Introducing … Ensia!


If you’re a fan of IonE’s Momentum magazine, we have some good news for you: Momentum is no more.

Why good news? Because Momentum is now Ensia, an innovative online and print magazine and event series that’s out to change the world. Reaching across sectors, disciplines, political persuasions and continents, Ensia aims to provide people who have the power to shape new solutions to environmental grand challenges with the innovative ideas, information and inspiration they need to do so.

Ensia builds on the foundation Momentum established – but, thanks to the generous support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and private donors – is able to do much more, with new online content posted daily, a dramatic expansion of the platform’s signature event series planned for 2014, and the introduction of a mentorship program for aspiring environmental journalists.

The first issue of the print magazine features thoughtful viewpoints on the meaning and practicality of returning to “pristine nature,” an infographic showing the magnitude of worldwide concrete and CO2 production, and a teaser for a stunning online photo essay of vanishing species by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore.

The online magazine, easy to find at, launched this week with interviews with ocean advocate Alexandra Cousteau, architect William McDonough, former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed, venture capitalist Paul Matteucci and others. Along with expanded content from the print magazine, Ensia online offers articles and multimedia covering topics such as climate change adaptation, cities inspired by nature, green chemistry, sustainable agriculture, B corporations, geothermal energy, recycled art and more. Over the coming weeks, watch for feature commentaries from leading environmental thinkers including Fortune contributing editor Marc Gunther, author Maggie Koerth-Baker, economist Gernot Wagner and many others.

The Ensia Live event series will launch this spring in Minneapolis with futurist Jamais Cascio, international energy expert Peggy Liu and architect Peter Williams opening eyes and enriching minds as they showcase environmental solutions in action. Each event will be accompanied by a live arts performance. Organizers are already beginning to plan for the 2014 Ensia Live, which will reach far beyond conventional event formats to create a unique opportunity for global environmental leaders and others to exchange world-changing information, ideas and inspiration.

We invite you to become an inaugural member of the Ensia community! For information on how to receive Ensia online and Ensia Live updates or subscribe to Ensia print, go to Follow Ensia on Twitter at @ensiamedia and on Facebook at /ensiamedia, and sign up for RSS feeds at

Monique Dubos is a freelance writer and photographer. She currently works at the University of Minnesota.