April 12, 2007
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CRAIGSLIST.ORG FOUNDER SHARES HIS BELIEF
IN “THAT GOLDEN RULE THING”
IN ESSAY FOR NPR’S THIS I BELIEVE SERIES
ON NPR NEWS ALL THINGS CONSIDERED
MONDAY, APRIL 16



April 12, 2007; Washington, D.C. – Craig Newmark, founder of the online classified ad and discussion community craigslist.org, has grown to believe that “pretty much everyone operates by that Golden Rule thing,” an idea he shares in an essay for the NPR series This I Believe. Newmark’s essay is airing Monday, April 16, on NPR News All Things Considered. For local stations and broadcast times, visit www.NPR.org/stations.

Inspired by newsman Edward R. Murrow’s 1950’s radio program of the same name, This I Believe features Americans from all walks of life expressing their core beliefs and values in short, personal essays.

Newmark, who founded craigslist.org in San Francisco in 1995, begins his essay by saying he “used to share the cynicism common to many of my fellow nerds – that people were frequently malicious and opportunistic.” After working full-time on customer service for his site, which is run by the people who use it, Newmark’s views changed: “I see that most people share a similar moral compass; they play fair, they give each other a break, and they generally get along.”

He continues: “Many of us have lost a sense of neighborhood and community, and we really crave that. In today's culture, sometimes we can find it on the web.... like, it's easy to connect with someone who’s just trying to sell a used sofa, and it’s really hard to hate a person that’s trying to do that.”

Newmark joins a growing list of well-known essayists who have contributed to the series since its premiere on April 4, 2005, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell; Senator John McCain; Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates; skateboarding pro Tony Hawk; activist Gloria Steinem; author John Updike; and musician Wayne Coyne.

More than 22,000 NPR listeners have also submitted essays to This I Believe. Essays chosen for broadcast have ranged from revelations about parents, personal struggles, race and identity, to the importance of feeding monkeys.

This I Believe essay writing has been incorporated into the activities of schools, community groups, places of worship as well as birthday celebrations. Essays have also been read or played at weddings and funerals. The series is a collaboration between NPR and This I Believe, Inc., Dan Gediman and Jay Allison, producers.

To date, This I Believe essays have ranked among the top e-mailed stories on NPR.org. To listen or to read past essays, please visit www.NPR.org/thisibelieve.

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