openDemocracy

openDemocracy

openDemocracy is a not-for-profit organization. Motivated by our commitment to democracy and human rights, openDemocracy uses “new media” as a publishing and organizing tool, encouraging the advancement of civic education; particularly an advanced understanding of democracy, equality, global processes and participation.

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openDemocracy’s core supports all of our projects using “new media” as a publishing and organizing tool to encourage the advancement of civic education; particularly an advanced understanding of democracy, equality, global processes and participation. Our core operation supports our web-based open source model for news analysis and opinion which acts as a platform for debate, enabling an improved dialogue between humans across the social spectrum and throughout the world; allowing people to combat discrimination, bring unheard voices to prominence and courageously intervene; strengthening and spreading democratic ideals. openDemocracy’s editorial project is to be true to each and every reality of globalization. We aim to critically treat everything which we examine from the inside: neither demeaningly “about” others, nor easily relativist. Every day, we publish approximately 5 to 10 original, edited pieces. Users contribute, on average, another 50 pieces of commentary or forum debate per day. There is a clear and open process by which volunteers and writers can be brought into the editorial process --- we have a virtual editorial forum to which non-staff contributors are invited. The editorship of the front-page rotates between editors of the sections on openDemocracy---this allows each section editor to become aware of the whole, and so also for each part to influence the direction of the whole. The editorial organization thus reflects the philosophy of pluralism that underlies the editorial project. Anyone with a clear editorial project can approach us with a proposal to develop editorially linked sections of the web-site. We have sections focused on Russia, India, Gender, UK Constitutional reform, Economics and democratic alternatives to the ‘war on terror’. In addition to this we plan to expand our publication scope to also encompass sections on Latin America, Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Francophonia culture, science and philosophy. We provide the entire infrastructure that an editorial project needs - IT, accounting, assistance with fundraising and networks of advisers. More than 3,000 authors from the world over have published and been edited on openDemocracy. There is a clear and open process for article submissions: our goal is to bring new writers with judgment and authenticity to a wider attention and influence. openDemocracy articles and new media offerings are syndicated and linked to throughout the web and in print publications. The full extent and sheer volume of openDemocracy’s work, as well as all of our proposed future sections, is all made possible by our core operations. Our core is the solid foundation which supports all of our sections, editorial projects and writers. Without it nothing which we do would be possible. Without sufficient support, openDemocracy would not be able to continue its editorial projects, and without openDemocracy the stories told about globalization will come with mainstream media’s national and sectoral biases. This not only prevents people from developing thoughtful attitudes towards globalization; it changes globalization’s course. The trustworthiness of global media brands has become tarnished. This is why openDemocracy’s new, innovative and open platform is so badly needed.

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