Ideapod provides education and media that enhances creativity

We believe humans are at their creative best when they have the ability to inquire and create constructively and independently, free from external controls.

Yet there are many forces in society that take away our creativity, reducing us to cogs in a machine without the capacity to think for ourselves.

Our mission is to inspire the world to take control back from institutions and actors that take their power away. We do this by providing media and education that helps people to think critically, question standard conventions and become more creativity.

Our articles, masterclasses and workshops inspire people to get to know their true selves in a profound way while enhancing their personal power.

We’ve published over 1,000 articles and have a monthly readership of almost one million people. Our masterclasses have been attended by well over 10,000 people.

My mission is to help people enhance their creativity and think critically so the ideas they’re bringing to life are truly their own. We’re a media and education platform focused on helping people understand the way ideas shape their consciousness and how they interact with the world. Ultimately, I hope that Ideapod supports people in finding their own way, creating pathways of meaning and fulfillment in ways that are unique to them.

Justin Brown

Founder of Ideapod

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Publishing

Our articles explore the ideas shaping the world, emphasizing personal development, politics and society.

Newsletter

We send out a weekly newsletter to our subscribers with the best of Ideapod from the week.

Academy

We offer free masterclasses and online workshops helping people to enhance their creativity.

Filter Bubble Buster

We're building a search engine showing people news media that brings people together.

Meet the team

FOUNDER, chief publisher

Justin Brown

Founder of Ideapod after dropping out of a PhD program in international political economy.

editor-in-chief

Lachlan Brown

Ideapod’s editor-in-chief. Also the founder of Hack Spirit, a blog on eastern philosophy and self-improvement.

lead instructor, academy

Rudá Iandê

The creator of Out of the Box and designing Ideapod Academy’s future curriculum. World-renowned shaman.

partnerships

Maria Fe Inot

Ideapod’s partnership manager. Also runs customer service for Ideapod Academy.

developer

Daniel Alcantara

Ideapod’s lead developer having built our new learning platform. Working on the prototype for our filter bubble buster. 

writer

Genefe Navilon

Writer, poet, and blogger. Divides her time between traveling, writing, and working on her debut poetry book.

OUR STORY

Ideapod was founded in 2013 as a platform for the free and open exchange of ideas. In 2014 we launched the first beta version of our social network promoting this aim, opening it to the public in 2015. By the end of 2016 our community had grown, with over 15,000 ideas shared and a core community of regular users.

Yet at the beginning of 2017, it was clear that the world was changing. Social media platforms had already made ideas free and open, but this was coinciding with a widening polarization of the public in Western societies (and globally).

In this polarized environment, ideas aren’t really free and open in the way we wanted them to be. Instead, ideas go viral within their own echo chambers.

Here’s the definition of an echo chamber:

“an environment in which a person encounters only beliefs or opinions that coincide with their own, so that their existing views are reinforced and alternative ideas are not considered.”

This describes the current state of the Internet and the polarization of Western society. We find ourselves using social media platforms that feed us media that reinforces our current perspectives. Media platforms have little incentive to create content that challenges their audience to think differently about various issues.

With this context in mind, in 2017 Ideapod launched its online magazine that now reaches millions of people every month. Our editorial focus, driven by Lachlan Brown, is to explore the ideas shaping our world so that our readers can understand the ways in which ideas condition their conception of themselves, each other and the world around them. Our aim is to publish stories that help people to find their own authenticity, and to do so in an informative and entertaining way.

In 2018, we launched Ideapod Academy, our education arm providing online workshops and eBooks that provide people with the knowledge and tools to escape from societal and educational conditioning so they can live meaningful lives on their own terms. Our Academy’s educational focus is guided by Rudá Iandê.

In early 2019, we launched Ideapod Discussions, a new version of our social network. It’s a place where our community can come together and discuss the stories shared on the main site. 

How we are funded

Ideapod is a for-profit company incorporated in Delaware, USA, initially funded by private angel investors. We generate revenue through advertising, reader subscriptions, and eCommerce sales. Advertising is clearly labelled when it appears within articles. At times, we enter into affiliate partnerships and disclose the arrangement at the top of relevant articles.

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