NANSEN: A magazine about migrants of all kinds
NANSEN: A magazine about migrants of all kinds
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Why make a print magazine?
In each issue of NANSEN Magazine, we get to know just one migrant. We dive deep into their life away from home, seeking out the emotions and experiences that connect all of us.
By focusing on one migrant’s story a time, we can expand the way migrants are perceived – and the way we, as migrants, see ourselves.
At a time when we’re struggling to hear each other above all the digital noise, our magazine offers you the chance to take a break from the screen and have a cup of tea or coffee with a migrant. To hear what they have to say about their own life.
NANSEN Magazine offers a personal, intimate experience of getting to know another human being. If you’re not a migrant, and you read our magazine, you might even end up wanting to join us!
Our success so far
With a small Berlin-based team of migrants managing content, design, publishing and distribution, the first issue of NANSEN Magazine was published in July 2017.
Issue 01 travelled further than we could’ve imagined: it was bought and read by readers on every continent except Antarctica (we’re working on it!).
Why we are fundraising
Now that we know our magazine can also successfully migrate, we need to ramp up our operations to support our vision.
Our main costs are: printing and paper, order fulfillment, distribution, travel and paying our contributors – all of whom are migrants themselves.
The 15,000 EUR target will support the production of Issue 02, PLUS allow us to plan a couple of issues ahead. And that’s important: if we really want to introduce our readers to migrants of all kinds, we need to make sure that if we choose to feature someone who isn’t a movie star or global name, fluctuations in sales won’t prevent us from being able to make the next issue.
Issue 01: AYDIN AKIN
In Issue 01 we met AYDIN AKIN, a 78-year-old Turkish man who’s been living in Berlin for almost half a century but still isn’t allowed to vote.
Almost every day for the past 12 years, AYDIN’s been making a one-man bike protest across the city to draw attention to this issue: why some migrants in Europe are given more rights than others.
AYDIN told us about what it’s been like living away from home for so long and why he cares so deeply about fighting for equal rights for all migrants in Germany. We also took AYDIN’s lead and zoomed out to meet more of Berlin’s migrant community – the people he spends his days fighting for.
What people said about Issue 01
NANSEN was shortlisted for Stack Magazines 2017 Launch of the Year award.
"In Berlin, a magazine gives voice to the world's 244 million migrants." — Libération
"NANSEN Magazine spotlights one migrant per issue, offering a much needed individual perspective on Europe’s refugee crisis." — Huck Magazine
"While the term ‘migrant’ is often loaded, and used to stoke political fires, NANSEN highlights how broad the term is." — Aerostorie
Who’s the subject for Issue 02?
We can’t tell you ALL of our secrets! But if you support us on Kickstarter, you’ll receive our exclusive Kickstarter backers-only newsletter, where you’ll be among the first to hear who will be the face of Issue 02.
We want to use each issue of NANSEN to introduce our readers to a totally different kind of migrant. There’s a juxtaposition between people whose migration regularly hits headlines and is the thing that defines them in the public eye, to people who consider migration a rite of passage, to celebrities who move to LA for work, and would identify as about 10 other things before they considered themselves a migrant.
We want to connect migrants across these experiences, building a community where we can support and advocate for each other across these lines.
Do you know a migrant whose story could fill a whole magazine? If you do, get in touch because we also take nominations and we’re building one heck of a list!
Only available in print
NANSEN Magazine is printed in full colour, perfect bound and measures 165 x 240 mm. Issue 01 ran at 96 pages and we expect each issue to be about the same length.
NANSEN Magazine is only available in print. We’re committed to telling these personal stories the old fashioned way – without distraction.
We’re very grateful for any amount you would like to donate to our Kickstarter campaign. We’ve got some pretty sweet rewards available for our Kickstarter backers, ranging from exclusive newsletters to postcard clues about our next subject, as well as tote bags, a bike tour, magazines (of course!) and our undying gratitude.
Issue 01 postcards. If you choose the postcard clue reward, a brand new NANSEN postcard will arrive fresh from the Issue 02 location with a clue about the next issue’s subject.
Issue 01 established our visual style, inspired by the Nansen passport. Expect more of that in Issue 02, along with a new typeface and illustrations tailored to the personality of our subject.
An exclusive NANSEN community tote bag to flaunt the fact that you're one of 244 million migrants currently roaming the planet. Migrant pride!
Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime bike tour of AYDIN AKIN’s Berlin, led by the man himself. Whistle included!
NANSEN Magazine is published and edited by Vanessa Ellingham, a New Zealand journalist and editor who brings experience from her homeland’s magazine industry as well as from her communications work at Give Something Back to Berlin. In 2016 the organisation won the UNAOC & BMW Group’s Intercultural Innovation Award for its work welcoming the city’s refugee community.
We have a small team of contributors who will change and grow to reflect the communities we get to know in future issues. All our contributors are migrants themselves.
The story behind our name
Our magazine is named after Fridtjof Nansen, the Norwegian explorer and humanitarian who orchestrated mass relief for various groups of refugees following World War One. We’re inspired by his spirit of adventure and his big thinking on migration. He also had a formidable moustache.
Got questions or comments? We’d love to hear from you. Contact our editor Vanessa Ellingham: vanessa [at] nansenmagazine.com.
Our Kickstarter video was filmed and edited by Andreas Nielsen.
Risks and challenges
Producing Issue 01 gave us the chance to figure out our workflow and see how long each part of the production process would take.
As a result, we've factored in allowances for production or printing delays, and we're expecting a pretty smooth ride through Issue 02.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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