What is Open Culture’s Mission?

Open Culture explores cultural and educational media (podcasts, videos, online courses, etc.) that’s freely available on the web, and that makes learning dynamic, productive, and fun. We sift through all the media, highlight the good and jettison the bad, and centralize it in one place. Trust us, you’ll find engaging content here that will keep you learning and sharp. And you will find it much more efficiently than if you spend your time searching with Google, Yahoo or iTunes.

Who Writes for Open Culture?

Dan Colman, the lead editor, is the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program. Before that, he served as the Managing Director of AllLearn, an e-learning consortium owned by Stanford, Oxford and Yale, and as the Director of Business Development and Editorial Manager at About.com. He received his PhD and MA from Stanford, and his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The common thread running through his career is his interest in bringing relevant, perspective-changing information to large audiences, often with the help of the internet.

Ed Finn, a regular contributor, is a graduate student in Stanford’s Department of English, where he studies the intersections of literature and technology, new media and media theory. Before coming to Stanford, he worked as an Assistant Editor at Slate and Popular Science and spent some time as a freelance journalist. He is also the author of The Legend of the O.K. Corral. You can check out his professional blog here.

Is the Site Affiliated with Stanford University?

This site is not formally associated with Stanford. The ideas/views expressed here belong to Dan, or others. But, in all cases, they are private ones.

How Can I Contact Open Culture?

Feel free to email us any time.

Do You Have a Privacy Policy

Yes, read all about it here.

Can I Advertise on Open Culture?

Yes. Google runs our advertising and you can instantly reach our savvy readers by clicking here. If you want to advertise directly, just write us.

Can I Recommend Materials to List on Open Culture?

Yes. If you would like us to add links to relevant parts of our site, you can suggest materials/links via email and we will be happy to review them. Please let us know where you think your material should be listed, and try to provide all of the information that will help us list your material. For example, if you want us to include a link in one of our podcast directories, please look at the appropriate directory and include all of the information that we typically include in our entries.

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