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Incubating magazine literacy at Bendyworks

Bendyworks incubates magazine literacy

Bendyworks incubates magazine literacy

We’ve just moved in to a fabulous incubation space at Bendyworks, an agile technology juggernaut in Madison, WI.

The move empowers MagazineLiteracy.org to tap the enormous spirit of the Madison community to assemble a team charged to grow and improve our operations and service to hundreds of grassroots volunteers on the ground in communities across the U.S.  Meeting literacy needs at the community level with all-volunteer teams is and always will be our bedrock – but these literacy champions need support to learn and to grow so they and we can meet our full literacy promise.

The collaborative space at Bendyworks allows us to be nimble and to keep operations modest and highly leveraged, while fostering our strength and continuity.  We’ve already kicked off 2013 with an incredible team of interns from the nearby University of Wisconsin and now, thanks to the Bendyworks’ co-working space, we are embedded in the rich, cultural, and technological vibe of the Madison community – ready to serve magazine literacy needs from coast to coast.

Today, creative/technical workers can literally live and work anywhere. A large number of folks choose to work in Madison and either freelance or work remotely for companies on the east or west coast. Bendyworks’ dedicated desk co-working gives them the opportunity to talk and interact with humans rather than just their cats.

– Jim Remsik, Bendyworks

Onward!

Literacy takes flight in New Jersey with Boy Scout Eagle Project

Eagle ProjectSurya has been organizing a very successful Magazine Harvest as his Boy Scout Eagle Project in New Jersey – collecting over 1,200 magazines for new readers.  The magazines are being sorted, labeled, and bundled in USPS flat rate boxes for  delivery to new readers.  Surya and his team are creating a list of the magazines in each bundle, which are organized by topic for easy selection by literacy programs.

Magazine Bundles for New Readers

Magazine Bundles for New Readers

Magazines from dentists make new readers smile

Highlights for ChildrenMy lifelong love for magazines started with reading Highlights at the dentist office – and I know I’m not alone in that experience. To this day, I can’t pass a Highlights without picking it up to look for hidden pictures.  So reading magazines in the dentist office is the seed that grew to become MagazineLiteracy.org and dentists continue to receive and share so many wonderful magazines in their waiting areas with their patients.  Let’s tap this enormous potential – putting a smile on the face of new readers, while your dentist brightens yours.

Organized literacy efforts among health professionals are not unprecedented. For example, Reach out and Read is an amazing program empowered by pediatric physicians.  Dental offices receive many wonderful magazines each month to share with readers in their waiting rooms and cycle through them as new issues come in.  We know from working with many dentist that they love the idea of giving the magazines a new life by sending them to our literacy programs.

Whether you are a dentist or a patient – contact us to help grow our “Make Readers Smile” project.   Every dentist can participate – strengthening the breadth and depth of our magazine literacy supply chain. In addition to supplying their own magazines, the visibility can encourage patients to be involved too – perhaps by recycling their own magazines to new readers and volunteering to build up our local literacy teams.

I’m smiling already!

Thank you Folio: for celebrating our magazine literacy work

Folio Top 40We are so honored and thankful to Folio: magazine for recognizing our global literacy project in their Top 40 list this year.  Our work is made possible by the generous support and active involvement of publishers and every type of magazine industry stakeholder throughout the entire magazine supply chain, from printers to consumers.

There is a role for everyone to play in changing the world – one magazine at a time.  Become part of our story!

Collecting magazines at home to recycle to new readers

Thank you Tiffany for helping organize this Getting Started article for people who want to collect magazines at home to recycle to new readers. Join us to start recycling magazines today.  Here’s another article for those who want to be part of a local magazine recycling team.

Hello and welcome to magazineliteracy.org where our mission is to change the world— one magazine at a time. Out of the goodness of your heart, you have decided to donate some magazines to one of our wonderful programs. We are so appreciative and thrilled that you have decided to do this!

The process of recycling is easy and we want to make the process as simple as possible for you so you can feel comfortable about donating again and again! This article will  explain the process step by step for you.

First things first – gather all your gently used magazines – clean, with not torn pages or covers, and in good or very good condition.  Carefully remove any paper mailing labels and black out ink labels with a permanent marker.  This protects your personal information and allows for a more dignified experience for the new magazine owner and we want your magazines, NOT your personal information.  Once we receive your magazines, we will put our own “gift” labels over the spot where the old label was.

That’s all there is to it.  Just bundle up your magazines for a local donation bin or ship them to us.

So, that is the process for donating your gently used magazines! Super simple right?! I hope this article helps! If you have any questions, please be in touch.

Tiffany

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