Behind extraordinary ideas, there are extraordinary people.
Whoa. This letter has been hard to write. It’s written in blood, sweat and tears. I really want to write it and I really don’t want to.
Every good thing has seasons. The season for Dumbo Feather has come to an end and I want to honour it with you all. I want to honour all the beauty and joy, all the love and thoughtfulness, the passion and care of its pages. I want to honour the most incredible team who have put it together every quarter, for twelve years — with SO MUCH LOVE. I know we have to find solutions for all the big, gnarly shit going on, and in our own way, Dumbo Feather has been solving for one of them — to tell meaningful stories to heal our world, to help us find ourselves in community and purpose rather than conflict and confusion.
It’s also helped heal all of us as we go about our work, by making something beautiful. The smell, the touch, the weight of it. Like a precious talisman, it didn’t even matter if you read it all, the very ‘isness’ of it made us feel grounded and hopeful. For every person whose story graced our pages, my heart is full of gratitude at the privilege of you saying yes and sharing what you know with us all.
At Small Giants, Dumbo Feather has been the beating heart of what we do. It’s kept us connected to the world of ideas that were changing the world, allowed us to make the most beloved friends, shown us what was possible and kept us honest. It’s been a guiding star, to help orient us toward that which is whole, not endlessly towards that which is broken.
Letting go is hard. I know that my ‘why’ is constantly calibrating to the outside world — to the conditions I see around us. While I work on calibrating more to an inner voice, that looks backwards from a hopeful future for humanity, I am sure that this moment calls for us to be together, to work together, to find ways to collaborate instead of compete, to belong to one another instead of win over.
The upcoming Issue #72 — ‘Leadership for a Hopeful Future’ out in March will be our last official magazine under the Dumbo Feather masthead. Now is the moment that it evolves from a printed artefact to a living community of engaged citizens who will continue to create the hopeful future that we all aspire to through the work of Small Giants Academy.
I’m still thinking about what the Dumbo Feather podcast should become. I know that I want to continue having epic conversations with people working on interventions in the system. Stay tuned by signing up for the Small Giants Academy newsletter, looking for the refresh of our podcast tile and following me on Instagram @BerryFeather.
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