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Summertime greetings

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More about the project is here.

&Cojournal

Reflective writing prompts and a small circle of people to write with

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Let’s get started. Application is at the end of this page. There’s more to say, after that.

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Writing with others, writing for ourselves

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As much as I like writing in solitude, sometimes it’s fun to have accountability partners. There are a handful of people, and interestingly, they are all in very different cultural contexts, in exactly three points on the globe, who, thankfully, I know I can always reach out to if I’m in a pinch or just curious and we have that accountability vibe thing going.

These are folks that I know I can ask, ‘Hey what do you think about this thing I just wrote?’ and very likely hear back within a day or two. This back-and-forth is reminiscent of pre-internet dialogues where the time between replies is almost instant like you’re talking, face to face. I missed that and I’ve also enjoyed having the digital version with my handful of writing friends in the cloud. It means that we can keep building and sharing over the years (yes, years, now, it’s been 4 in one case and 9 in another), to see how we’re growing and changing. I did try some short-burst online cojournaling projects because I got some feedback in 2018 that this would be handy, but honestly, I like the long-term relationships much, much more. Go figure.

But everything starts somewhere, and it’s usually: the invitation. Here are some start dates for July cojournaling:



I’m glad to be doing this again. It was 2014 when I first started emailing writing prompts to those who were interested in writing together with me and up to 2 other people in very small circles. We wrote, we wrote back to each other.

There was a conviviality.

If you want to experience it, I have already arranged the writing prompts and we are on our way with the first cohort.

My hope is that those who show up to share and write will care about tracing an arc of developing over some period of time. It’s up to you how long you want to be part of it, the fees are weekly, so we just go and then we go and you can join as long as I’m still going, or leave when you feel ready.

New cohorts are scheduled to start on the days highlighted above. So, Wednesdays, primarily, in July. Be a part of it. Application required. Find out more at this link:

http://kismuth.com/cojournal

Thanks!

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July start dates for the Cojournal

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Settled in for a good writing session this morning, here I am. The lovely morning unfolds in a cool way, the traffic’s still light, and it’s good. The mood is one of discovery. Serendipity and chance encounters used to be the way I found new things, but now it’s different. Pandemically adjusted, here I am. I got good news, yesterday, and am still glowing. Life is relaxed and cozy.

Writing the cojournal prompts for guests and friends who, over the years, have become my internet community, feels like a good agenda for me this morning. Be a part of it [$], here are details.

The Cojournal – A place to write with others

I’ll get started, then.

Working on the work, today.

 

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Cojournal 2024 | A new story begins

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The first prompt is ready to share. Be part of this season’s cojournal project when you apply and register [$].

Details are at: https://kismuth.com/cojournal/

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Cojournal | Writing is all rewriting

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At the beginning of February, I began writing in earnest on the theme of ‘Soft Skills’ for my weekly e-mag, S P A C E.

The stories were a mix of things, some of which were researched pieces from internet articles that then peppered up some personal commentary to add to them, which I felt comfortable sharing through the online space for the zine because I know everyone who subscribes, personally. I mean, you have a mini-mag with an esoteric name like S P A C E and you don’t go head to head with the likes of TIME. Wait.

Wait.

Some of my favorite stories in the series this time are Q&A interviews with HR experts. The titles of those issues of S P A C E are: S P A C E | ‘Is it an Employer’s Market, or an Employees?’ and S P A C E | ‘People Operations.’ You can find them in the shop.

Subscribe to ‘Soft Skills’

I can send you all the issues in the series if you subscribe to S P A C E.

To do that, here is a link.

http://chuffed.org/project/spacethezine

Thanks.

 

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April

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Philip Oroni

 

 

Soft Skills in the workplace, at home, and in the world

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Soft Skills

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Journal to reflect, and to get to know yourself better. See patterns, over time. You can, and maybe you already do. But what if you could share this journaling and reflection experience with others?

