Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Social Story Experiment

Greetings carbon based lifeforms! And Chiira (Your chemistry is still being investigated.)

Nyambura , a dynamo of good ideas and even better writing shared about this site called where a bright spark was putting out a bright idea each day. Idea number 12 resonated pretty strongly with me and I figured it would be something cool to do. 

So i'm doing it. 

Nyambura thought we'd call it the 'Wote Ndani' story. I'm in agreement. 

So here's a quick overview:

Start a crowd-source fictional story on Twitter edited & moderated by @Buggz79 where each Twitter user, after writing his/her part in 140 characters or less, mentions another person that continues the story. Each tweet is followed by a hashtag that allows the moderator to curate the whole story, which can later be downloaded free.

Ground Rules:

1. The hashtag is #WoteNdani
2. The story is in English. However, story characters can converse in any dialect they please
3. While the occasional expletive is fine, lets keep it PG13
4. Tagging: The person tagged to continue the story has 2 minutes in which to respond. If it takes longer than that, the moderator may reroute the story to another respondent
5. A person may be tagged multiple times. However, try to minimise this. Lets have as many people as possible participating. 


I've decided on a round robin approach. Basically, the story will flow in the order of the names below. This takes out the question about who's next in line and keeps the story fairly random!

Stuff I still haven't worked out:

1. How to determine that the story is complete. We could either do it time based or after a certain number of players. 

2. How to ensure the maximum number of people who'd like to play get a shot. If we tag the wrong people, momentum will be lost with a whole lot of people asking "What's this about?"

The following people have expressed an interest in participating thus far:
@rimbui, @barongreen_back, @roomthinker, @njukey, @kevdanative, @karareiy, @benjaluta, @wiselar, @yaadinfo, @notmutant, @lucyambasi, @vancemuriu, @okundayor @ydee @bintim @twezlie @edgicovi @akenyangirl @cirukairu and @mercymurugi @Ahendaa @saitone @murimuriz @akellove @ ReneeMurrey @just_sham_it @njerithande @mediamk @gitts and @iamsospaceship @skayjnr @a_kabari @alyah_QQ @Nyakabs and @adeborayo

If anyone else expresses an interest, route them to @buggz79 and I'll add them to the list. 

The tentative start time for this would be Friday 10.00 am till 12.00pm. I'd like to keep the story short. 

And lets have some fun with it people! 



PS: If you have any tips of pointers, please share them in the comments below. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Discovering Workability: One year after the Landmark Forum.

Slightly over a year ago, I saw this tweet from @locococomoco:

"Any tweeps out there who will be attending the Landmark Forum from tommorow?"

Now, Loco is in the "stratosphere-nose bleed" league of cool people. So i figured I'd check out what this Landmark biz is all about. The results of a quick Google search were frankly not encouraging. 

Thing is, Loco, despite her moniker is a very 'together' individual. So I took a chance and showed up at the Sarit center exhibition hall on a Tuesday night. That's when my journey begun.

It started with a really basic question. 

What matters to you?

My answer to that initially was Money. Money makes the world go round. So logically, if i have money, i would be able to throw it at any situation and stuff would start working again. 

Sounds nuts huh?

I walked into the landmark forum pretty sure that i'll get some insights into how I'd make more money. I walked out with something profoundly more valuable. 

The money was not what  i actually wanted all's what the money gets you. So..I want the money, to buy me a nice house, which get me a feeling of security, which leaves me relaxed, at ease and confident. 

So that what i really wanted all be relaxed, at ease and confident. 

More importantly, i want to be that person regardless of what my personal finances look like. I want workability. To have a say in how my life goes. 

That, ladies and gents, is what i walked out with from the Landmark forum. 

On saturday the 5th of May 2012, we will have an entire day of introductions to this fabulous education. We'll be doing this at Under the Radar. This is my invitation to you. 

Come and expereince workability like you've never experienced it before. The Landmark forum costs 14,000 shillings. You can register with 4,000 3,000 shillings and pay the balance before the next forum. This is in Sept 7,8,9 and 11th 2012. 

I do promise you one thing. This stuff works.