Ode Magazine: The Intelligent Optimist

February 9, 2010 § Leave a comment


[op-tuh-miz-uhm] – noun

A disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.

Where to find it?  Ode Magazine.

As with most interesting sites on the web, I stumbled across this one while researching something else, and it made me stop: The online community for Intelligent Optimists.  I had no idea such a thing existed.  Upon further investigation, I learned that “Ode is a print and online publication about positive news, about the people and ideas that are changing our world for the better.”  Fascinating.

January/February 2010

The magazine was founded in the Netherlands in 1995 by husband and wife team Jurriaan Kamp and Helene de Puy.  In 2004, the couple moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to launch the English-language version of the magazine which, along with the Dutch version, is published ten times per year.  The web site was created to bring readers together and enhance the conversation.  “Odemagazine.com’s mix of print and online journalism with user-generated content and social networking makes it unique on the Web.”

Take a look at the posts regarding the benefits derived from eating blueberries, one of my personal favorite fruits, and playing the Japanese game Go, and learn how clean energy can create jobs or why “[t]he Pentagon sees global warming as a destabilizing force, adding fuel to conflict and putting US troops at risk around the world,” and what can be done about it.

You can always subscribe to the magazine.  The January/February issue is on newsstands now featuring “25 Intelligent Optimists who are creating a better tomorrow today.”

With all of the bad news we’re buffeted by on a daily basis, isn’t it encouraging to know that there is at least one news source out there that’s focused on the good?

Sign up for your daily dose.


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