For the ancient Greeks, the center of social activity was the Agora, a lively marketplace where people came not only to buy and sell goods, but also to meet to exchange news and ideas. That same philosophy is what drives Agora Inc.
What is Agora Inc?
We’re a holding company for various publishers of financial, health, travel and special interest books and newsletters — each offering ideas, information and insights you can’t find anywhere else.
Some of what we publish is very practical — such as how to get the best price for an airline ticket or how to best manage arthritis pain. Other topics are rather abstract — such as man’s relationship to the state, or how monetary policy affects our lives. But all of these messages have something in common. They all celebrate the virtue of thinking independently and taking responsibility for your own life.
Of course, a lot of mainstream media sources now say they’re trying to do the same thing. As one famous news source put it, “We Report. You Decide.” But we’ve been advocating independent ideas and lifestyles for nearly 30 years now.
In the beginning
Agora Inc. launched its first publication, International Living, from Washington, D.C., in 1979. It was — and still is — a simple newsletter about travel and retirement. But today 100,000 subscribers around the world are now familiar with this flagship publication.
And our ideas only grew from there. Today, Agora’s companies publish more than 300 books and 40 newsletters, reaching 1 million readers from around the world. We’re now based in the historic Mount Vernon district of Baltimore, running our business out of a collection of 19th century mansions. Agora Inc. and its affiliated companies include offices in 17 countries worldwide, and more than 1,300 employees.
We’ve embraced the Internet, creating an online presence to rival some of the biggest media empires on the planet — and taking our message to more people than ever before. We also make use of old-fashioned conferences, seminars and group meetings to facilitate, enliven and enrich the process of sharing ideas and information.
By offering a wide range of ideas on an innumerable list of topics, we’re proud to say the ancient Greeks’ idea of the Agora lives on — at Agora Inc.
AGORA is one of the largest employers in Mount Vernon with over 400 people in our nine building “campus” in downtown Baltimore.
Our employees have come to us from many backgrounds. We have doctoral candidates, former opera singers, teachers and tour operators and military veterans. Some found us through an ad in the paper, others from this Web site. But many more of them heard about Agora from friends or family who worked here.
We are always looking for ambitious, enthusiastic, and creative individuals who are looking for a place where they can be themselves and use their knowledge and energy in an environment that encourages the growth of new ideas from employees at all levels…