Friday, August 20, 2004

1000 Journals

"The 1000 Journals Project is and ongoing, collaborative experiment attempting to follow 1000 journals throughout their travels.

"The goal is to provide a method for interaction and shared creativity. If you ask a kindergarten class how many of them are artists, they'll all raise their hands. Ask the same question of 6th graders, and maybe one third will respond. Ask high school grads, and few will admit to it.

"What happened to us growing up? We begin to fear criticism, and tend to keep our creativity to ourselves. Many people keep journals, of writing or sketching, but not many share them with people. (when was the last time a friend invited you to read their diary?) You will not be judged here. And you will have company. This is for you. For everyone. "


Pretty cool stuff, eh? I think that the reason that this idea is so compelling is because (brace yourself...) it involves an actual physical result. Of course, this idea isn't for everybody... if you're not creative you'd probably hate to be involved with 1000 journals. The point is, that the principle of this "movement" is like this living, breathing thing because of the nature of the interaction. In some ways this reminds me of the Wikipedia in the sense that it depends on the good will of its users (something that is sadly missing from most products & systems). The Wikipedia will be a total flop if people put bad material in, or even worse... don't put any information in at all. The 1000 journals project depends on the journals getting filled and getting returned. Starting the project was pretty simple; the creator of the project (who refers to himself as "Someguy") simply mailed out the journals to the first people on the list. But there was something much bigger that he did, which was the belief that people can do some pretty cool things if given the chance.

The website has a bunch of scans of the journals (999 of which are still in circulation... yes, he's only gotten one back so far)... you guys should check them out!


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