The Change Reaction Manifesto

Inside my windowless perch at National Geographic HQ.

Welcome to Change Reaction, the newest venture of National Geographic Magazine. I’m Dan Stone, your humble host. All of us here at the magazine and are glad to have you.

Here’s the deal: We’re trying something new. For decades, you’ve told us, your grandparents have sent you our paper edition. You’ve seen the photos, read the stories. But one thing your grandparents probably didn’t teach you was that geography can be social, too. You can follow your favorite photographers on Instagram, and interact with some explorers on Twitter and Facebook as they cross the planet and find amazing new things.

Later this month, I’ll be starting an epic trip–and tweeting it, too. To where, I’m not yet sure. The bosses at National Geographic HQ have given me a simple mandate. “Go find some people and innovative ideas that are crafting the future and changing how we move, eat and power the planet,” they said. “Just try not to get speeding tickets.”

Should I come to your state? If you’ve heard of something big happening in your town — something that will affect all of us in the future — let me know and I just might show up to check it out.

In the mean time, I’ll be bringing you some stories about environmental innovators here on this blog. Is that new hover bike the real deal, or just marketing bunk? Want to know what kinds of fruits we’ll be eating in 20 years? We’ll pick all of those stories apart here. Many of our topics will cover people doing big things, thinking big thoughts. To those who say our environmental future is doomed, I will say—ever so politely—hogwash.

Oh, and one more thing. This really is about you, so please come along. I’m not some corporate robot. I’m a normal guy, hoping you’ll guide my travels. Does someone in your neighborhood design a rocket powered by Kool Aid? Let me know. Do you know where to find the world’s best tacos? Just as important.

Find me on Twitter at @NatGeoDan. Send me your thoughts, questions and pointers. Tweet me those cool photos. And seriously, the tacos.

Dan Stone

Changing Planet