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Separated by ten thousand miles for 730 days.. Two wandering souls take on the adventure of life. This is our blog from East to West to stay in touch and share our experiences. You may join us on our journey.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Editors Letter: Messenger Collective

I bought a new magazine this morning at breakfast - Messenger Collective. It's Issue One, new release and I think it's amazing. I've included the Editors Letter below to give you a little bit of an overview. It is really inspirational. 

"I had a vision - to create the greatest, most stylish, innovative, authentic, conscious, inspiring entrepreneurial magazine/media movement on the planet. No small feat but one made easier by an extraordinary team bringing together a collective of like-minded, passionate game changers, thought leaders, style makers wand rebels from all over the world to deliver inspiration and leadership and force you to keep asking the question "why?" or "why not?".

So what's it all about? In a world full of imitation and replication we wanted to do something different. Something extraordinary, something that would stand out, be authentic and we could take beyond the pages of a print magazine.

We scoured the planet for original thinking and genuine human connection; people with a willingness to share and speak out , to strip back the spin and hype. Our goal was to uncover those truly being courageous enough to be all that they can be and willing to bare their souls.

People who were living, not just existing. Who are emotionally invested and not just 'working for The Man', who believe their voice means something and that corporate logic or rhetoric isn't always logical. That sometimes there is indeed a better way.

We wanted the stories behind the stories to inspire you but also to provide the how-tos and resources so that your own vision, goals and dreams would become attainable to you in your unique way.

This magazine is for you, the people who challenge the status quo, who shake things up, who ask why. Who harness unique strengths and talents in themselves and others for positive change and have the capacity to gain a stronger foothold in the beige boardrooms of carbon copy corporations. You are the rebels with some serious attitude and cause. This magazine is NOT for those amongst us who deposit their souls at the door when they go to work each day.

Occasionally within the pages of 'Messenger Collective' we gush a little
- unashamedly. It's because we genuinely love and believe in all the people within these pages. Sadly, there is a trend in publishing to cut and paste and syndicate content from around the world. I made a conscious decision to personally connect with every person within these pages and all of them we respect for their contribution towards making our world a better brighter, more authentic place.

Through the sections, you'll find stories on global trends, co-working spaces, philanthropists, start-ups, multi-million dollar businesses, monks, designers, artists, believers, online giants, crowd funding, outsourcing, succession planning, lion tamers, bloggers, brothers, renegade models and much much more.
One thing remains consistent: they all have soul in spades.

The past 11 months have been delicious and serendipitous and at times really, really hard but never have I believed in something so much and not once did I quit. A few wonderful moments were interviewing Dandapani - one of the warmest people I have ever met with a naughty sense of humour that had me then, and many times since, rolling in stitches. He's the Hindi priest and former monk who lives in NYC. Bradley Trevor Greive supported me with my first book 'Happiness Is...' 9 years ago and I adore him and everything he stands for. A more raw and real story you will not find and it encapsulates the essence of the whole magazine. I challenge you to get through it without shedding a tear.

The there is Lorna. Lorna and I have worked together for the past few years and I love her to absolute pieces. In my mind she is the perfect choice for the cover. She oozes positivity, inspiration and is a genuine, grounded and determines person. It was an absolute joy shooting her for the cover. We shot her on a way she has never been seen and I like to think 'Messenger Collective' gave her the vehicle to express herself. We had some serious fun. She is one woman who is about to step things up to a whole new level and I'm proud to be on the journey alongside her.

Messenger Collective started as a dream in March 2012 and quickly became a large multi-platform build that took on a life of its own. As I'm about to hit the print button I am reflecting on the magnitude of what we have created. I feel extraordinarily proud to be part of a soulful and heartfelt journey with an absolute kick-arse team. More passion you would be pressed to find.

My side-kick Claire and I went to meeting after meeting with some of the greatest and biggest distributors. Every time we'd walk in, ooze the passion we have for Messenger Collective (often with no visuals at all) we'd walk out with a deal. People just believed in it from the get-go and we are so incredibly humbled and grateful for this

I'm proud to say from Issue One we're in 3,506 newsagencies in Australia, 55 commuter and airport stores, 16 domestic and international Qantas lounges (Chairman club and Business), 685 Coles supermarkets, either Virgin lounges and various other retail outlets, hotels and corporate channels. we're also rolling out into 10 other countries. You'll find our full list of distributors on page 12.

It's true to say my baby got rather large, rather quickly. Messenger Collective is testament to living your dream and that anything's possible when you have a clear vision and focus. It's important to note that, whilst this print magazine is the cornerstone of Messenger Collective, it's a much more complex integrated media proposition. Throughout the pages of the magazine you'll find tips on how we can be read or how you can interact with us.

We're traversing print, online with a large dose of human interactions - you can attend events of become part of our reader panels (see Page 113) and watch Messenger Collective's pages come to life..

Thank you  from the bottom of my heart for connecting with Messenger Collective. You're a part of our team now and we look forward to walking the journey with you. I want and will welcome your feedback and input. I have no ego attachment to this. I just want it to be the very best it can be."

- Lisa Messenger 

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