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What is Lacuna?

Lacuna – the magazine is highlighting stories and people we feel are not talked about enough. We go where it hurts and we tell stories of hope, growth, and change.

Lacuna – the network is connecting with people who share our core values and who believe a better society and world is possible. We maintain close relationships with our interview partners, collaborate and volunteer for them, to help them achieve our mutual goals of a healthier society.

First and foremost, Lacuna is a project. Our belief in change means that we are always learning. This is our journey and we will grow, adjust and change to provide you with the most valuable content. We aim not to be just another website you check. Instead, we hope we can add meaning to your life.

Our mission is to listen to you

One of the greatest gifts you can give another person is to listen with genuine interest. Every person has the right to be heard, every perspective has its place. We listen to understand, to find common ground, respect the difference and seek meaningful encounters with every person we meet. We will listen to your story and we will honor your trust by retelling it in the most authentic way.

We create change. One Story after another

Our vision is a world in which every person is heard, every story has a place and every life is valued.

We collect stories to get a diverse picture of our world and to highlight our shared humanity by shifting the focus away from what divides us to what we have in common.

We work for a future that is worth living for, and a society worth fighting for. Changing even one small corner of the world won´t be easy, but together, we can make a difference.

Journalistic Ethics

We honor the courage and openness of our interview partners, and we will never publish anything without their consent.

We will always seek the truth. We work independently. We hold ourselves accountable for mistakes, correct them and make sure we do not repeat the same mistake again. We always listen to the concerns of our readers. We are aware of the impact words can have, and we will always use them for the greater good.

We stand by colleagues who share our core values and offer our support, and We will defend the freedom of the press when required.

Social and environmental responsibility

Every choice we make affects our planet and future generations and our goal is to make conscious decisions that will have a positive impact. We will always strive to be environmentally conscious when making any type of business decision that directly impacts our planet. We will be transparent and use Instagram to inform you about what we are doing. This way we hope to inspire you to reconsider the decisions you make as well.

Throughout the year, we will choose projects and organizations to highlight and support through our journalistic and public relation skills and, whenever possible, financial contributions. We are choosing the people we work with carefully to assure they share our values and we hope you support these organizations that aim to make a difference.

We won´t waste your time

Time is the most precious resource we have. We won´t waste yours. Therefore, we only use social media mindfully, and we will never spam your e-mail account with unnecessary newsletters.

Instead, we invite you to reach out to us. Ask questions, give us feedback, tell us about interesting people you think we should meet for an interview, or tell us about yourself. You can converse with us via e-mail or WhatsApp, connect with us on Instagram, and we will spark conversations through our monthly newsletter.

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What can we do for you?

Do you have a goal, a project, or a dream and need support? We are here to help – and we ask nothing in return but to share our core values and trust us. Be a part of our Creative Tribe

If your worldview is black and white, then sorry, we are not for you.

But if you see a world full of colors and possibilities, then please join us on this creative journey.

About Esther Vivian Kay, or, why Lacuna exists

I was born with a rare form of spina bifida, having to kneel in a wheelchair instead of being able to sit.

But that is not who I am.

For most of my life, I refused to be defined by the limitations other people see when they look at me. I am fortunate to say, I am surrounded by people who value me and forget about the wheelchair.

Still, I was facing a lot of “you can´t,” “you won´t,” “you shouldn´t.”

When I was in school, I got told by a job adviser that there are no journalists in a wheelchair. I published my first article in a daily newspaper shortly after the discouraging conversation.

When I got told by my parents I could not travel alone, I went to Paris with a friend, and these days experiencing great contentment being in an unfamiliar country all by myself.

Whenever I get told I cannot do something because I am in a wheelchair, I answer by doing.

„Don´t accept what other people tell you about yourself“

Esther Vivian Kay

some experiences:

  • freelance journalist print, online and radio
  • press work for concert agencies and non-profit organizations
  • K-Pop adviser and event managing for the Korean Cultural Centre
  • private teacher for Korean children and young adults

When in 2018 doctors told me I was probably facing a shorter lifespan because of a multi-resistant bacteria in my bones and bladder, without having a solution how to cure it, I once again refused to be defined by other people´s beliefs.

I had been in and out of the hospital with sepsis after sepsis for the bigger part of 2017. Antibiotics made my condition worse, not better. That´s when I decided to listen to my intuition. I stopped taking antibiotics and turned to natural medicine, and I arranged my own funeral. And then I went back to living a life without hospital stays. In May 2018, more than 18 months after I first fell sick, the infection had healed.

First, I felt lost, trying to find deeper meaning in why I was healed, whereas others did not have the same luck. Then, I found the answers in the story of my life.

I have always seen the world from a different perspective, and I was forced to grow up much faster and ask myself different questions than other people my age.

I can relate to the outsiders, to those who are different, to everyone who suffers, faces trials and injustice.

Through my personal experiences, I have gained an endless passion for life, the strength not to look away and a voice to speak up.

I want to make a difference and add value to peoples lives.

That is why Lacuna exists.

Though my story is my own, its message is universal: We grow when challenged. And finding purpose and happiness is a choice.

Lacuna is not about me. It is about you. It is about your story and how you can own it. It is about finding inspiration by sharing all our stories, empower one another, and be the change we seek.

You can book Esther Vivian as an educator and speaker for your event or workshop. Contact: esthervivian@lacunamagazine.com

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