Happy New Year!
Thank you all for your continued support and belief in our mission. You may have noticed that Sonderers Magazine has changed ever so slightly over the past few months. I wanted to address these changes and to hear your opinions.
Our Mission: One major change we made was too our mission. Our current mission states:
Voyage. Discover. Connect. Sonder: the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. Sonderers Magazine celebrates these moments of juncture, and delves deeper into the human experience through a combination of travel writing, photography, videography, and social commentary. No matter where you are, no matter where you go, you are a part of the human experience. You are a sonderer.
You will notice we changed one particular line from:
Sonderers Magazine celebrates these moments of juncture, and delves deeper into the places we love to explore...
Sonderers Magazine celebrates these moments of juncture, and delves deeper into the human experience…
We chose to make this change in an effort to more thoroughly explore humanity. While this has always been our focus, we feel that by changing these few words, we are able to better achieve what we originally wanted to do: connect humanity.
Our Name: Another major change you will see is our name: Sonderers Magazine. While we were originally Sonderers Travel Magazine, we decided to discard “travel” in order to be more welcoming and open to the pieces we receive. While we still accept travel-related pieces, we also want our readership to grow in diversity and understanding. We remain and always will remain a publication that accepts all types of pieces (except listicles and fiction) regardless of age, gender, sexual preferences, ethnicity, religion, and any other reason society has come up with to discriminate others. Sonderers Magazine will continue in this manner to represent all of humanity, its minorities and its majorities.
Our Podcast: Outside of written, photographed, and filmed works, in the coming weeks Sonderers Magazine will be producing a podcast series called SonderOn. This series will dive into individuals’ lives and create a timeline of human history as told by our interviewees. As we interview more and more people, our timeline will grow and the extraordinary lives of ordinary people will be documented. Our first season will focus on Diversity, our winter theme. It will consist of four episodes published every three weeks. We will have conversations with those we interview to discuss everything from current events and how to create change to personal preferences and recent travels.
Our Themes: In our first year, you helped us select a theme for each month, March through October. We then decided to change our publishing schedule from a monthly format to a quarterly format, thereby lessening the number of themes. Again you helped us select our four themes for 2017 which include Diversity, Nature, Adventure, and Impacting Change. I cannot tell you how much we appreciate your participation in selecting these themes. As we continue with Diversity, I hope you find thought-provoking and surprising stories from our contributors and our staff.
Our Future: Looking at global politics today, you may have some concerns about the future. That’s okay, we do to. Sonderers Magazine will be here. We will be responding to major events and providing a light of hope into the darkness that can too often take over. Likewise, we have a handful of surprises to look forward to this coming year. It is my I hope that you will continue to stay in touch as we work to build connections and dive into the many facets of what it truly means to be human in this complex and sometimes confusing world.
Founder & Project Manager
Jeromy Slaby is the founder and project manager of Sonderers Magazine. He is also a freelance writer and photographer who specializes in travel and politics. He is currently working on receiving a BA in adventure education from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. See more of his work here.