Amazing/True Stories of Openness

Call for Stories

My latest and previous iterations of me pleading for you to share a story, this time as an appeal for Open Education Week 2020. Has my pitch gotten any better?

This is also a demonstration that one can now provide stories (still want video) in a tweet, with let me know by mention (@cogdog) or better, use the link for the tweet in the story below.

(Note the trick above so I could show some screens was using QuickTIme Recorder to show me talking and then a switch to some screens, this is low budget video!)

Share a Story?

What kind of stories do I want? Yours! Anything that has happened unexpectedly because of sharing or connections made online, everything from from spreading sunflower seeds to tweeting leading to a conference gig in Hollywood to learning to play guitar from 13 year old kids to a shared OER in South Africa being published in a Spanish academic journal.

I have the obligatory “About” page, but better for you to explore the 111 already on this site– or just see what happens when you watch one chosen at random.

It’s been a while since I have put out a call, but Open Education Week for 2020 seems timely. Well, it’s always a good time for a story.

Just make a video, post it online , and enter details below with the link where I can find your video. I can add any video that can be embedded, not just YouTube, but also vimeo, etc. Tweet it with the video included (please mention @cogdog so I can know it or share the link to the tweet in the form below. Or scribble it on a napkin, tie it to the leg of a carrier pigeon, fax it, post it in the mail in a plain brown envelope… just send my way.

A few suggestions– be natural. And make it short if possible; 1-3 minutes is a good length (a suggestion not a rule), we do not need every detail, especially if you can provide any links for more information. But there is no time limit. Do not recite it like a book report or tell us the end first- for a great example how to structure a story (and a great story) see Jess McCulluch’s I Share Therefore I Go to Hollywood.

Do it in one take sitting in your car or while walking your dogs.

Think of it like a movie trailer. Build a bit of suspense. For structure, take a look at the story spine approach used by Pixar based on the original concept of Kenn Adams.

So bookmark this page, go make a video, upload, it and please return to share it or go directly to the form. I cannot promise anything amazing will happen, but I’d like to think it bumps up your potential serendipitous energy levels! And it will make me overjoyed.