More details on the idea of creating a new digital community: what the site platform can do, what we’ll need to get going. Thanks for the response.Read More
I have an idea: a free, private community of thinkers — artists, musicians, digital media innovators, journalists (ex and live), researchers, scientists, educators — to share work, exchange feedback, engage in deep learning and conversation. An antidote (and complement) to social media. To provide participants connection, affirmation, colleagues. Interested?Read More
So this story will make you happy.
It began with an assignment. Students at Burr & Burton Academy were asked to undertake a project and two students decided to write a poem. Together. One took one angle, the other took another angle and then they merged what they wrote into one poem.Read More
There’s a change happening with kids. I know, there always is. But this is the first generation that has been raised with the Internet and smartphones. And there’s a change happening. And it’s not what you think.Read More
This is more or less a spiel about Young Writers Project. It's a spiel, too, on the need for us all to just, write.
In August 2006, when Young Writers Project came to be as a nonprofit, I created a Web site and within weeks it was out of control AND had become a community. Before Facebook and Tumblr and Twitter and Instagram, this was a social media site before anyone had heard the term.
The site, the community, was based on trust: No moderation, treat people with respect. For teens, respect and civility means safety, the safety to take creative risk, the safety to write how you really feel and think and not worry about getting slammed. The activity exploded with posts and commenting and collaborations. I was, in all this, an afterthought, a ghost, as in "who's gg?" Cool.Read More