Humanosity – an Examined Life is the brainchild of journalist and film maker Stephen Barrett.
During a successful career in broadcasting he saw how important ideas are in shaping the destiny of individuals and societies. This is especially so in such times of profound change as we find ourselves. In this world increasingly dominated by simplified and partisan debate, Humanosity is an exciting new project that will put critical thinking back at the heart of political and cultural debates.
Humanosity is a series of articles, interviews and podcasts that will examine some of the key issues of our time. Interviews with influential thinkers and key players will be combined with the best analysis from around the world. The articles and interviews will cover a wide range of topics and will cover all corners of the globe
Articles and abridged versions of the interviews will be available on this website and full interviews and lots of extra content will be available via subscription when the feature is fully launched.
Each month we will feature a podcast that will focus on an in depth exploration of a topical issue. The podcast will be broken down in to four 20min podcasts uploaded weekly. Abridged versions will be available for free here whilst the full 20min version will be available on our patreon site, details of which you can find on our podcast page.
Humanosity seeks to reach out to like minded souls who appreciate the importance of ideas and quality debate in building a better future. If this sounds appealing then please click on the sponsor link and come join our community. If you would like to contribute articles then please click on the submissions page and follow the instructions.
In the medium term the hope is to bring on board a research team and a range of guest presenters, each an expert in their fields so that we can increase the amount of subjects that Humanosity covers.
The longer term goal for Humanosity is to build a big enough community who believe in and support the project, so that we can offer video content alongside the podcasts. The power of imagery to get across ideas is undeniable, so it would be great to able to offer both.
None of this can be achieved without the support of others and we hope that you love ideas and debate as much as we do and will come and join our community.
Who’s it For?
The curious, the political, the questioners, the mad…
Because ideas matter.
Our Editorial Team
Stephen Barrett – Editor & Managing Director
Stephen has more than twenty years experience as a journalist and documentary maker. He is a foreign affairs specialist who has a keen interest in publishing those stories that receive little attention but really matter.
Ruhan van Vuuren – Business Manager
Ruhan has vast experience in business development and managing web based business. He has a keen interest in world affairs, with a special interest in compelling human interest stories that bring everyday experiences to light.
We employ a range of freelance writers to produce our content under their own bylines. Our current team is Srivats Lakshman and Niamh Reddin
How We Are Funded
Humanosity is funded through a subscription model and through advertising. The majority of our articles at free to access but as our news organisation grows we will increasingly offer premium content that will only be available to our paid members.
We care about being perfectly clear and precise with words, headlines, and URLs and understand that words have real power and act accordingly. Writers for Humanosity must verify the information they gather and write at all times. This includes identifying information such as names, locations, factual statements, and accounts related to the content. Writers do their own fact-checking using their own judgment and information under the light of our Ethics Policy. Humanosity is ready to and will use fact-checkers both online and within the editorial team in certain circumstances if the need arises. We are committed to non-partisanship, transparency of sources, transparency of funding, and being open to reasonable criticism and corrections. We check the information with all related parties before publishing it online.
If we receive a claim regarding fact-checking on our website, we first contact the source of the claim for further elaboration and supporting information. We also contact individuals and organizations who would have more information about or have relevant experience on the subject at hand, as well as researching relevant literature (news articles, scientific and medical journal articles, books, interview transcripts, statistical sources) that has bearing on the topic.
We prefer to use unbiased information and data sources viewed by our equals, as much as possible. We also alert our readers that information and data from sources, such as political advocacy organizations and sided parties, should be evaluated considerately.
Our professional code of ethics policy aims to give our employees guidelines on our business ethics and stance on various controversial matters. We trust our employees to use their better judgment, but the following is the behaviour we expect.
Respect for others. Treat people as you want to be treated.
Integrity and honesty. Tell the truth and avoid any wrongdoing to the best of your ability.
Justice. Make sure you’re objective and fair and don’t disadvantage others.
Lawfulness. Know and follow the law – always.
Competence and accountability. Work hard and be responsible for your work.
Teamwork. Collaborate and ask for help.
At Humanosity we don’t tolerate less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, gender, gender reassignment, age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, disability, marital/civil partnership status, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, responsibility for dependents, trade union or political activities, criminal record, place of residence, religion, faith or other beliefs, health status or any other reason which cannot be shown to be justified.
If you believe a story we have published is inaccurate, please contact the editorial team. You can:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write to The Editor, Humanosity, 71-75 Shelton St, London WC2H 9JQ
Once verified, we will correct the story on the website as soon as possible. Where appropriate, the fact a correction has been made will be noted on the story.