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Arkbound launch latest Boundless magazine following successful Better Bristol campaign

Steve Mcnaught, Co-editor of Bristol publisher Arkbound launch, shares an update on the latest Boundless magazine that was supported through the Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s 2017 Better Bristol campaign…

Boundless is printed quarterly and the recent edition features an exclusive interview with reclusive UK graffiti artists Banksy, an article on the impacts of climate change in 50 years and ways we can make changes to avoid the worse, a look at Bristol’s ballooning heritage, and a gallery of creative work by people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Each edition seems to get better than the last, and we have taken on board continuing feedback from readers to improve the content and design. It has also been possible to provide more opportunities for disadvantaged people to get experience in journalism and the media; many of these have been behind the content creation. There have been plenty of obstacles and set-backs, but we have persisted to make the magazine something that represents good value, innovation, and positive social impact.

Earlier in the year Arkbound managed to raise over £8,000 from a crowdfunding campaign as part of Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s ‘Better Bristol’ campaign, with 61 people making individual donations and match-funding from Bristol Green Capital Partnership to keep Boundless going for years to come. As well as letting us continue to do important environmental coverage, this funding has also allowed us to generate future journalism placements.

The introduction page to Boundless reads:

‘We seek a world in union, where all people and communities – regardless of their creed, colour or background -can find common purpose to achieve their dreams. We want to help create a more open and accountable society, where people are not afraid to speak out; where injustice, corruption and oppression is exposed. At the same time, we aim to give a voice to marginalised groups, allowing alternative perspectives and fresh insights to be shared. Much of our content is contributed by people suffering some kind of exclusion. We actively give organisations that see to improve their communities a platform. Boundless has a focus on the future, believing in the empowerment of young people, whilst advocating sustainable living.’

In addition to regular coverage on environmental features, Boundless is printed using a local Bristol printer with the best environmentally friendly standards. It is also distributed sustainably, by foot and bike, something which helped Arkbound win a ‘Go Green’ award in 2016 for its commitment to environmental sustainability. Hard copies are available for £1.99, available from street vendors or in venues around the city, from 7th August.

People are welcome to get involved in future publications – whether they are a community project doing good work that would like to be covered, or someone who wants to get some experience in journalism and would otherwise struggle to do so.

For further information, please contact boundless@arkbound.com

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