We think it’s important for any organization that’s just starting out to begin with a clear and specific idea of the type of place it wants to be, and the culture it wants to embody and aspire to. For us, there were about 10 different principles we knew were important to us, and as we discussed what they’d mean in practice we were able to distill them down to these 3 core values, which we think really capture the essence of what we are trying to achieve with The Venn.
Firstly, civil discourse is the central tenet of what we are doing. We want The Venn to be the place people can rely on for rational, reasonable, and hopefully insightful discussion on issues that effect our communities, our country, and the world.
Non-partisan: because only in that way can we hope to bring civil discourse across the political spectrum. And besides, we believe most people are still in a state of discovery when it comes to forming opinions on many issues. We aren’t telling people what to think, we just want to help them get the information they need to make their decisions.
Inclusivity: that applies both internally and externally. We believe in having a diverse workforce because that is the way to get the best talent, and because diverse teams are proven to be more successful. Externally, because we believe that what we are doing is important and relevant to everyone, across all parts of society. It goes without saying, but we are living through particularly polarized times, and yet a healthy democracy relies on people being able to talk to one another: to discuss ideas and challenge assumptions. In order to be able to do this we really need information sources that aim to be inclusive rather than divisive in how they approach political discussion. We think we can be that source.