 

Writing for reflection

The Cojournal Project started in 2014. It’s me sending a weekly writing prompt, and then, us talking together about it, over email, in asynchronous and international conversations. There are no more than four people per circle. Several dozen people have taken part, over the years.

I feel this is useful and important for people who don’t know how to find time and space to ‘learn and grow’, in a way that isn’t prescribed like through a class or a course or something that is formal, and usually one-way (or top-down).

Personally, I love the conversations that meander, are informal, and sort of jazzy in style. We talk, and we riff, and something happens in that space. I feel that the beauty is the emergence that’s there to explore, and invite to come to the surface. Words are the notes to the music we make, together.

 

 


Making conversation spaces: in real life, online


Before covid, I used to host conversation roundtables like ‘Make: What is the creative process?’, ‘Origin: What is fromness?’ or ‘Beauty: What is it, who gets to decide?’, and maybe 100 or so, more. All around the world, wherever I was, I’d find people and invite them to convene and connect. Riga, Tokyo, Warsaw, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Oulu… Yes, a great deal of movement, pre-covid. (None, now. I’m quite stationary, and content, where I am).

Still, I recall these moments with a great deal of fondness. The people were amazing. It takes courage to ‘opt in’, I see that it’s harder and harder to do this, given the age we’re in. Many times I had highlights and even more times, it was completely a fail, lol, but that’s okay. That’s how you figure out how to make it better, redesign slightly, retest, keep going. Making conversation spaces that really get people inspired, not recording anything, and never sharing, after we leave, the contents are so personal, after all. That’s why there aren’t any pictures. I’m not keen on ‘marketing’ these things, showing off all the cool photos of all the cool people. That’s just not my style.

I loved meeting and connecting people with one another, before the pandemic. I loved experiencing the gatherings of us, in real life, to see each other, and to investigate and inquire. Even now the (few) people I know who wind up visiting cities in which others are whom I know, I will connect them. So they can meet. In the way I love: meaningful conversations, I’m certain, will come of these initiatives.

Now, though, I’m less inclined to make this effort to go and physically meet people in real life, and get them talking. It’s a lot of overhead.

So now it’s online. I send prompts to those who want to be part of the conversations (you’ll apply, then you’ll register to set up a weekly fee, and we go from there).

Asynchronous email conversations are my way of continuing to host dialogues that advance our ideas together and challenge us to dig a little deeper. Writing isn’t just publishing; it’s exploring, and discovering, too, I feel. Journeying in real life is this, too. The destination isn’t the point: it’s how fun it is, along the way, to move through the world and see what is out there for us to get to know, to understand. More and more, I see that Kismuth was never about publishing books, as much as inviting these kinds of curious, fun, light, and informal conversations. To happen.

 

“A journal is your completely unaltered voice.”
— Lucy Dacus

 

The Cojournal Project, then, is a chance for you to talk to me and others, through our weekly online prompt-led conversations. Who joins? Mostly, people I’ve met personally, as I’ve gotten to know and invite people to read my books in Kismuth, or talk together at conversation salons, or simply connect over the occasional group zoom call. I remember a time when serendipitous encounters were much more common and welcome than they seem to be today (in an era of too-much-info, too any new things can overwhelm). Let me curate this opening for your window into whatever’s next, whatever’s possible, by placing you into a circle with me and up to two others.

 


Journal with me and others: write, share, converse


We’ll meet there when we like, talk together, and expand on ideas that might have been blooming, but remained stuck, due to lack of freshness, inspiration, or a chance to simply share in a way that doesn’t judge and isn’t with people you already know. Originally that was my hope, to build a group of conversation spaces for us to semi-publicly connect (not a group, not a club, not a clique, and not a company). The differently-minded, meeting in the humble, casual, informal spaces I love to convene in, for Kismuth connections.

Be a part of it. Here’s an application form.

 

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Kismuth Connexions

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