What’s the best catch phrase for the cover of our new magazine? Clearly, “for intelligent optimists” is now out. Here’s your change to contribute your ideas and suggestions in the comments section below! The winner will be invited to a special program in our San Francisco office including participating in–and contributing to!–our editorial staff meeting as desired.
The idea for Ode was born on a hill in southern France in the summer of 1994. This summer, Ode is turning 18. Legally she is becoming an adult. She will be old enough to vote and…. she is changing her name!
After 148 issues in Dutch—the first issue was published in the Netherlands in February 1995—and 82 issues in English, this will be the last magazine with the Ode logo on the cover. From the next issue—September/October—onward, Ode will be The Optimist.
We, and most of you, love the word “Ode.” Yet we have always had to explain it. Odedoesn’t say who we are and what we are doing. The Optimist does, and that’s why it is a better fit for our mission. Ode was always about open-minded optimists and pioneers of the possible looking for solutions. Ode was a song of praise, a tribute to the people and ideas making our world a better place.
For many years Ode’s reporting was unusual in a world dominated by media only interested in whatever goes wrong. As a young girl Ode’s voice was soft, almost a gentle whisper. But the tide is changing. We see more and more seeds of promise and possibility sprouting. Optimism is rising in the farthest corners of the planet, albeit still only visible and audible to the ones with open eyes and ears. More and more of us are no longer waiting for institutions and procedures to fail. Instead we are acting, making and building. And so, as young lady Ode is becoming The Optimist, her voice is becoming stronger and more determined. She is bringing together a rapidly growing community that includes you and all the ones we have been waiting for.
Yes, we know that plain, unfiltered optimism can be a naïve and even dangerous strategy—remember our tagline: for intelligent optimists. However we also know that optimism is ultimately the only strategy for positive change. Optimism is a practice that requires effort and attention. It is a meaningful quest as science keeps confirming that optimism generates more health, happiness and creativity and therefore contributes to a better world.
The Optimist will be (y)our companion on this journey. It will be an inspiring and rich adventure as The Optimist will share stories in many different ways; in a new and even more beautiful—yes, wait and see—magazine as well as through (online) events and courses. Stories will come alive in a collaborative and interactive experience. New realities will be created. We are looking forward to traveling with you.
Just once more,
The Ode team