Posted on December 8, 2011 Under Life


My friend Jonathan Harris never ceases to amaze me. He’s one of the most thoughtful and talented people in the world. His latest project Cowbird has an audacious goal- in his word, to become the public library of human experience, kind of like a Wikipedia for real life (but much more beautiful).

How are they going to get there? They’re pioneering a new form of participatory journalism rooted in simple human stories.


The site is organized into Sagas, Stories and Diaries, and the slogan says it best: To be a witness to life.

Above is the Saga of Occupy Wall Street, and specifically Jonathan’s story about being arrested at Occupy Oakland.

It’s easy to submit and organize your own story or saga.  They can be in any form of media.  On the site now the mix and sheer breadth of documented experiences is fascinating to see.


Within the profile of a user, you can see that a specific person’s (in this case Jonathan’s) appearances in different sagas, their own stories, and their relationships.  It’s a little social-network like, but it’s what happens in your life that ties you to other people.

The organization is incredible, and I would expect nothing less from Jonathan!

Check it out and share your own story!