“Be well, and do good work.”

Not sure what kind of Good Work?

Fine, so you no longer want to sit in an office from nine to five, watching the clock and wondering why time passes so slowly. You want to be free from the stress and chaos of your present job, and wouldn’t mind a weekend off now and again. You want to lose the feeling that you’re working yourself to death for a company that makes no real contribution to society. The big question is: what are you going to do about it? Here are 15 suggestions.

The article is from a newish magazine, Ode. We’re expecting our first issue to arrive at the Castle fairly soon, and I’m really looking forward to it.

Ode is an independent magazine about the people and ideas that are changing the world.

Sometimes it’s difficult to see beyond the war, poverty, exploitation, and pollution that the mainstream media use to fill our view of the world. But there is more to life. There are other stories to report. Stories of countless initiatives being launched around the globe by people devoted to justice, respect, and equality. Stories that bridge the gap between thinking and doing, between rage and hope, and the painful gap between the rich and poor—and thus build peace and sustainability. That is the news that Ode promises to deliver. By reading Ode you connect to a network of positive change and inspiration. Ode points the way to knowing better, doing better, and feeling better.

Ode publishes ‘the stories that are different from the ones we are brainwashed to believe’ (Arundhati Roy). Ode challenges us and invites us to change. We realise that change starts with information. We can only make a choice to change things for the better when we learn how it can be done. Similarly, we can only change our behaviour when we understand the harmful effects of what we do. Ode teaches and inspires us, helps us see how every one of us can contribute to a more just and sustainable world.

Ode is published monthly in English, Dutch, and Portuguese.

I find myself more and more interested in finding the stories of what IS right in the world, of people who are making a difference. Sustainability, activism, and building community are more and more central to my life.

Category: LJ
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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