August 10 is the deadline for submitting articles for publication in our online magazine which will be eligible to be highlighted in the EE Magazine Highlights (newsletter) emailed in September. Please respect this deadline if you want your article to possibly be mentioned.
But you don’t need to wait for a deadline! Submit your article anytime. We publish articles to the EE magazine as they become ready, and those are then available for inclusion in the next bi-monthly Magazine Highlights. (See item 5. below.)
The theme of our next bi-monthly Magazine cycle starting now is “Managing Complexity”. Whether the various strands of the movement for next stage organizations will be able to prove their evolutionary advantage (over the presently dominant model of command-and-control organizing) will largely depend on whether they can learn managing complexity just as well and even better than today’s big bureaucracies manage complexity. Do you have some thoughts about it? Why not turn them into an article for EE Magazine, following these Writer’s Guidelines?
Last revision of these Guidelines: July 22, 2017
How does your article idea fit Enlivening Edge Magazine?
The “Edge” in our name reflects our intention to provide our readers with stories from the leading edge of next-stage organizations, practical examples they can get inspired by, news that they can use. Enlivening Edge is a space where organizational innovation, co-learning and co-creation can thrive, supporting the various movements of reinvention.
More specifically, the EE Magazine welcomes articles with a focus on the three Teal Organization breakthroughs of Wholeness, Evolutionary Purpose, and Self-Management, as those show up in Self, Organizations, and/or Society. Where does your article fit within these Teal areas?
- People curious about Teal because they are looking for a new paradigm for organizations
- People actively learning and exploring about Teal as an option for their own work, but who have questions and concerns, and need to see examples and results
- People implementing Teal ways of organizing or being, who face challenges and have successes
- People who are ready to take their own experiences of “going Teal” and learn and share through Communities of Practice
- Those who are passionate about Teal consciousness and wish to foster the movement or eco-system of Teal-related initiatives
Tips for making your writing for EE even brighter
As you are writing, remind yourself of the purpose of your piece. Enlivening Edge is a space where organizational innovation, co-learning and co-creation can thrive, supporting the various movements of reinvention. The pieces we share are all in service of helping inform and inspire readers to either make the decision to change or support them in their journey with helpful stories, examples and insights. In short, y/our content must enliven the readers and yourself.
As well as contributing to the movement of next-stage initiatives, this is also an opportunity for you to describe your own next-stage organisation initiatives and projects and get feedback from the community.
Remember who you are writing for. Many readers won’t have the depth of knowledge that you might have. so be mindful to use inclusive, human language and avoid jargon.
Put yourself in your audience’s shoes. What are their needs? If they are busy people, for example, make your point early, in the simplest, most compelling way. Respect for the reader’s time, says one author, “led me to constantly challenge myself: How can I say what I need to say with the smallest number of words, and still be unambiguous?”
Tone of voice
The tone of voice we use is important because it can have a huge impact on our ability to influence and connect with others. A great person to model is Frederic Laloux, author of Reinventing Organizations. Here are his words of advice:
When I write something, I try to subtly marry a tone that is both solid and also personal. My sense is that many people are tired of things that are so professional it creates a distance, a disconnection, that it comes across as corporate. I think there is a big longing for simple, everyday connection, for humanness in our exchanges. It’s subtle territory, because I notice I also quickly get turned off when something comes across as too new agey, too “it’s all about me, my feelings”.
So consider how you can marry a tone that is both solid and personal in your writing. You’ll notice Frederic also uses evocative, multi-sensory words like ‘solid’, ‘longing’, and ‘tired’ which naturally draw us in. These are great storytelling tools because as human beings we are deeply emotional.
Items in Teal color form a checklist.
Please format your piece in order to create a pleasurable reading experience, guiding the reader’s eye, and conveying your message clearly:
- Shortening paragraphs (for online writing, the rule of thumb is no more than 5 lines per paragraph)
- Shortening sentences (no more than about 300 characters including spaces)
- Using bullet points
- Using sub-headings
- Including standout/pull(out)/breakout/”block” quotes
Pity the poor proofreaders (and have a laugh at the alliterations) and save them hours of work:
In sub-headings, please capitalize the first letter of the first word, and make the rest lower-case.
If you include dashes, please be mindful to use em-dashes —, not hyphens – or double-hyphens — or en-dashes –. And put no space before or after the em-dash—like this.
If you want to use the European convention around the relationship of punctuation marks at the end of sentences, please use it consistently. That means “. or “? versus the American convention .” or ?” Just be consistent.
Please use ” ” for all quotations, and ‘ ‘ only for quotations within quotations.
Please italicize titles of books, do not put them in double or single quote marks.
Please give your article a real title, not “Article for Enlivening Edge.” 🙂
In your title, please capitalize first letter of all important words.
Titles show up best in our magazine format if they are 60 or fewer characters including spaces, but minimum 30 characters including spaces.
If you reference something on the web, such as a specific author, project, organization, or book, please include the URL, or better yet, insert your own hyperlink from the text reference.
