Thoughts from the editor: The HOME issue

Greetings Thoughtful readers!

I couldn’t be more proud to introduce the inaugural quarterly issue of Thoughtful.

For over a year, we’ve been publishing stories to inspire more thoughtful innovation, lifestyle and design. Together with a cracking team of contributors from all over the world, we’ve covered an eclectic mix of subjects—from Japanese tactics for fixing broken things to high-end Icelandic fashion made with fish skins and video games that preserve indigenous cultures. It’s our mission to share the stories of creators who make things that make a difference, and inspire others to do the same.

Now, instead of just publishing thoughtful content, we’re moving to a more thoughtful style of publishing. Each quarter, Thoughtful will focus on a single, thought-provoking issue. We’ll bring together a team of talented writers, photographers, designers, illustrators and other creators who want their work to make a positive impact. To inspire as many creators as possible, Thoughtful will serve as a platform for their stories and ideas.

This first issue is all about HOME. It’s a fitting place to start—a place, ideally, of wholeness and harmony. It’s something I’ve thought a lot about these past few months. As a dual American and British citizen, the daughter of Venezuelan immigrants, I’ve watched my home countries take a turn for the unwelcoming, unsettled, and even unhinged. As Brits voted to leave the European Union, Americans flirted with Donald Trump as president, and Venezuela descended into absolute chaos, it struck me.

It’s not enough to hope that somebody else—somebody more powerful—will do something about it. It’s up to each of us to take responsibility for keeping our home—our house, street, neighbourhood, city, country, and ultimately, planet—whole and harmonious.

At my most shocked and confused, I take heart in the community of thoughtful people surrounding me—thousands of compassionate, curious, forward-thinking creators of all stripes who want to make things better by making better things. So I decided to make Thoughtful a space where we can all learn from and collaborate with each other to do world-changing work.

An exceptionally talented group came together to create this issue of Thoughtful. I can’t thank them enough for their creativity and generosity. You can meet them all here. Each has expressed the idea of HOME in their own way—writing, photography, illustration, music, food. And that’s just the beginning. Throughout the autumn we’ll be delivering events and campaigns on the theme of HOME, open to everyone.

I hope you’ll join in. Thoughtful is nothing without those who love what we do, help spread the word, and build a community of people who together can change the world… a community where I feel at home.

Daianna Karaian, October 2016


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