Iranian Diaspora Platform is a Public Benefit Corporation, and aims to be held to high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency set by B Lab, an independent certifying group. As a Public Benefit Corporation, Iranian Diaspora’s mission and commitment to empowering people everywhere are legally part of the organization’s founding charter.
Iranian Diaspora launched as a pilot project in June 2017 by groups of exiled Iranian journalists, artists, activists, and academics. Our goal is to build and maintain an independent home for Iranians in diaspora through responsive, authenticated, fact-based journalism. We also, aim to provide integrated community platform with extensive job search, survey, networking, listing, advertising, publishing, and e-commerce features. Every interaction with our platform is rewarded with our integrated points system. Points can be used to make purchase on our platform, place ads, upgrade to pro membership or support social and environmental causes.
The problems we seek to solve are thorny issues at the intersection of technology, society, and politics that require in-depth perspectives, research methods, and practices. We publish and encourage in depth research that can ground informed, evidence-based public debates to enrich quality of public discourses. We believe that no one is powerless and making change is part of everyday life. Our open platform empower a wide range of perspectives so all Iranians in diaspora can join, share experiences, express their opinion, and find support for causes they care about.
Our dynamic business model enable us to operate independent of shareholders, advertisers, and governments, relying instead on readers, volunteers, activists, and innovative methods of financing, including crowdfunding. We combine the vision of a non-profit with the flexibility and innovation of a technology startup. We are committed to the independence and autonomy of Iranian Diaspora Platform as the main pillar of our Founding Principles. Thus, we do not accept funding that would affect our ability to pursue work free of external interference, and we fiercely protect the independence of our researchers and fellows in their intellectual activities and individual funding relationships.
Our groups of professional editors work closely with activists, entrepreneurs, grassroots, and progressive organizations around the world to unlock their knowledge and enrich our collective work as a transparent, inclusive, and diverse platform. Everything you see on the platform is started by our collectives and users. People and organizations around the world use our platform to express their ideas, find jobs, take educational courses, create professional portfolios and raise funds for their projects and causes. We are proud to support robust debate and avoid censoring content, but, like other prominent online platforms, we do remove certain content which clearly violates our Community Guidelines including hate speech and the incitement of violence.
The work and well-being of Iranian Diaspora is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, and much more. We are committed to making certain that a wide array of perspectives are heard and that our work is publicly available.