Please capitalize first letter of words Teal, Green, Orange, and other “stage”-name colors.
Those little matters will save our proofreaders a lot of time!
Please submit your article as a Word (or similar program) document by email to alia @ enliveningedge.org, not via Google docs or some other way.
Use pull-quotes sparingly. They serve to entice readers into your article or to highlight a key topic. Too many of them causes them to lose that distinctive function, and disrupts the flow of reading. We recommend 1 pull quote, if any at all, for shorter articles (500 words); maximum 2 pull quotes for articles of 1,000 words, and maximum 3 pull quotes for longer articles.
If you need some inspiration, look at websites you visit frequently to read articles, and observe what they do to make things easy for you as a reader.
Whenever possible, include evocative, copyright-free (or that you hold copyright to) visuals that help conveying your message.
It is absolutely imperative that every image we use be either with permission, or via being copyright-free, or taken by you, or via Creative Commons which allows Commercial use and modification (resizing/cropping.)
Articles with visuals get 94% more responses than those without. Please indicate if you desire an image to be in a particular place, otherwise the contact person you are working with (see point 4. below) will decide. Please send all images as email attachments to alia @ enliveningedge.org, and indicate where in your Word document each one goes.
EE’s new “magazine” format requires a “Featured Image” for each article, in addition to any images you’d like to include within the article. The Featured Image is displayed on the main page, and above all text in the article, and serves as hyperlink for reader navigation in several places on the site.
We strongly request that you as author provide one, rather than our having to search for one and perhaps use one you don’t even like! The minimum size for a Featured image for EE use is 1024 x 576 pixels. If you use a larger image, the ratio of width to height needs to be 16:9, or 1.78. We have no flexibility on these numbers.
Also, the minimum resolution is 72 dpi, and as emphasized above, the image needs to be copyright-free, or one you hold the copyright to.
3. Word Count
Please aim for 500 to 1000 words. Occasionally we publish longer, 1700 to 2500 words.
4. Submission procedure
You’ll be working first with the EE Magazine person with whom your article got initiated, and later a Copy Editor/Writing Quality Amplifier will work with you to shape your article and get it published. If you do not yet have a contact person, please send submission to our Writing Quality Amplifier Role alia @ enliveningedge.org, as editable Word document attachment to email.
By submitting an article, you give us permission to make proofreading and light copy-edit changes without consulting you prior to publication. It is our policy that if we have more substantive changes to suggest, that will be done in conversation with you. If you want other arrangements, let us know ahead.
If you have ownership or copyright concerns, or if your article is being published simultaneously elsewhere, or has been published before, please discuss with your EE Magazine collaborator when you send in your article, or even earlier in the process.
By default, all of our articles are published with this status: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/. So if you want something different, please let your collaborator know before the article is published.
5. Deadlines for submission
The deadline for submission if your article is going to be available for mention in the next bi-monthly EE Magazine Highlights, is the 10th of the even-numbered months. Please respect this deadline. You might think “Oh, they can make an exception for me,” and possibly we can, but when 12-15 people all do this 2-3 weeks after the deadline, the pacing of our activity as volunteers becomes a harmful tsunami, unsustainable. We might need to postpone your article for several weeks.
There is no need to wait for a deadline; in fact, we urge you to submit your article, or contact us with an idea for an article, anytime, so we can pace our magazine/website publications during the months.
It’s important to understand that we publish articles in our website/magazine continually, and our website-notification subscribers are notified about each new item on the day it appears. The Magazine Highlights is emailed every other month to its own subscriber list, and it includes a selection of items from the site which fit the emphasis of the previous two months. Not all of the magazine/website-published articles get mentioned in a Highlights issue.
6. About You
As attachments to an email, NOT part of your Word document, please provide a 3-sentence bio (in italics) and an URL if you want your name be linked to it, and/or an email address for you.
in .jpg or .png format, and about 1.5 inches square, or close to that size.
The top line of your article should be “By [Your Name] for Enlivening Edge Magazine.”
Please use whatever standard you are familiar with. Please indicate when you are quoting or referencing someone else’s writing, rather than using your original words.
In the spirit of synergy and maximum helpfulness to EE readers, we strongly urge all of our writers to look over the Reinventing Organizations Wiki main page for references to topics/concepts in your article, and provide links within or at the end of your article to those pages of the wiki.
8. Harvesting the Fruits
To be notified when your article is published, do subscribe to EE’s magazine/website posts. Here is the part of the righthand column on our pages where you can do that:
And we urge you to keep checking back to your post for comments, so you can be in a generative conversation with readers. That’s a huge part of your reason for writing, isn’t it? And a huge part of Enlivening Edge’s Evolutionary Purpose.
Tip: When your article is published, go and make a first comment, and click on the little box to “be notified of future comments.” Then you WILL be notified if someone else comments on your article. There is no other way to receive a notification of that.
9. Questions not addressed here?
Please let your EE Magazine contact person or collaborator know how these Writer’s Guidelines could be more helpful and informative, or use the Contact Us form here on the EE site.