Grist is turning 18, and, just like so many wide-eyed and bushy-tailed young adults, it’s ready for its next chapter. As the team and I pack up the ol’ minivan (electric-powered, natch) with Grist’s beloved irreverence, boxes of groundbreaking stories, and collection of media trophies, we’ve realized we’re ready for a big move, even if this proud papa is getting a little misty-eyed at how far the organization has come.

I founded Grist in 1999 to spread awareness of some of the biggest problems facing humanity. The organization has succeeded beyond my wildest dreams, but it stands to reason that college-age Grist might look a little different and try some news things out.

To that end, we have a vital new mission that addresses the challenges of today; I’m taking on a new role at the organization; and we have a new, splendid organizational leader who will help usher in this new chapter. So: lots to share.