How about a Wiki for storytelling? Wiki-novel: Progressive Storytelling and Modern Book-making

A group of authors meet together as would musicians and tell each other stories. They decide to collaborate on a writing project and figure that something like a Google Doc would work. One of the writers is also a programmer and she has an idea to write some code for a wiki-novel:

Each writer has a colored hyperlink.

Readers can click on links while reading and go into another facet of the narrative––a take from another author’s perspectives––and click on hyperlinks within that scene written by other writers in the group.

The wiki-novel is online for anyone to find and it gets serialized to subscribers. Every Friday they receive an email with story highlights and a link to the wiki-novel.

There are buttons created at the end of each section of the narrative so readers can say yes, this is cool; or I’m indifferent to this thread; or no, I don’t like this one (there’s also a comment thread allowing them fuller participation in the story).

The characters’ narrative develops as the authors follow each other––writing links and exploring storylines––and as they follow their readers. Even if readers just enjoy the story and pass on the yes/maybe/no vote and the opportunity to comment, there are analytics that show what links get the most click-throughs and the direction people are reading in the story. Continue reading

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Urban Farming in Portland: Growing Gardens, Sowing Circle, and Zenger Farm

The postman opens the gate without fear of the two dwarf goats. After he delivers mail at Seth and Kenya’s house, he stops to pet them. They’re not going to bite him. Goats don’t have any top front teeth; they use their lips to get leafy things into their mouths, and their tongue to get it around the molars. They can’t really chew on anything unless they get their back teeth on it. But, they don’t mow lawns; these cloven creatures transform your yard. There’s no grass. This is a paradigm shift from what people are used to in a lawn. Seth and Kenya are urban farmers who share a yard with their next-door neighbor, and together they have two goats, four ducks, and a seasonal variety of edible landscaping.

Animal Husbandry in the City: Raising Goats

“We’re teaming up with Growing Gardens to teach a goat raising workshop,” Kenya says. Growing Gardens provides resources for low-income people to grow organic food, eat healthy, and enjoy increased food security. They partner with community organizations and welcome volunteers and workshop participants to learn more about organic gardening, composting, cooking and food preservation.

“We keep female goats,” Kenya says. “Both goats are pregnant. Once they have the kids, we can start milking them, twice a day.”
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