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The 1000/1001 journals project - an ongoing collaborative global experiment

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  • For those of you who didn’t see the recent SBS doco, The 1000 Journals Project is an ongoing collaborative experiment attempting to follow 1000 journals throughout their travels. The goal is to provide a method for interaction and shared creativity among friends and strangers.

    The project officially launched in August of 2000, with the release of the first 100 journals in San Francisco. It was started by ‘some guy’ who gave them to friends, and left them at bars, cafes, and on park benches. Shortly thereafter, people began emailing him, asking if they could participate. So he started sending journals to folks, allowing them to share with friends, or strangers.

    Those who find the journals add something to them. A story, drawing, photograph, anything really. Then they pass the journal along, to a friend or stranger, and the adventure continues.


    Unfortunately, you've got a better chance of winning the lottery, then of getting a hold of a journal. That's the problem when there are only 1000 of them. So, in response to the ever growing experiment ‘some guy’ launched a 1001 journals offering individuals/groups the opportunity to start their own journal, be it ‘personal’ (their own), ‘travelling’ (sent by mail, globally, to a list of signed up participants) or ‘location’ (based in one public location only, eg. a coffee shop or bookstore.

    Along the journey, pages of the journal are scanned into the 1001journals website, and shared with a global audience.

    Bird has started a journal, and would love all our creative tweets around the world to contribute to this Bird journal. I’m interested in sharing info, ideas and inspiration on the theme of sustainable design. I LOVE how 1000 and 1001 journals are all about global community and interconnectiveness …. but in a way that combines both current social media, and old skool methodologies.

    I’m fascinated to know your thoughts and ideas.

    If you would like to receive, and add to the Bird journal please sign up here. :)


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    References: www.1000journals.com
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