The Cojournal Project is for those interested in making space for writing, together, in small circles of no more than 4. Why? Because it’s easy to write 1:N, on social media, but harder to cultivate, nurture, and grow a real relationship over time. One that progresses and changes, and builds on itself. I have personally enjoyed hosting more than a dozen of these small circles, for lengths of time ranging from two weeks to ten years; it’s the art of conversation that brings us together and inspires us to stay connected, nothing more, nothing less. Writing and loving writing helps, of course, and reflection as an important tool for each of us, individually, too. This matters as we build our next, post-pandemic communication channels, I feel, and opt into quality, over quantity. Personal opinion there.

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Reflective writing, and a small writing circle to share in

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Summertime greetings

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More about the project is here.

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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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Another cojournal. Another set of conversations. One week at a time, over email, in very small circles of 3-4. More info >

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Cojournal Project

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Listen to it at: https://dipikakohli.com/podcast/

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Podcast | ‘On Board’

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Simple things

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Join me and a few others in the Kismuth and S P A C E online conversation spaces for the new 12-week ‘MIRROR’ project. Reflection and writing. Together, in online forums and over email 1:1 with me.

How did this topic arise? I’m a fan of the Open Space method, which gets people together to talk about things that interest them.

Some titles from the last ten years that pop to mind as I reminisce on this include: Gather: What does it mean to have Community, Origin: ‘What is fromness?’, Rooftop Philosophy in Phnom Penh, Beauty: What is it? Who gets to decide?, Aether: Is the Medium Still the Message?, and you see what I mean? Quite esoteric, but it gets real and cool when we make time to show up, and talk, together, about what it is that intrigues and invites those who might not know one another to discover together on a theme. Dialogue is that style that has a center and not sides, for me, when I host these things.

The one that I had held last week in virtual space was themed ‘A Change of Perspective.’ Through a series of fascinating exchanges, I got to see that there is an even more specific topic we could zero in on. True to Open Space style, I’ve allocated another spot to dive deeper into this topic. It is ‘A World Apart.’

Asing questions: An online reflection space for the very curious

Some of us are far, far away from what we thought we knew, and are on the road ‘indefinitely.’ In these places, on these journeys, we meet and talk. Sometimes we share. I’m looing forward to the next set of online conversations for this series, and I invite you to be part of the Cojournal, ‘A World Apart,’ if you are interested in engaging with us in a written way. That’s also a way to discover, and co-discover, what we don’t know.

Apply at this link…

http://dipikakohli.com/apply

 

Participation fees start at USD10/week, (USD7/week for returning guests.)

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The Mirror | ‘A World Apart’

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$5


Thanks for following this blog. There are a few people who have asked me to keep writing it, so here I am.

Additionally, these days I’ve been writing a monthly column. It’s called Kismuth & The Way II. If you know about this column and you know about Kismuth and you are reading here, thank you. I wanted to share this issue before it gets published next month, for some people who might enjoy it and want to get it first. Perhaps that’s you? Welcome.  I invite you to read ‘Pathways.’ It’s a short PDF, and it’s in the S P A C E shop. It’s $5.

Here is a link.

https://designkompany.gumroad.com/l/dupvc


 

Writing is all rewriting, and so on, and so forth


For context, see this post at my personal site, too. I’ve been making the weekly e-mag S P A C E since 2017.

Pathways

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Kismuth & The Way

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On beauty

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This is the last week of exploring #softskills in the e-mag S P A C E. Things will change thematically in the summer. I’m going to talk about ‘A Change of Perspective.’ You might be wondering why anyone would make a magazine for themselves to focus on topics and write about them in a series. I was told by KT, an artist I admire and respect, that I create ‘collections’, and I couldn’t agree more. After he pointed it out, I stopped writing personal memoirs for Kismuth and though about what kind of collections I could create, instead. Some of the seasons of S P A C E I recall with great affinity have titles like, ‘In the Vernacular,’ ‘Autumn Leaves,’ and ‘A Philosophy of the Moment.’ Going to places, seeing what I might find, running into people, going out of my comfort zone, looking into the new, and packing what I heard, saw, felt, and discovered into a 16-page zine every week was a satisfying way to process as well as create an artefact, too.

I think all this exploration has helped me refine my communciation skills quite a bit, given that there were so many cross-cultural contexts (Finland, Denmark, Viet Nam, Malaysia, etc). You had to be on your toes and read the air and follow the rules. You had to listen. You couldn’t learn without doing those things. I was taught, in schools in the United States, that the thing to do is assert your point of view (loudly, sometimes aggressively), but this does not work in most places I found myself looking for the stories, over in Southeast Asia and Northern Europe – quiet does, however, and it’s the quiet that I like to write about a lot for Kismuth, now. See Into the Quiet, for example.

The zines in S P A C E are a documentation of the human connexions I took care to note; these were formed through multi-layered conversations with just a handful, in each place. It takes time to build rapport and trust, and I take that time to do it, when I am making S P A C E issues because they have to be genuine, honest, and reported from a place of having done one’s homework to understand. Deeply, not superfcially. So it was, and so it is, to me, to this day as well.  Discover more about S P A C E, how to subscribe to get it, and how to be part of the ongoing conversations, too.

See you this summer for S P A C E | Summer 2024, ‘A Change of Perspective.’

Here is a link.

http://chuffed.org/project/spacethezine

Thanks.

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Communication skills

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