Welcome to the Story Field Conference Participant Creations blog. Here we’ll post our creations — or links to our creations* — writings, videos, audio files, graphics, whatever.
This Story Field Conference Participant Creations blog is for our narrative and artistic creations. Our other blog — the Story Field Community Conversation blog — is for free-flowing talk with each other and exploring ideas.
We invite you to post creations (and create postings) that reflect the purpose of the Story Field Conference: to shift our culture’s “story field” in life-enhancing directions.
These can include
- evocative images
- essays and stories — past, present, and future — about what’s needed, good, or possible
- myths, journalism, dance, poetry, and humor that communicate life at its best and most meaningful
- stories about the struggles and successes of making better lives and a better world
- works about how stories and story-work can, are, or will make a difference
- and anything else that serves our shared purpose.
We’re especially interested in “imagineering” stories — stories of, into, or looking back from a better future, crafted to inspire and/or help people to live into that future.
We don’t want to co-create just one dominant story or embody one life-constricting ideology. We believe that life is filled with many possibilities, many outlooks, many dimensions, many unfoldings. We want to collectively call forth a very rich and diverse field of stories that evoke a sense of positive possibility and deep reality. We want to empower better futures to come into being.
Community Spirit and Blog Moderation
We want this blog to be a respectful, interesting, spam-free space that most all of us look forward to coming back to over and over. It is set up to facilitate that.
- Only registered Story Field Conference participants can submit blog postings here. If you are a registered participant, you will receive an invitation in which you click a link that gets you permission to post, once you log in to the blog.
- WordPress users who are not Story Field Conference participants can submit comments but not original postings. Their first comment must be approved by a moderator before they get permission to post without moderation. This nips spam in the bud.
- Any posting or comment may be edited or deleted by blog moderators if, in their judgment, it is inappropriate or deleterious to the well-being and intention of the Story Field Conference community.
After the Story Field Conference in August 2007, the community may decide to proceed with different forums or moderation standards.
* If your creation is too big to post here as a blog entry, and you don’t have another place online to post it (so you can link to it in your blog entry), send your doc or a ready-to-post page (including any needed html code) to me at email@example.com with “Story Field Conference Submission” in the subject line. I’ll post it on the Story Field Conference site and send you a URL to link to in a blog entry here, which announces your creation to the group.
RE “CATEGORIES” AND “TAGS”
Categories (aka tags) allow us to search for all the postings that have been placed in a single category or tagged with a single tag. The right hand margin of every blog page here contains all the blog’s current tags as a clickable list. When you create a new post, you will have an opportunity to indicate what categories you want it to be placed under.
You can create new categories for your blog entries (although not for comments, which don’t have tags) — or you can use existing ones. There is a checklist of existing tags to the right of the “New Post” textbox, and you can check the boxes of tags that apply and/or write new tags in the blank “New” field above it.
The cumulative tags co-created by individual participants is called a “folksonomy”. A pre-established list of categories is called a “taxonomy”. The advantage of a folksonomy is that it is participatory and emergent, self-organizing in novel and useful ways. The advantage of a taxonomy is that the shared category system provides a common ground that is especially useful when you want to see all the postings under “Humans” and don’t want to have to check tags like “People” “Humanity” “Homo Sapiens” “Man” etc.
This blog uses a mixture of both folksonomy and taxonomy. I created a taxonomy of tags at the start to provide some common ground for those who wish to use it. The categorization system here at WordPress, however, allows any user to use, ignore, or add to that list, so we will all be generating a folksonomy around that taxonomy as we go.