I'm two and a half weeks into three weeks of conferences in Israel and have a presentation on social media to give tomorrow afternoon (6:45-9:15 am EST; 11:45-14:15 GMT; 13:45-16:15 Israel time - catch the livestream here), but I saw this story and something about it resonated with me, so I thought I'd share.
GOOD Magazine is really good. It always has been - well-written and -edited, great graphics, creative and meaningful content. You always got the idea that their hearts were in the right place. And the six former GOOD staffers who were fired and the two additional ones who took severance packages want you to know that their next endeavor - a one-off magazine they're calling TOMORROW - is not a revenge move...it's an effort to create something lowercase-good that is forward-looking, and that enables them to keep on working together.
From their Tumblr:
[...]we’re disappointed that this editorial team won’t get to continue working together. We loved making a daily web magazine and a quarterly print magazine with and for GOOD’s community of readers and writers and designers and illustrators. We think we were pretty good at it. And we know we didn’t get a chance to realize the full potential of our collaboration. We were just getting started!
So we’d like to make at least one more magazine together. Not an issue of GOOD—something different. We’re calling it Tomorrow. It’s going to be about what’s next, what’s on the cusp. We want to get out of our comfort zone and push others to do the same. We want to meet and introduce you to great people.
True to the crowdsourcing spirit of the contemporary age, the Tomorrowniks (that's my name for them, not theirs) are turning to the people for funding by launching a Kickstarter campaign with some unusual and cool prizes for their backers. It's working so far - they've raised over $13,000 of their proclaimed goal of $15,000, which will go to produce and print the issue, and have an L.A. launch party. (See below for video appeal and link to their fundraising page.)
Like I said, there's something about this story that I find inspiring: that even in the light of having lost their jobs, people are optimistic and literally shaping Tomorrow when they could be curled up in a collective fetal position, or that a shared bad experience creates community instead of shattering it. May we have the strength to convert despair into opportunity and channel disappointment into productivity and opportunities to keep working with people who inspire us.
Check out their video, below, and donate if you feel the urge.