Our mission is to empower productive, respectful discourse on critical issues.

Discourse provides a succinct, simple structure so you can understand varied and often opposing viewpoints on important but divisive topics in under 2 minutes. 

We consolidate the key facts from trustworthy sources across the political spectrum and present a balanced, neutral summary of the dominant stances and supporting data. Our goal is not to persuade or convince, only to help you digest the whole picture so you can form your own opinion with more information and empathy.

How It Works

Discourse is a place to consume balanced information about sensitive topics. It is a collection of articles (called ‘topic pages’) that cover a wide range of relevant sensitive topics. These could be highly political topics, like Defunding Police or Affirmative Action. They also could be more informative topics like The Future of AI or Screen Time for Kids. There are five pillars that we have designed these topic pages around:

  1. Balanced: All topics include information from all relevant viewpoints. Rather than trying to prove a point, we’re trying to tell a story about the overall discourse.
  2. Collaborative: Anyone can suggest changes / additions (which are reviewed to ensure that they adhere to our principles guidelines).
  3. Trustworthy: All content is rigorously and transparently sourced from trustworthy but digestible sources; we include interactive source links inline that allow people to dive deeper.
  4. Digestible: All content is written in simple, clear language. Unlike scientific papers or many other trustworthy sources, content on Discourse is written for the average person.
  5. Engaging: Our user experience is built to be engaging and visual. We include graphics where necessary, develop an interactive model for navigating through the content, and keep it relevant with the most up-to-date news & events related to an issue.
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Who We Are

We are a team of seasoned professionals from across social media, journalism, medicine, and politics. We are deeply passionate about enabling productive conversation on the polarizing topics that are pulling our world apart.

Collectively, we have experience working across many apps, hundreds of countries, thousands of topics, and billions of people.
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Leadership Team

Robbie Goldfarb

Founder, CEO
Robbie has dedicated his career to creating a more open and respectful internet. He has worked in products across news, social media, education, misinformation and online safety at some of the world’s largest technology companies.

Jake Bolam

Founder, CTO
Jake has over 15 years of experience leading technology companies in education, social media, and statistics. Having built numerous products used by over a billion people, he’s a world class expert in building technology that scales to the masses.

Ranjit Bhatia

Head of Content
Ranjit is an entrepreneur who is passionate about the potential for technology to create outsized social impact. He has over a decade's experience building and scaling products used by millions of people across Australia, Asia, and North America.

Richard Bussy

Head of Marketing
Richard has many years of experience working in some of the most challenging areas of the internet at massive scale. He is able to connect Discourse to the right people and communities to ensure it is being built to a high degree of quality and integrity.


Andy Pergam

Andy has experience across both technology and media, having been an executive at major media companies including McClatchy, The Washington Post, and Meta but also served on the board of technology companies such as Watchup, Pie, and Matter.

Jody Brannon

Jody is an experienced leader in news, education, and policy She has worked for Microsoft, USA Today, National Journal and has served with several journalism nonprofits.

Nick Wrenn

Nick is a seasoned media executive with experience leading global teams at major organizations such as CNBC, Meta, CNN, BBC.

Lewis Novack

Lewis is an Infectious Disease specialist at Harvard University with experience studying online communications about Covid-19 and other contentious scientific topics.


Who creates the content?
We believe that the most scalable and fair solutions need to be open but carefully controlled. Therefore, content on Discourse is built on suggestions from the community but ultimately put together by our content committee.

Our content committee is composed of experts across areas such as journalism, medicine, and politics. This group is responsible for taking suggestions from the community and using those to develop our content in a way that is succinct and robustly sourced.

We have strict content principles and guidelines that govern everything from the format in which we present information to the type of language we use. 

To keep pace with rapid information change, correct inaccuracies quickly, and reduce any potential bias, we also allow any reader to suggest edits. Our team of experts will review every suggestion to ensure all content is fact-checked, relevant, and abides by our content guidelines before it is published.
How is Discourse funded?
Discourse is entirely self-funded and operated independently by its team. We do not earn revenue from advertisements, permit any pay-to-play content, or accept funding from any organizations. If we do, we’ll be transparent with our readers.
Are we affiliated with any political parties or movements?
We believe that the best solutions to the world’s problems are arrived at through a combination of empirical evidence, sound logical reasoning, and rigorous debate. We do not align ourselves with any political party or ideology, and believe that the best and most viable solutions to our challenges come from being able to bridge the gap between multiple perspectives.
How do you determine what sources are credible?
Our content committee vets and cites every source that informs our content. We only reference reputable sources which include:
  • News organizations that employ professional journalists, produce original content, are transparent about their ownership, identify the authors of their articles, adhere to industry standards, have a commitment to fact-based journalism that represents the views of diverse communities and interests, and strive to present fair balance between different viewpoints in their articles
  • Research from academics or from academic institutions that is impartial, transparent about how the research was conducted, conducted independently, transparent about any external funding for the research, and timely and relevant to the topic 
  • Federal or state government departments that have published research directly relevant to the topic 
  • Public officials with relevant experience
  • NGOs or non-profit organizations with specialist expertise in the topic
How are you ensuring a truly balanced perspective?
Our diverse team of experts source and summarize the most important information from credible publications and organizations across the political spectrum. We have strict internal guidelines that govern everything from the format in which we present information to the type of language we use (see our public facing content guidelines).  

These principles were built upon journalistic and content curation best practices to ensure integrity, neutrality, and fairness are upheld consistently across the topics we cover. Community suggestions and contributions are also a key factor in us being as balanced and accurate as possible.
How are you controlling for misinformation?
We only reference reputable sources and heavily cite throughout each article so readers know where information is coming from and can click through to read the full source content.

We also allow any reader to suggest an edit to ensure there is ample opportunity for our community to flag and correct any inaccuracies. However, all reader suggestions are evaluated by our content committee to ensure they adhere to our content guidelines and sourcing standards.