About us

Our essence: innovation, experience and ethics


(after Plato, 4th century BC)

Plato was an ancient Greek philosopher, best known for recording the dialogues of Socrates. Plato’s Republic was among some of the earliest documented discussions of moral and philosophical issues. These dialogues laid the foundations for contemporary constructive discourse as practised in liberal democracies. 

Platos is a product of

Pax Republic - The Human Insight Company

We build technology to make it easy for people to discuss, debate and resolve the issues that might otherwise divide them. 

We're dreamers

We dream of a world where people can come together to work out their differences and shape a united way forward.

Where different views and experiences enrich us, rather than polarize us, and are recognized as waypoints along a shared journey to better, more inclusive, decisions.

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But first we were doers

Our dream of getting the people important to sound decision-making together in safe, constructive dialogue is one we’ve lived for more than 20 years.

It started in the highlands of remote Papua New Guinea. We designed and ran the renegotiation of a compensation agreement between 90,000 villagers and the Ok Tedi Mining company whose copper mining activities had almost destroyed the river on which their livelihoods depended.

We went on to apply the same powerful mix of mediation principles and interest-based negotiation practice – what we called the Informed Consensus process – to community-corporate disputes throughout Australasia.

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We're doers again

We were always aware that the high cost of these traditional analogue processes, the long time it took to get to an outcome, and the practical limits on who could participate meant they were often left until so much damage had been done that the task of repairing relationships and reputations was nigh impossible.

So, we built technology to do this.

We’ve made it possible for leaders in any and all communities; public, private – you name it – to gather their people, to discuss, listen and understand each other, so that together they can make better decisions.

Platos is our very big virtual deliberation forum. Our analytics platform – PaxEQ – is the sense maker of all the rich, diverse and complex humanity that Platos brings to the fore.

We’ve built technology that enables human decency and joint problem solving.

Now we’re going to help you put it to good use.


”There was never a technical issue that couldn't be solved. It was the people problems that pulled us up.”

Barack Obama

Our Founders


Barbara Sharp

Co-Founder | CEO

Barbara brings to Pax a rich background in media, politics & crisis communication. She is first & foremost a strategic communicator, experienced in advising boards and C-Suite executives on preparing for, managing and recovering from reputation crises.

Tim Offor

Tim Offor

Co-Founder | CTO

Tim’s professional experience spans the social and ecological sciences, being an expert mediator and facilitator of large-scale processes as well as a trained ecologist. He’s a technophile, experimenter and builder who leads Pax’s product and R&D teams.

Our ethics & privacy

Our strong ethical foundation is core to how we do our business and design our technology.

We understand and deeply respect the public's concerns about the creeping erosion of their privacy through technology, and have built privacy protections into everything we do. 

In Platos, what is given privately stays private. What is said anonymously stays anonymous. We don’t sell your data – ever.


Join the Pax Republic Team

The Pax team brings together an exceptional group of AI engineers, data scientists, development engineers, sales executives and communicators. The shingle may say Melbourne, Australia, but we are global citizens who work from all over the world.

If you’re a talented engineer, data scientist, digital marketer or UI/UX designer wanting to work with an innovative company with a strong social purpose, register your interest below.