Matters Journal needs you.

Matters Journal will be a biannual print and weekly online publication exploring Arts, Design, Environment, Food, Health and Technology.

We want to create ongoing and interactive opportunities for the Matters Journal community to shape and co-design the content and approach to how, what and why we publish over time.

Please take a few minutes to answer some questions on what Matters to you.

We have 100 free copies of our first print edition to give away later this year, just fill in your postal details to receive one, or sign up at the end of this short survey to subscribe to the free online weekly content.

Launching in late 2017, Matters Journal is an initiative of Local Peoples.
We have identified ‘Business’ and ‘Sustainability’ as two important lenses we will use to explore Matters Journal content across Arts, Design, Environment, Food, Health and Technology.  Help us choose if our third lens should be ‘impact’ or

These are our definitions:

Exploring the way we practice business from for-profit to not-for-profit to profit-for-purpose. What is social enterprise? Why is it on the rise? How do businesses take old practice and innovate or stick with what works and for who?

Sustainability is more than just the rate of our consumption and the avoidance of depleting natural resources. It is a framework for considering the longevity of things; our business practices, how we think and plan for the future, and how we measure impact over time.

How do we generate impact for social good? What does success look like and how do we measure and communicate it? We explore what it is to create impact; to effect positive and authentic change and influence in our world.

We explore the process of innovating; what it means to change, alter, transform, reorganise and restructure in order to create new methods and models for how we go about business to produce new ideas, projects and products.
Based on our definitions above, would you prefer Matters Journal to focus on ‘Impact’ or ‘Innovation’ as our third lens? *

Each article in Matters Journal will capture interdisciplinary thinking by covering at least two of the following topics Arts, Design, Environment, Food, Health and Technology.

Which sentence best reflects this: A or B? *

Are you aware of any other print or digital publications that focus specifically on the connections between Arts, Design, Environment, Food, Health and Technology? *

If yes, please share:

How interested are you in each of the 6 Matters Journal content areas?

Arts *

Creative capital is one of the essential ingredients for healthy, happy and resilient communities. How we access the arts and how they impact our lives and inspire us, consciously and subconsciously, is part of this exploration.

From the power of personal narrative, to works that re-imagine how we look at culture and history and works that immerse us in experiences beyond our wildest imaginations. We will tell the stories of imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments and experiences that can be shared with others.

The Arts extends to cover performance arts, visual arts, graphic arts, literature, music and film.

Design *

Exploring how design can positively impact people and the planet, we look at purpose driven design that is focused on creating collaborative community focused spaces, products and solutions and communicating a strong sense of identity, impact, purpose and language.

We look at design that is multidisciplinary in nature and aims to be accessible.

Design disciplines we will explore include brand, user experience, service, product, architectural, environmental, engineering and fashion.

Environment *

We are speaking to the leaders that are re-imagining the way of our built and natural environments. We explore how choices around consumption and commerce can work to reinforce the value of environmental sustainability.

These conversations can often be influenced by long standing practices that are overlooked by current norms or completely new way of thinking about everyday life.

Our environment content includes people and products discussed in relation to built environment projects and natural environment impacts.

Food *

Food is one of the most fundamental elements of life. This is an opportunity to explore what drives our local and global food trends and consider how we grow, prepare, store and consume food.

We will compare urban and regional settings from family tables to high-end restaurants. What is driving our obsession with food? How much do we really understand about agriculture and how our food production, waste, supply chains and government policies impact our environment?

As we delve into the many facets of food, there is an opportunity to also look at nutrition through a sociology lens; put simply, how does food impact on the physical, social and emotional aspects of our lives with family, friends and culture?

Health *

A holistic look at health encompasses the physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing of people and populations.

Our look at health explores the broader health and wellbeing of people and communities where they live, learn, work and play.

This focus include delving into the social determinants of health and how these relate to the complexities in people’s lives; our social and community connections, neighborhoods and built environments, education, health, and economic stability

Technology *

We highlight the latest developments in technology and canvass the wider societal implications and questions that each new advancement brings.

This is not a conversation about technology within a vacuum but rather the wider conversation on application, ethics, systems and its relationship to already established norms.

Our definition of Environment covers both natural and built environments.

Would you like to see Matters Journal separate Built Environments, including architecture, urbanism and cities, into its own content area separate from natural environments and environmental issues? *

Our definition of health is broad and covers the wellbeing of people and communities where they live, learn, work and play.

Would you like to see Matters Journal include a separate content area focused on Sport in relation to health and the social benefits? *

Here are a few ideas for how readers could impact and work with our editorial team to guide and co-create the kind of publication we collectively want and need Matters Journal to be. Please let us know what you think or share any other ideas you have.

Include an online ‘what matters to you’ content suggestions area where readers can anonymously share and vote for the issues that matter most as they emerge. *

Include an option for readers to rate content
(i.e. thumbs up / thumbs down) *

Include an option for readers to comment on content and create conversation threads with other members of the Matters Journal community. *

Create a Matters Journal Community Blog where all readers are welcome to submit blog posts on Matters Journal content areas. *

Other – add your suggestion:

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Which State do you currently live?

What is your yearly household income?

What is your primary industry of work?

What is your job position?

We have 100 free copies of the first print edition of Matters Journal to give away.

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