If you are getting touch about the Transformation section of openDemocracy, please contact our editor Mike Edwards ([email protected]).

If you are not sure that your input/request relates to the Transformation section, please contact openDemocracy, here.

Pitch or submit content

Submitting - All submissions to openDemocracy go through a centralised system. If you think your submission belongs in Transformation, please check the 'Transformation' box, and we will get it more swiftly. If you have discussed the submission with one of the team, or it has been commissioned, please email it directly to one of the editors

You may also find it easier to email it directly if it is a video.

Pitching – If you'd like to pitch a submission directly to Transformation, email Mike Edwards ([email protected]). Pitches should be brief: no more than two short paragraphs outlining your argument, why you should write it and how it relates to the themes of Transformation.

Submission guide

We welcome submissions in any format – written pieces of between 500 and 2,000 words, audio-visual material, photography and podcasts. If your submission is a written article, please do accompany it with visual images.

We ask all our contributors to answer two questions when writing their piece:

  1. What is transformative about this story, as opposed to a slight iteration of current practice?
  2. How does it illustrate the links between personal and social change that, in our view, lie at the heart of transformation?

We are looking for contributions in any area of Transformation, including economics, politics, activism, society and transforming ourselves.

Authors should be aware that our readers come from many different countries, so please keep an intelligent, informed international readership in mind. Although most of our initial contributors are based in the USA and Europe, we want to attract as wide a range of writers as possible.

Please avoid the use of jargon and technical language. We look for writing that is exciting, energetic, accessible and fun. Bear in mind that you are writing a piece of journalism rather than an academic essay or a policy document. Wherever possible, please use stories and concrete examples to illustrate your points.

We don't have a strict style guide, but there are a few rules we abide by.

  • Direct quotations should be in double quotation marks.
  • Please try to avoid superscript, as this messes up our layout.

Thank you.

Commenting guide

Following from our commitment to debate and deliberation, we place as much emphasis on our comments as on our posts, and expect them to meet as high a standard. We moderate our comments to try and ensure precision, respect and relevance, and we won’t tolerate abuse. We may delete comments that don't meet these standards, and will always be transparent about the decisions we have taken.

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