Who are we ?
Fair Observer is a US-based nonprofit media organization that aims to inform and educate global citizens of today and tomorrow. We publish a crowdsourced multimedia journal that provides a 360° view to help you make sense of the world. We also conduct educational and training programs for students, young professionals and business executives on subjects like journalism, geopolitics, the global economy, diversity and more.
We provide context, analysis and multiple perspectives on world news, politics, economics, business and culture. Our multimedia journal is recognized by the US Library of Congress with International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) 2372-9112.
We have a crowdsourced journalism model that combines a wide funnel with a strong filter. This means that while anyone can write for us, every article we publish has to meet our editorial guidelines. Already, we have more than 1,800 contributors from over 70 countries, including former prime ministers and Nobel laureates, leading academics and eminent professionals, journalists and students.
Think of us as a global community like Medium, Al Jazeera English or The Guardian’s Comment is Free on world affairs. You could also compare us to The Huffington Post, except that we work closely with our contributors, provide feedback and enable them to achieve their potential.
Fair Observer is a partner of the World Bank and the United Nations Foundation.
What do we do?
Fair Observer publishes content on a daily basis. Our focus is on issues that really matter to the world, such as environmental challenges or scientific innovations, economic trends or political developments, humanitarian crises or social movements.
We publish a unique “360°” analysis that delves deep into an issue. It places the topic in context and then elicits many views on it. Our premise is that everyone has a bias and all of us have blindsides, but when we come together, we have a better approximation of the truth.
Our mission is to inform and to educate. Therefore, we produce in-depth reports, publications and videos on various issues. Our first book on the Arab Uprisings has been widely appreciated. Our yearbooks and quarterlies are prescribed reading in many universities. Our reports and publications are meant for the public and are of particular use to policy analysts, business professionals and students.
We conduct educational and training programs for students, young professionals and business executives around the world. We conducted our 2016 Voices of the World Program across six countries in partnership with the United Nations Foundation.
How do we do what we do?
To produce the content you see on our website, we form an editorial agenda on the basis of your suggestions and our judgment. Then, we solicit content from thought leaders in their fields. Individual team members produce content too.
Furthermore, we receive a large volume of content that we review on a daily basis, spending time sifting and editing submitted articles to ensure the highest quality. Partner institutions such as Knowledge@Wharton and S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies also publish with us.
Why do we do what we do?
We believe in freedom and fairness, diversity and debate and in challenging the status quo. We have courage in our convictions and are defined by our values, which are as follows:
1. Openness: Anyone can publish content in any form. All we ask is that contributors be right on their facts and make their arguments rigorously.
2. Democracy: Democracy is not just about voting. It is about basic freedoms, rule of law, protection of minorities, development of institutions and, above all, discourse. Fair Observer stands for democratizing the global conversation and fostering a new discourse.
3. Plurality: In an increasingly complex world of over 7 billion people, we celebrate diversity, especially of views. Therefore, we seek divergent views to help our readers make sense of the world.
4. Inquiry: We believe in examining issues instead of chasing headlines. The historic role of what Edmund Burke called the fourth estate — to inform, educate and hold the powerful to account — has largely been abandoned as revenue models for newspapers have disappeared. We have adopted the nonprofit model because we take our role as a member of the fourth estate seriously.
5. Education: Our goal is to inspire students, professionals and citizens to ask fundamental questions, engage with ideas, explore the world and reflect on the great issues of our times. The vast majority of schools in the world lack resources. We aim to help them by organizing workshops, seminars and lectures, as well as by providing training programs to their students in writing, editing and speaking. We also aim to assist professionals in policy and business make sense of the world they operate in today—whether it is geopolitics or the world economy, or issues pertaining to demography, development and the environment. In brief, we take our mission to educate the global citizens of today and tomorrow with utmost seriousness.
What is our vision?
We live at a time when the world is becoming increasingly interconnected and is changing faster than ever before. There is ever more data and, in the halcyon age of social media, it multiplies by the second. We aim to help you make sense of the world by cutting through the noise and focusing on issues, events and trends of significance.
Our vision is to create the first truly global media platform that transcends borders, beliefs and backgrounds, that provides a plurality of perspectives, that fosters real debate, that tells the story behind the story, and that involves you in a meaningful global conversation.
In sum, we aim to provide a 360° view so the global citizen of today and tomorrow can make sense of the world.
Who funds us?
For a full list of our backers, please see our donor page.
You can pay with PayPal/Credit Card/Debit Card.
You can make a check payable to “Fair Observer” and post it to 461 Harbor Blvd, Belmont,
CA 94002, USA.