Ode Magazine: One of Our Favorite Things

I can’t remember where I picked up my first copy of Ode Magazine. I actually think I was drawn in by the subtitle: “For Intelligent Optimists.” I guess I like to think that this describes me.

We have subscribed to the print publication for a couple of years, and my husband and I have both been impressed with each issue. It’s actually the only magazine that we both read, and it never fails to spark some great and meaningful discussions between the two of us – and with our kids, too.

Ode magazine is unique in that it aims to spotlight the ideas and the people who are changing the world. The magazine brings news about positive social and economic change, covering everything from politics and finances to environmental/energy issues as well as social and consumer issues.

The tone of the magazine is refreshing and simple, even inspiring -  and the writing is exceptional.  Author Paulo Coelho (perhaps best known for his book The Alchemist) is a monthly columnist and never disappoints. And Juriaan Kamp’s Letter from the Editor is always insightful. Here’s a quote from the January/February 2009 issue in which Kamp is explaining why they chose the name Ode for the magazine: “Ode isn’t just a magazine,” Kamp writes. “We stand for the celebration of life. We cherish beauty, joy, friendship and love. We look for possibilities and opportunities. We want to make things cleaner, greener, healthier, more just and sustainable—and more fun.”

I enjoy Ode for the way it expands my perception to be more global in scope – as well as for the way it helps me to focus on the good. It does quite a bit to help me realize, after tuning in to more mainstream media outlets, that maybe the world is going to be okay, after all. That there are lots of good people doing lots of good things all over the world, all the time. And it inspires me to learn about and be a part of that movement myself. I guess you could say that it brings out the intelligent optimist in me.

Ode also has an online component with an active community of readers that communicate and socialize about the issues. Take a few minutes to check out the website: OdeMagazine.com

At the site, you can subscribe for free to Ode’s Weekly Digest – a weekly update on featured articles from the magazines as well as ideas from the online community.

They have also just launched a Daily e-newsletter, which brings you a brief summary of the positive stories that are being reported around the world.

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