Acting it Forward, 2014-style

Acting it Forward, 2014-style
Published: Jan 01, 2014
A tiny resolution can be the beginning of something big. Yes, we want change in the world. but let's not forget about the territory within our control.

Illustrations by Brad Harley.


INTENTION: Origin — late Middle English : from Old French entencion, from Latin intentio(n-) ‘stretching, purpose,’ from intendere.

RESOLUTION: Origin — late Middle English : from Latin resolutio(n-), from resolvere ‘loosen, release’ (see resolve).


Dear 2014 Resolver,

Please send us your intention/resolution, and best to keep short and sweet (and therefore memorable). However, it doesn't have to be clever, witty or profound. "I want to quit smoking" is a resolution that may have an impact on someone, so feel free put it out there. We'll group the similar resolutions together.

Your resolution can also be accompanied by some context, for instance: an anecdote that sets it up and makes it more clear to us. Tell us a story. We love them.

If you do not want us to publish your name as the author, let us know and we'll credit "Anonymous." However, having your name on it might add some additionnal power — up to you.

At the end of 2014 we'll ask you how it went and, with your permission, publish the results.

Send them to


1 a thing intended; an aim or plan.

2 In medicine, the healing process of a wound. See first intention, second intention.



1 a firm decision to do or not to do something; the quality of being determined or resolute. (See courage.)

2 the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.



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