Makeni and Nick: The rest other six of us met this afternoon and had a great discussion that pinned down our plan for what our idea is all about. Assuming you two are alright with it, the rest of us feel pretty excited!
We had been thinking in the direction of creating an ongoing narrative story that would be able to be added to by many “outside” people, and that would essentially rely upon people’s creativity to continue it along. I think we all agree that it is a really cool idea, and would definitely have the potential to have some cool outcomes. However, there are a lot of logistical things to think abou in terms of how it would moderated, continued, managed, marketed, etc. Also, although I felt a little rude at the time, I brought up the point of “Why??” Lol. I basically asked why this was a good idea, and whether we actually felt interested in it enough to see it through to fruition for the next 6 weeks and beyond. I for one feel like the project would have a lot of potential, but that it is also almost a little bit cliché. I felt like it was a little bit of an obvious choice for a group of art students to try and get other outside people interested in. Also, it would take a lot of work on our part (which is fine, but not necessarily great after the set project is finished if we want for it to keep on going.) I could just see the fire dying a bit once we all go our separate ways, and I think we all felt excited when Charlotte mentioned the words “viral” and “think big.”
SO. That being said, we came up with a new idea about creating a website for people (primarily aimed at students…(maybe?)) to share their passions and happinesses (if that’s a word, lol!) Basically, we want to create a website that is completely aimed at sharing positive activities and inspiration. ENOUGH with all the negative news about students right?? Students get SO much bad press. I think the truth is that students and the young-adult generation in general is absolutely bursting with creativity, passion, and the will to share WHATEVER they love (think- cars, knitting, kite-flying, sun-bathing, shopping, texting, hiking, eating, dancing, sword-swallowing… you name it). The point being that we are the most diverse generation out there, with the most advanced ways of spreading an image about anything… including ourselves! So how cool would it be to make an online site (joyspace.com…???) where, in whatever media you wish, you share your passion and love for your interest.
We all pretty much seemed to feel that this would NOT be so much aimed towards being a social-networking site. Really, it’s just about sharing a moment of joy with the world. If it makes you happy, and you love it, why not post it? You might inspire someone, or brighten their day, or who knows!
Also, we did talk briefly about possibly using QRcodes or some sort of mapping device to be able to see where the people were. That way, we could start building a passion-map (sorry, I know that sounds really corny, but I didn’t have a better idea) much like the emotion map that Art is Open Source showed us yesterday.
And one more note: We decided that we would keep this fb page as our main idea-area where we all visit. We also want to make a formal blog that documents the process of creating this website that we will be able to show for credit at the end. And then of course, there is the website itself. Lots to accomplish by May 17th!!
So……. please respond to this… everyone! Correct me if I’ve misrepresented anything, and add to it. Makeni and Nick, we are especially exited about your ideas/insight/critiques, etc. It would be great if you’d give us a little bit of detailed thoughts on this.