- is a digital commons not a magazine – a public service on the web not a commodity
- is an independent, public interest, not-for-profit; a counter to the corporate media
- champions human rights
- seeks out and debates forms of democratic change
- delights in good ideas vigorously debated and argument backed by investigation
- critiques vested interests
- supports pluralist inclusion without populism and tries to a give voice to those marginalised
- tries neither to blink at the crisis of government nor cultivate alarmism
- opposes fundamentalisms, including market fundamentalism
- regards the freedom and liberty of others as our own
- practices 'openness', rather than grasp at stultifying ‘neutrality’
- publishes under Creative Commons licensing
- supports peace-making and reconciliation
- is committed to global education and encouraging good and creative writing
- welcomes a range of forms to enable us to respond swiftly and interrogate deeply

openDemocracy in numbers

Since it was founded in May 2001, oD has published over 20,000 articles, analyses, podcasts, videos and exchanges by 5,000 authors.

  • Read weekly in almost every country of the world (we are blocked in China and Iran)
  • Publishes an average of over 60 articles a week
  • Monthly readership of over 215,000 (unique visitors)
  • Top countries by readership: United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia, India, Germany and France.
  • Strongest growth in readership: Middle East, Africa and India.
  • The openDemocracy model

    We have an open, federal organisation that reflects our values in the architecture of the website and the way we operate, with Sections that are editorially independent, do their own publishing and raise their own funding - while the Main Site publishes on all general issues, inspires and hosts new debates, encourages guest editors and manages production and the business side.


  • oDR – on liberty in the post-Soviet world
  • 50.50 – on inclusion and gender equality
  • OurKingdom – on the crisis of democracy in Britain
  • openSecurity – on conflict and peace in our age
  • Transformation – where love meets social justice
  • Arab Awakening – currently an independently edited debate
  • JustEconomy – we aim to launch this to replace our current OpenEconomy section
  • Our funding

    openDemocracy is a small and effective organisation, and our largest contributors are the thousands of established and new writers worldwide who contribute their time and expertise, the vast majority without payment. They do this because we offer an open-minded platform, a good audience and a conducive, quality environment not available elsewhere. Their volunteer work makes it possible to publish so much original quality content on our very modest budget.

    We depend on support from those who appreciate the importance of our work, both individuals and organisations. Please consider supporting us to help oD survive and grow. Supporters receive the Week in One Minute newsletter summarising our content.

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    openDemocracy's first Editor-in-Chief was its co-founder Anthony Barnett (2001-2007), he was succeeded by Tony Curzon Price  (2007-2012) who was succeeded by Magnus Nome (2012-present).

    Anthony was also the first Editor, he handed over the editorship to Isabel Hilton (2005-2007), Tony become editor in 2007 and handed over this role to Rosemary Bechler (2010-present).

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