The goal of humanistic education is to help people become open to experience, highly creative, and self-directed. This is a person- centred approach. Knowledge-building communities aim to advance the collective knowledge of a community. This is an idea-centred approach. When the two approaches are combined, they create a new one: humanistic knowledge- building communities. Research shows that students who participate in HKBCs develop their knowledge and selves in integrated and transformative ways.