Monday, March 10, 2008

Ode - If I'd Designed a Magazine This Would Be It

When I honed in on the concept for my blog I felt like I was casting my positive, little idea in to a sea of negativity. It wasn't long before I discovered other people who were diligently working to turn back the tide of "nay sayers".

Imagine my excitement when I discovered Ode, the magazine for intelligent optimists. Wow, all I can say is it makes me want freelance again. To write for such a publication would be an honor.

Let me quote from their masthead -

We are an independent international journal, without strings to the world of commerce and power. We believe in progress, ongoing opportunities and the creativity of mankind. We contribute to progress by publishing stories about the people and ideas that are making a difference.

Okay, let me stop here. Jurriaan Kamp, who founded Ode in 1995 must have been channeling the same energy I did when I wrote the opening statement for LifePrints. I am so happy to find such a quality magazine with a common purpose.

Now more from the masthead -

We publish stories that bridge the gap between thinking and doing, between rage and hope, and the painful gap between the rich and the poor. By doing so we hope to build peace and sustainability. We offer our readers a chance to link up with an international network of inspiration and cooperation, strengthening the forces devoted to respect, justice and equality.

Ode is published 10 times a year in English and Dutch. There is an abbreviated online version and Ode's website is packed with useful information, guest bloggers, and interactive groups. A magazine subscription is affordable. In the age of the Internet I still enjoy getting quality magazines in the mail and clipping out the articles that moved and inspired me. Ode is my favorite for unbiased reporting with a purpose I can believe in.


Ellen said...

Hi Lisa,

we do think alike, don't we!!
I love this magazine, has been my favorite for years.
In fact, the title of my blog (a tribute to people, to possibilities, to positive action) was inspired by that magazine..

An interesting thing for you might be to write for their blog though!!

Warm wishes to you,


Lisa McGlaun said...


I would love to write for their blog or the print mag. I used to do a lot of freelancing but it's been a few years since I've tried to query anyone.

And yes, I think we are twin souls when it comes to social conscience, don't you?


paul maurice martin said...

What about Fox News? (Kidding...)

Lisa McGlaun said...


I gave up on watching FOX. If I'm looking for news I go to MSNBC, CNN, Meet The Press, Charlie Rose, Face the Nation, and CSPAN. I relay even more on Internet News Sources. For world news I listen to the BBC on National Public Radio.

Thanks for the comment. After looking at your site I'd love to have you involved in conversations here.


Kali said...

I have never heard of this magazine and can't wait to get my hands on it. Thanks for mentioning!

La delirante said...

Hi Lisa, that magazine is very interesting! I visited the link you provided us with and read a couple of their articles :) Thanks for sharing.