GOOD is an extraordinary global community of people and organizations who give a damn, and if you haven’t yet heard of them, you should really give a damn yourself right now. GOOD began as a magazine in 2006 to shine a light on a budding cultural movement — a growing dedication to positively and proactively engaging with the world — and has since evolved into a brilliant network of do-GOOD’ers around the world. The creators of GOOD explain: “We saw it everywhere: entrepreneurs striving to build socially-impactful business models; nonprofits evolving to be more engaging and innovative; and an entire generation instilling meaning in what they do and how they do it. Every day, more people were deciding to do well by doing good.”
After two years of running the magazine, the team at GOOD expanded their organization in 2008 to include their extraordinary website GOOD.is, followed by an impressive website redesign in 2012. GOOD is now a global community of, by, and for pragmatic idealists working towards individual and collective progress. “As a community linked together by a virtual GOOD-energy grid, real value can be created, shared, and built upon,” the creators explain. “Together, we have the potential to be an historic force that improves both our personal lives and our world.” Earlier this morning the editors of GOOD launched their brand new issue, and as usual it’s brilliant. The following is a description of their brand new Exploration Issue:
“Last year a Google map proved once and for all that no matter how deep American children dug holes in their backyards, they would never reach China. The antipode (diametric opposite) for most of the United States, the map showed, would have them emerging salivating for egg rolls beneath the Indian Ocean. I doubt this is crushing many kids’ dreams these days, since the world as we know it has become such a smaller place in the last generation. But what does the smallness of the planet — and its increased interconnectedness — mean for the spirit of exploration?
Well, as you might’ve guessed, we believe that the spirit of exploration is alive and well — even if it’s less connected with earthly terrain. And even though you read a bound magazine but surf the endless web, we set out to prove that the spirit of exploration can flourish within the confines of the print medium. We have created what we would like you to treat as a field guide for exploration, demonstrating that we explore through our relationship with time as Claire Hoffman finds in her interview with Eckhart Tolle; we explore by hacking into places that have been declared off-limits as Moses Gates shows us in his descent into Paris’ catacombs; we explore by defying political convention as Sarah Stankorb shows us in her story of a burgeoning subculture of gun-toting liberals; we explore by increasingly living our lives as global citizens as Rosie Spinks shows us in her investigation of a group of tech nomads; we explore through compassion as Colin Finlay shows us in his improbable photos of a planet viciously scarred by climate change; and finally, we explore by gazing toward the unknown as Maxwell Williams demonstrates by charting the cross-pollination of conversations emerging among artists, entrepreneurs, futurists, and social innovators about outer space as the next human frontier.
We’ve also given you a series of exercises in this issue to facilitate your own exploration. But if you’re reading this email in Argentina, get back to your digging and don’t worry about purchasing a copy of the Exploration Issue. Your antipode, as it turns out, is right smack dab in the middle of China.”
You can order your must-have copy of GOOD’s Exploration Issue by visiting the GOOD Shop, and subscribe to the magazine by CLICKING HERE. And for all things GOOD be sure to visit GOOD.is and GOODcorps.com, as well as follow their amazingness on Facebook and Twitter.