Polis is a site for public dialog through brief peer-reviewed articles. It integrates rural, urban, local, and global points of view, showing the many links between them. Its purpose is to support mutual understanding, ethical problem-solving, cultural vitality, and sharing resources across divides.

Quality, utility, and originality are touchstones for Polis articles, which take shape through collaborative editing into shared resources of lasting value. The peer-review process is open and pragmatic, with experts providing input as needed. Anyone is welcome to send an article for review.

Polis launched in 2009 as a collective blog with 14 authors. Others joined the team and reader submissions grew over time. After five years in operation, Polis went on hiatus to become a similarly open platform for less frequent but more in-depth content. It is still a volunteer effort and free of advertising. Instead of measuring value based on clicks, Polis works to prepare carefully documented articles worth reading. This site is a prototype for the next phase of its existence.