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We’re a global community of like-minded humans who not only celebrate storytellers and explorers, but connect with and support them. We have a voice in modern exploration. We stand by journalism, science, and history. We are more than members of an audience — together, we are Allies. Join us!


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Be part of a movement that believes journalism, science, history, and hope are worth defending — and help shape the stories and discoveries of the modern era.

Alliance Benefits

Pathfinder Prize Voting

Help us choose the recipient of our first Pathfinder Prize (funding in 2022 for a 2023 voyage!).

Fundraising Credits

Get $20 in credit every year to contribute to the storytellers in our magazine who inspire you most.

Speaker Series

Free admission to virtual events featuring provocative topics, worldly experts, and layered discussion. ($250 value)

Behind-the-Scenes Content

Hear from our storytellers and expeditioners via exclusive interviews, Q+As, and videos from the field.

Combine Our Powers

Embolden the next generation of environmental leaders. We donate 2% of all Alliance dues to the Captain Planet Foundation.

Exclusive Merch

Purchase limited-edition and Allies-only Hidden Compass merch.

Alliance Newsletter

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About the Pathfinder Prize
Exploration societies of old once funded grand expeditions — but the landscape of discovery has changed. Now, courage and curiosity take the place of dividing lines and flags in the ground, and discovery is about understanding instead of conquering. Each year, The Alliance will award The Pathfinder Prize, and fund a grand expedition of the modern age — one decided by you. Once our panel of advisors vets the proposals, we turn voting over to our Allies. The 2023 expedition is currently in Greenland, submitting dispatches to our Allies!

Enjoy VIP Event Access

Free Admission

Free admission to our virtual monthly Speaker Series, featuring world-renowned storytellers, scientists, historians, and explorers. ($250 value)


Discounted access to Hidden Compass premier events, including our annual symposium.

Exclusive Invitations

Invitations to Allies-only events, like Q+As with speakers and discussions with Hidden Compass co-founders.

Champion the Discoveries of the Modern Era

As an Ally, you’ll unlock new ways to engage with storytellers and explorers. Each year, you’ll decide who wins our Pathfinder Prize, and you’ll also score behind-the scenes access to those expeditioners, exclusive content from our journalists, and tickets to some badass nerd events. But most of all, you’ll be part of a movement that believes science, history, and journalism are worth defending — a movement that champions the discoveries of the modern era, one remarkable story at a time.


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Our Allies Support the Captain Planet Foundation

We contribute 2% of all Alliance dues to as a vote of confidence in the next generation.

The Captain Planet Foundation works to engage and empower future environmental leaders.

For 30 years, the Captain Planet Foundation has been working to “engage and empower young people to be problem solvers for the planet.” They have funded thousands of hands-on environmental education projects in which more than 1.6 million children have directly participated.


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