How Wayfinder Got Started
Mark, Shiv and Harris here.
Why? Because we’ve found it hard, like really hard, to navigate these questions ourselves.
And it’s through the act of writing that we’ve found we can both best address these questions and ensure we’re even asking ourselves the right ones to begin with. For example, rather than asking “what are our hopes and dreams?”, we may be better served asking “why do we have these hopes and dreams?”. In other words, pushing ourselves to ask why rather than how.
That's why we're joining forces and launching Wayfinder -- a writer collective exploring questions that matter.
We’ll get into what a writer collective means shortly, but first...
What do we mean by matter?
It’s the big questions that direct our lives, oftentimes unknowingly.
The touchy feely stuff. The hopes and dreams that you can’t tell your manager. The conversations that trigger your uncle to shift uncomfortably in his seat at family dinner. The “alright, let’s have some real talk” types of discussions.
Happiness, meaning and connection.
Belonging, ambition and wonder.
Authenticity, identity and becoming.
While these topics are universal, we haven’t been able to find a dedicated place to explore them with other people.
And that’s where Wayfinder comes in.
We’re a group of writers here to offer up humble perspectives on topics that matter to us -- and that we believe will matter to others as well.
By writing about the questions we ourselves are grappling with, we hope to strike the match for some much-needed conversation. And maybe, even make someone else’s path just a little bit easier.
We’re wayfinders -- here to navigate our own journeys and provide companionship to others along journeys of their own.
Writing, like wayfinding, is better together
As writers, we know the sheer act of writing is hard. And we’ve learned that writing is even more difficult when it is done alone, just like wayfinding. To combat that, we’ll be doing this together as a writer collective.
Writing as part of a collective provides the opportunity to call on multiple perspectives in tackling these complex, and often abstract, questions. It creates a space where we regularly review, refine and edit each other's work so the quality of our writing -- and the resulting conversations around these topics -- naturally improves. Most importantly, it allows us to build community in tackling some of life’s toughest topics.
What you can expect to find at Wayfinder
Here are the publications you'll find writing for Wayfinder today:
Stories by Shiv: Biweekly synthesis by Shivani Shah looking at patterns across seemingly unrelated narratives as a way to develop a deeper understanding of the world around us, and ultimately, the life we live
Each of our publications sends out its own regular newsletter. As a reader, it’s totally up to you to decide which publication you’d like to subscribe to. This could be any one of them, or (we hope!) all of them. By housing our newsletters under Wayfinder’s collective model, we hope to add depth, nuance, and color to the topics we’re writing about.
Moving forward you can expect to find a whole lot more at Wayfinder. New writers, publications and topics. Different forms of content, like interviews and podcasts. And collaborations amongst the Wayfinder team. We’ll also be the first to admit that this is all a work-in-progress, so we’re excited to surprise you, and ourselves, along the way.
Mark, Shiv and Harris