The Idea Garden

Columns and Articles

Socially conscious writing

A freelance writer for many years, our founder Sheelagh Matthews, is known for her socially conscious writing. She has many published works to which she still owns certain rights. Most notable of these are her green-minded op-ed columns and magazine articles on sustainability.

green writing

There’s no better time than now to start your socially conscious messaging.

The Idea Garden is in care of these columns and articles, and would be happy to share them with your publication for reasonable rights and fees.


The opinion-editorial (“op-ed”) is our founder’s favourite form of writing. In 750 words or less, columns are where Sheelagh gets to share different ways of looking at common social, political, and environmental concerns.

With her monthly In Our Best Interest columns being published for 12-plus years (2005 – present), Sheelagh has amassed quite a collection, many of them on “evergreen” topics which can be used again and again.


Sheelagh has written several articles with a sustainability focus. These could be either reprinted or revised to suit your needs. Just let us know what you are looking for, and we’ll be happy to sift through our collection to find appropriate content for your audience.


Every once in a while we put together a compilation of stories (written by Sheelagh) around a central theme.

These are great deals, not to mention great reading, for those wanting to add some socially conscious content to websites, newsletters, and other resources. We’ll post announcements whenever new compilations come out.


Contact us to find out how you might use these articles and columns to your advantage!