cylindr profiles people who’ve committed themselves to the common good as they see it, often above their own monetary gain and, in some cases, their own well-being. People who, as reflected in the interviews and articles shared here, can learn much from each other across a wide range of fields and perspectives, but too rarely get the chance. Until now.
Whatever your line of work, you’ll find information, cogitation, and inspiration in cylindr that you might not have experienced otherwise.
Here’s to human dignity.
— Michael Pates / editor
Oh, about the name. cylindr derives its name from the Cyrus Cylinder, an artifact of the Persian Empire. Upon conquering Babylon, in 539 BC, Cyrus the Great, per the custom of the time, had his governing philosophy — founded on respect for religious diversity and local autonomy — inscribed on a clay cylinder and buried beneath the walls of Babylon. By most accounts, Cyrus lived up to that philosophy, affording his peoples unprecedented freedom and prosperity. Unearthed in 1879, the Cyrus Cylinder has been described as the world’s first human rights charter and translated into all official U.N. languages.
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