Ideapod is a publishing and education platform helping people to escape from societal and educational conditioning so they can live life on their own terms.
Our platform promotes much more than a free exchange of ideas. We support people in building a deeper connection with themselves, others around them and society more broadly. We believe this helps to create the conditions for ideas to become meaningful and ultimately change the world.
Our commentary pieces on the publishing platform explore the ideas shaping our world and receive more than two million readers monthly. Our weekly newsletter has over 100,000 subscribers. We also have a thriving community of readers exploring ideas together at Ideapod Discussions.
We recently launched Ideapod Academy, our online education platform providing people with the knowledge and tools to build deeper connections with themselves so they can live more fulfilling and productive lives.
We are currently building the Filter Bubble Buster, a new kind of search engine that surfaces perspectives from media outlets around the web that inspire people from within multiple echo chambers (rather than keeping people trapped in their current ways of thinking – which is what most of the media of the world does today).
We've published thousands of articles exploring the ideas shaping our world, reaching over two million monthly readers.
Our education platform delivers online courses and eBooks that help you to escape from societal and educational conditioning so you can live a fulfilling life on your own terms.
We're building a next-generation search engine that surfaces perspectives from media platforms around the web that inspire people from within multiple echo chambers.
Founder of Ideapod after dropping out of a PhD program in international political economy.
Ideapod’s editor-in-chief. Also the founder of Hack Spirit, a blog on eastern philosophy and self-improvement.
The creator of Out of the Box and designing Ideapod Academy’s future curriculum. World-renowned shaman.
Ideapod’s partnership manager. Also runs customer service for Ideapod Academy.
Ideapod’s lead developer having built our new learning platform. Working on the prototype for our filter bubble buster.
Writer, poet, and blogger. Divides her time between traveling, writing, and working on her debut poetry book.
Poet and writer with a positive outlook and purpose in mind when writing.
Justin Brown and Mark Bakacs began Ideapod in 2013 believing the world needed 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 unlearn who they think they are and to do so in an informative and entertaining way.
In 2018, we launched Ideapod Academy, our education arm providing online courses 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.
We are also currently building the Filter Bubble Buster, our search engine for surfacing perspectives in the media that manage to inspire people across multiple echo chambers.
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.