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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!

Become An Ally

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

Coffee With the Co-founders

Friday, September 27th

Sivani Babu and Sabine K. Bergmann, Hidden Compass co-founders. Learn More
VIP Event Access

Allies get free admission to our Speaker Series, featuring world-renowned storytellers, scientists, historians, and explorers. ($250 value)

Allies also receive free access to Hidden Compass premier events, including virtual Ally-only Coffees with the Co-founders, and other in-person events like our annual Ethos of Exploration.

Pathfinder Prize Voting

Help us choose the recipient of our annual Pathfinder Prize. Hidden Compass offers an annual grant of $15,000 to fund a global expedition of the modern age — an age where discovery is about understanding instead of conquering.

Last year’s winners, Nigerian-born storytellers, Lola Akinmade Åkerström and Noo Saro-Wiwa, and Swedish filmmaker Erik Jaräker, set out on a cultural expedition in Greenland to answer the question: Who gets to tell the story of a place? Watch the trailer for “In Tété’s Footsteps.

Patronage Credits

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

By sharing and contributing, you allow us to publish articles that aren’t dependent on selling you products or tracking your habits. You’re supporting our team and the incredible people behind our stories — journalists who research the unknown, helicopter in, snowshoe out, dive deep, and help us discover.

The Nerd Herd


Become a Nerd
  • $5 Patronage Credits per year
  • 5 Pathfinder Votes
  • Intrepid Interlude Votes
  • 3 Speaker Series tickets per year
The Alliance


Become an Ally
  • $20 Patronage Credits per year
  • 15 Pathfinder Votes
  • Intrepid Interlude Votes
  • ickets for all Speaker Series events and admission to VIP events
  • Quarterly Coffee with the Co-founders
  • In-person access to annual Ethos of Exploration Event

Ally Testimonials

“Hidden Compass continues to deliver intriguing, thought provoking content with every issue. Their commitment to primary research coupled with creative storytelling is not easily found today.”


“In an industry full of hot takes, quick hits, and roundups, it’s refreshing to have an organization like Hidden Compass support adventurous journalism and exploration.”


“I don’t just go to Hidden Compass to hop around and glance at a few things. I plan my time to go and sit down and read and digest and think about what that writing says and how it makes me feel. It’s a very intentional, deliberate, time-intensive act and that’s really pleasurable.”


Our Allies Support the Captain Planet Foundation

We contribute 2% of all Alliance dues 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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