HONY transcends barriers. Few pages on Facebook have such a diverse array of "likes" among my Facebook friends. Whether you consider yourself an athlete, a theater lover or a literature buff, everyone is human.
It was the call to action heard 'round the Internet: Brandon Stanton, founder of the greatest thing online, Humans of New York, posted a series of photos about Mott Hall Bridge Academy, a small Brooklyn, NY middle school.
It's easy to ignore what's going on around you, and to let people and events fade into one gigantic blur. But if you take a moment to observe, to really stop and give people some attention, you could learn a whole lot.
Have you ever scrolled down your newsfeed and come across a photograph depicting a person in New York along with a quoted caption? After reading the post, did you feel like it impacted your day in some minute way?
Behind every person you meet -- whether it's a waiter, your boss or a high school teacher -- there is a story. More or less complex, more or less happy. However, in most (or all) of the cases, definitely worth listening.
The 'Humans of' movement feels to me like a vehicle for illustrating what all of us know deep down: that we're all humans of somewhere, we all have a story and we all have something of value to say, if we're given the chance to say it.