About Sputnik Observatory

Sputnik Observatory is a New York not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to the study of contemporary culture. We fulfill this mission by documenting, archiving, and disseminating ideas that are shaping modern thought by interviewing leading thinkers in the arts, sciences and technology from around the world. Our philosophy is that ideas are NOT selfish, ideas are NOT viruses. Ideas survive because they fit in with the rest of life. Our position is that ideas are energy, and should interconnect and re-connect continuously because by linking ideas together we learn, and new ideas emerge.

Our goal is to encourage life-long learning, and we have created this website as a portal of possibilities. A democratic space where people can listen and engage with ideas that inform contemporary history. Ideas that we believe will empower everyone to be a part of today’s cultural conversation.

Sputnik Observatory was established in 2003 by the principals of Sputnik Inc. who dedicated their own resources to self-fund the launch of this website. We hope your experience ignites discussion and you join us in the effort to collectively imagine and re-imagine our world. Please visit often, discover new avenues of exploration, and share what you want, when you want.

The word “Sputnik” means fellow traveler. We look forward to venturing on this voyage together.

Ideas are energy.
Your brain is a satellite.
Out there is your mind.


Our belief that ideas are energy, and that leading contemporary ideas should be shared, explored, re-interpreted and re-imagined, is the premise for all of Sputnik Observatory’s central activities.

The Sputnik Observatory aims to:


Sputnik Observatory
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Correspondents (Past & Present)