What we do

We’re “The Thing” – a collaborative, open community for community builders.

Inspired by a pioneering late 1980s bulletin board system (BBS) project, also called “The Thing,” we’re carrying the torch of building a network that spans both on an offline.

Our mission is to bridge the gap between the technical and the non-technical, making the future of AI accessible and empowering for everyone.

How we do it

Build in public. We believe in transparency and shared learning. Our projects and processes are open for all to see and contribute.

Connect the dots. We’re building a network of nodes and projects, each contributing to a greater good. We envision a vibrant ecosystem where ideas flow freely and collaboration thrives.

Host events. We bring communities together through in-person events, primarily at the AI Collective in San Francisco.

We’ve previously worked with organizations like the People-Centered Internet, IEEE, SeedAI, MindsDB and more to foster inclusive discussions and collaborations.

Champion openness We believe in sharing resources and knowledge freely. We’re committed to building a foundation for future innovation that benefits everyone.