Polyamorous Dating App celebrates one year of open relationship, sexuality & kink education!
Recently, our team at #open, the dating app for people who are interested in or already engaged in open relationships, polyamory, and ethical non-monogamy, celebrated the one-year anniversary of our popular #openEd virtual education series.
Conceptualized at the beginning of the pandemic, our team knew that finding new, virtual ways to come together as a community would be vital to foster a sense of connection when many were feeling isolated (both literally and figuratively). #openEd became a platform for open-minded and accessible education to those seeking it out.
“A year ago, we knew that our members — both current and future — would need to feel a new sense of connection as lockdowns were initiated across North America and around the world”, says Amanda Wilson, co-founder of the app. “In keeping with our company’s values, we decided to reach out to our community of educators and influencers to ask their help in our endeavor, and we were thrilled by their willingness to help us do just that!”
In one year we’ve proudly hosted 48 episodes, each offering opportunities to learn from educators, thought leaders, and influencers across the sexuality and relationship spectrum. The #openEd series has reached over 2,000 live viewers and over 15,000 replays and we’ve addressed topics ranging from sexuality information and techniques to relationship skills to BDSM techniques and more. As a company that prioritizes education in our mission, we offer these workshops free of charge via live streams, as well as posting recorded episodes on social media channels.
Some of the most popular #openEd workshops we’ve hosted include “Ethical Porn Consumption for Education & Empowerment” with adult industry educators and performers Jet Setting Jasmine & King Noire, “Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma, and Non Monogamy” with author Jessica Fern, and “Pegging & Strap On Play” with sex-positive educator Luna Matatas. We’ve archived all of our educational videos on our YouTube channel to make them available to all.
Sarah Sloane, curator of our #openEd program, adds “as a sex-positive educator, I know the value of giving people opportunities to hear about new ideas, new skills, and gain inspiration, especially during times of stress and lockdown. In the past year, we’ve heard from so many people, both inside and outside of the #open community, just how important our workshops and events have been to help them stay connected and inspired.”
As a team, we at #open plan to continue the series, with upcoming episodes that include topics such as building racial diversity within ENM communities, sexuality & mental health, and more. We also offer exclusive members-only nights where #open members get to mix and mingle with others in our dating community.
Thank you to all of the members who have and continue to support, attend and engage with our #openEd sessions- we wouldn’t be able to do any of it without the amazing app members and educators that we’ve come to love! Cheers to the next year!