Words on tour

I stumbled across The Alpine Review online, at my desk, on a Friday evening (this is significant, because it was a Friday evening and I was still sat at my desk. Unusual.). I spent a good few hours pouring over every page of their intriguing website, because it introduced itself as a port for impactful ideas, a sage of social trends and a purveyor of entrepreneurial hacks, makers and doers.

So I tweeted about it, naturally. The next day the Canada based editor, Patrick, got in touch and kindly asked whether we’d like to take part as the first port of call for The Alpine Review’s travelling edition. We jumped at the chance.

So with a full cafetiere and an eager mind I was poised for a Day 10, Feeding my creativity from this beautifully constructed publication.

From the first page of the Antifragility Issue, I was rapt. Each article elegantly etched out discourses of a powerful social undercurrent. Voices from forward-thinking game changers, figures fired up poised to battle against globally accepted truths.

Articles intelligently mapped rising entrepreneurial and cultural trends such as urban agriculture, new tribalism, branding by design and the overlap of our digital and physical worlds. It thrusted into question a powerful selection of subjects poised to snap us out of our lazy consumer reveries, whilst others made me sit back and truly reconsider the seismic shifts in our cultural landscape.

Taking over a year to compile and research, the Antifragility issue features a heady collection of impactful words from commentators and figures of active change. Names such as The Do Lecture’s David Hieatt and the innovative American farmer Joel Salatin – a seminal figure in modern agriculture movement pushing the importance of sustainability through culturally driven initiatives – come together to form a subculture of disquiet and movement for positive change.

Here at Stranger Collective we’re big advocates of social entrepreneurship, taking huge amounts of inspiration from the moral business frontrunner Anita Roddick, (take a peek at Clare’s Anita focused Day 10.) From Anita’s wisdom, we’ve learnt that being small doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t have a world-shaking impact. So as I dug deeper  into The Alpine Review an exciting feeling bubbled inside. These trends I was reading about weren’t merely emerging, they were revolutionary voices chiming together, loudly. It made me realise that together seminal minds could very well change our futures for the better,  pecking away at the beast of amoral enterprise and thoughtless consumerism.

In short, The Alpine Review is a catalyst for a thousand Feeds. It  brings together fresh perspectives in the way we go about our days, successfully pulling into question the very core of our modern existence, all the while set against a backdrop of stunning design, photography and artwork.

I’m sold.

Now we’ve stamped it, signed it and sent it off towards its next port of call, Meg at The Challenger’s Almanac. Thanks for stopping by Alpine Review.


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