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.

The initial site 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 develop into a similarly open platform for writing that can be updated anytime. It is still a volunteer effort free of advertising and publicity. The aim is to provide honest, interesting, and carefully prepared articles free of charge. This site is a simple prototype for the next phase of its existence.