Ideas Beyond Borders promotes the free exchange of ideas and defends human rights through education, partnerships, research, and technology to counter extremist narratives and authoritarian institutions.
Ideas are the currency through which our conscience exercises its freedom. Restricting the freedom of expression cages our ideas, and inhibits the very thing that makes us human – our conscience.
What are some borders that imprison ideas? Some are physical, such as geography and language. Others are more abstract, like government, cultural norms, and even your own self.
At Ideas Beyond borders, we believe that ideas should not be assailed by government persecution, censorship, or prohibited by intolerance. Ideas should be free, given room to stretch their legs and run, to dig into the soil and take root, to collide with other free ideas and become something greater than the sum of their parts.
In places that are hermetically sealed from open debate, human rights take a backseat. This is no coincidence. Because suppressing the free exchange of ideas deprives society of adequate checks and balances, thus allowing authoritarian institutions to hoard power and control, making the task of countering extremist narratives even more difficult.
Ideas Beyond Borders is focused on giving a voice to the voiceless and spreading good ideas in places dominated by extremist narratives.