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When GOOD Magazine asked me to pitch a sci-fi story for their Human Possibility issue last summer, I knew instantly that that I wanted to write about how the evolution of existing technology might change the fabric of our existence. What would “love,” that most basic of emotions, look like 100 years from now, especially if we had the tools to transcend our biology?

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Winter 2013: The Human Possibility Issue

Even the art historians among you probably won’t notice that the cover of our just-released issue, illustrated by Ping Zhu, is a subtle riff on...

Even the art historians among you probably won’t notice that the cover of our just-released issue, illustrated by Ping Zhu, is a subtle riff on a Diego Rivera mural. We discovered the image during the making of our Winter Edition when we were looking for some way to pay homage to Mexico City, which garners the top spot in our GOOD City Index. The Mexican-born Rivera’s 1931 The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City seemed to do just that with its representation of Rivera and his crew assembling a mural of a modern, industrial city. If you look at the middle of the second level of scaffolding from the top, you can actually spot the portly painter himself, palette and brush in hand. The icon communicates a quiet calm in the midst of the frenzied assistants, engineers, and plasterers, bringing the work, within the work, to life.

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Let's Fix It: Fall 2013, GOOD Magazine's (Re)design Issue

During one particular late-night editorial meeting, when all of us here at GOOD HQ probably had a few too many, we came up with an idea to draft six b

During one particular late-night editorial meeting, when all of us here at GOOD HQ probably had a few too many, we came up with an idea to draft six briefs, each detailing a specific global problem (the toilet, automobile, standardized test, single family home, condom, and Big Mac), and send them to a bunch of creative people with one simple instruction: to design a solution to the problem in less than 30 minutes, a time frame that would make them think about the problem, but limit the extent to which its complexity might overwhelm them.

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Subscribe to GOOD Magazine: Only $25 for four issues (21% off of the cover price)

GOOD magazine is the quarterly print publication for people want to live well while doing good. Every quarter, we bring you smart, innovative, and playful voices that share insights on social enterprise, design, and the environment. A subscription to GOOD Magazine includes complimentary membership into the GOOD Society, a club that offers exclusive perks from GOOD and its partners.

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A New GOOD Era

GOOD's new executive editor on why it's an awesome time to be in the media business.


A few months ago I had lunch with an editor who's been in this business for nearly 30 years. Our conversation found its way to a topic that always tends to crop up when journalists of different generations hang out together: What does it mean to be an editor and writer when journalism has become associated with aggregating instead of editing, optimizing instead of writing, clicking instead of reading?

My fellow editor was incredulous when I told her that, even if you gave me the option to magically relocate my career to the journalistic landscape of decades gone by, I would choose to stay in the modern era. It's exciting that business models are in constant flux. It's exciting that we now have lots of different ways of measuring prestige and interest, from reputation to comments to clicks to subscribers. It's exciting that editors are no longer gatekeepers, yet our skills remain indispensable. This is an era of combinations: digital and print, words and images, journalism and activism, original and curated.

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