WHAT IS THE POPULATION PROJECT?
The Population Project is a nonprofit organization, whose goal is to record the full name and place and date of birth of all living humans.
Such an endeavor has never been attempted. Interestingly enough, in a time when information has never been so plentiful, we do not give much thought to the 8 billion people—individual people, each with their own name— who share this planet with us.
A Monumental Task
Impossible? Perhaps. Consider some of the challenges:
300,000 babies are born every day
Not all births are registered, which makes tracking them difficult
The information that we log is collected from multitudinous sources that must be cross-checked, again and again, for accuracy
Sources we gather data from may contain errors; typos are known to happen even in electoral records and graduation lists
The world is in constant flux. Borders move. Cities are renamed. The only enduring certainty is change
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How You Can Help
The Population Project is more than a site, it is a worldwide initiative. There are many ways you can help from sharing us on social media to sending us lists of people.