OUR BUSINESS MODEL
Peeps is an independent online magazine devoted to bringing our readers ethically produced content from authoritative researchers. The research we share has been verified by experts before we even begin to develop our articles with our writers. Our editors are authorities in cultural studies, literary theory and development studies to ensure the information that we share is as useful and on-point for our readers as possible. Our designers use the same theory we apply to the writing of the articles to the design and photography used to share it. In short, we bring you cutting edge social theory to both share the information we offer and for you to make the kind of changes you want to see in the world.
Funded through the kind support of Ontario Creates, a creative fund devoted to entrepreneurial enterprises and the support of our members, Peeps is accountable only to our readers and to the ethics that sit at the heart of the production of the publication we share. There are no ads. Sponsors, when they support Peeps, are behind a firewall and do not have the ability to shape content. And our writers are recognized experts in their fields, bringing you insights that usually take years to come through traditional media.
Well-told, deeply researched stories about culture, shared with world class photojournalism and design.
Peeps offers insights of experts working in communities in every part of the globe, conveying lived experiences through the eyes of researchers who have participated and observed both the people and the events related first-hand. The purpose of this work is to provide a greater depth of understanding to both the differences and the sameness of the human experience shared across the planet. It also serves to offer fascinating and illuminating stories.
The art of doing and communicating good social research is, to quote one of our contributors, understanding how to make the strange familiar and the familiar strange. By replacing what can be sometimes reductive facts or misleading stats with what anthropologists call “thick description,” we are able to provide evocative and engaging understandings of the world around us that expand our connection to others rather than reducing them to sometimes indiscernible facts.
The way our stories are developed sits in opposition to the fast-serving news environment we’ve all come to be familiar with since the eighties and nineties. Our stories need time to be researched, to be thought through, and to be reviewed and assessed by other experts before being published first as scholarly information, then as stories for our readers. We serve insights about the world, but specifically about the culture and context that the events in the news are born from, allowing us to understand issues from a more complex, holistic perspective.
In an age where the reliability of the information we consume comes under increasing scrutiny, our readers are assured that the information we provide has been verified, through peer review and research client validation, before we even start to develop our stories with our professional editors. And because our stories come from the original researchers themselves, there’s no one to misinterpret or misrepresent the work they’ve done or the insights they’ve developed.
Our formula for information works.
Shortlisted for the Stack Independent Magazine Awards in 2016 and winner of Magazines Canada’s Best Special Interest Story 2017, we not only ensure that you get the best information, but that it is delivered as a good read.
We are deeply heartened by the increase of accessible scholarly content across the media-scape, glad that they are joining a conversation Peeps initiated in 2015. Most particularly, we are glad that readers who have lost confidence in conventional media options are finding ethically and rigorously produced information in independent media options, including Peeps.
Our new website holds all of the content from what used to be Peeps Forum, in addition to the stories that were originally only available in print from Issues 01 & 02. Membership gives you access to all of this, plus our quarterly publication, and the information and content that we will generate for our members throughout the year. We are building a community of people interested in changes in culture and applied social theory, but mostly people who are looking for reliable information in a good story about peoples and cultures around the world.
Peeps is created by a small team of talented, professional and passionate individuals. Our partners include Ontario Creates, a fund for creative businesses in Ontario, Canada, as well as businesses, and organizations that support and believe in the importance of viewing the world through the lens of people and culture.
Publisher, Executive Editor
Design + Development
Carolyn Bergshoeff – WindWater Marketing