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Thank you to all of you for helping us reach £250,000 - openDemocracy will stay open!

Magnus Nome
28 March 2013

We did it!

It´s great news: openDemocracy broke through our £250,000 target a few days before the deadline of March 31. This means we won’t have to close and will continue to publish writing, thinking and debates on the world we live in.

And by ”we did it”, we really mean all of us – especially you: readers, writers, donors and supporters who have dug deep into pockets, time and imagination. We can exist only because of your interest and commitment.

Thank you for your solidarity, your funding and your messages.

With a stronger financial foundation, we will not only stay open, but keep developing openDemocracy into what we see as a digital commons, open, accessible and well organised, with our focus where it should be: great and original coverage.

And we want to work with you, listen to what you’ve got to say, especially on what you think we should do better. The Campaign blog will continue as an Editors blog: an informal window into the oD office where we will also share what you tell us is on your minds.

Not a few of you have mentioned that our design and navigation system leave something to be desired… we don’t disagree! With the crisis weathered, this is now a top priority, and as spring comes to the northern hemisphere, you’ll notice some upgrades of our site. You can also look forward to a new section launching this summer: Transformation.

Again, thank you – and watch this space…

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