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Jonathan Harris is a Global Nomad

Después de dos años de trabajo, más de 145,000 líneas de código hmtl, una cabaña en Islandia, una noche en prisión, una porción de testículos de carnero con gelatina de carne de tiburón e infinitas tostadas de mermelada de naranja, en Diciembre de 2011 Jonathan Harris lanzó Cowbird.

Cowbird es una pequeña comunidad de storytellers, una plataforma que invita a las personas a dedicar más tiempo, ir un poco más allá, a moverse menos, más despacio. Es alimento para el alma, no comida rápida”.

Artista y programador formado en Princeton, Harris es conocido por proyectos como “We feel fine” o “Balloons of Buthan”: “El storytelling puede ayudarnos a poner algo de orden en el caos que asola nuestras experiencias actuales, empaquetándolas de manera que sean últiles, para uno mismo y para los demás”.

Harris cree en la tecnología, pero también cree que debemos humanizarla. Después de unirse a nuestro “Global Nomads Project”, –“A community of great people with better ideas“-, nuestra colaboradora en San Francisco, Elena Martínez-Moratalla, fue a hacerle una visita a Jonathan  Harris, para conocer más de cerca a este nuevo Global Nomad.

Jonathan y Elena, al sur de San Francisco.

Jonathan con sus Preventi shoes

Jonathan Harris en 42 palabras

El azul y el negro son mis colores favoritos. “Creo en la tecnología, pero también creo que debemos humanizarla”. Me gusta el sabor de un buen whisky Highland Park. Me siento en casa debajo del agua. “El storytelling puede ayudarnos a ordenar un poco toda esta experiencia actual, presetándola de tal forma que sea útil para ti y para los demás”. Nunca viajo sin mi cuaderno de notas. Me gusta el olor de los pinos. “Las personas en realidad nos parecemos mucho, pero nos cuesta darnos cuenta de ello”.

Lo mejor de la experiencia como speaker en TED fue cuando acabó mi presentación. “Es esa sensación de estar construyendo algo”. The Power of Myth es uno de mis libros favoritos. La belleza es para mí algo extraño, que uno no ha visto antes.Cowbird es una nueva plataforma de storytellers que busca animar a las personas a ir hacia delante, a moverse menos, más despacio”. El amor es lo que estoy buscando. Una canción es un poema con piernas, pero una web es un poema con alas. “Nuestras diferencias nos definen”.

El próximo lugar que me gustaría visitar es el espacio. Un sueño me mantiene despierto. Una palabra ninguna es capaz de igualar el silencio. Lo mejor de vivir en San Francisco es su apertura al futuro. “Trabajo para conseguirlo”.


… Are you a Global Nomad?

¡Cuéntanos tu historia!

Créditos: Elena Martinez-Moralla/Belén Torregrosa

After 2+ years of work, 145,000+ lines of code, one Icelandic grass hut, one night in jail, one serving of jellied ram’s testicles with fermented shark meat, and countless pieces of toast with orange marmalade, in December 2011 Jonathan Harris launched Cowbird, a community of storytellers focused on deeper, longer-lasting, more personal storytelling than you’re likely to find anywhere else on the Web.

“A witness to life”

Cowbird‘s short-term goal is to pioneer a new form of participatory journalism, grounded in the simple human stories behind major news events. In the long-term, they aim to build a public library of human experience — kind of like a Wikipedia for real life.

… Are you a global nomad? Elena Martinez-Moratalla, our contributor in San Francisco, spent a couple of hours with Jonathan Harris, who recently joined our Global Nomads Project, a community of great people with better ideas.

Jonathan Harris and Elena, south from San Francisco.

Jonathan Harris in 42 words

Blue and Black are my favourite colours. “I believe in technology, but I think we need to make it more human”. I like the taste of Highland Park scotch. I really feel at home underwater. “Storytelling can help us bring some order to the chaos of actual experience, packaging it in a way that is usable for yourself and for others”. I never travel without my sketchbook. I like the smell of pine trees. “People actually are very similar but have trouble seeing that”.

The best thing about the TED experience as a speaker was being finished with my talk. “Itʼs that feeling of building something”. “The Power of Myth” is one of my favourite books. Beauty means to you something strange that you have not seen before. Cowbird is a new platform for storytellers, asking people to move toward, longer, slower, less”. Love is what I am searching for. A song is a poem with legs, but a website is a poem with wings. “We define ourselves by our gaps” . The next place you would like to visit is outer space. A dream keeps me awake. A word cannot equal silence. The best part of living in San Francisco is its openness to the future. “This is what I work to do”.

… Are you a Global Nomad?

Tell us your story!

Credits: Elena Martinez-Moralla/Belén Torregrosa

After 2+ years of work, 145,000+ lines of code, one Icelandic grass hut, one night in jail, one serving of jellied ram’s testicles with fermented shark meat, and countless pieces of toast with orange marmalade, in December 2011 Jonathan Harris (USA, 1975) launched Cowbird, “a labor of love, and hopefully something that will have a long and meaningful life”.

“A witness to life”

Cowbird is a community of storytellers, focused on deeper, longer-lasting, more personal storytelling than you’re likely to find anywhere else on the Web.

Cowbird allows you to keep a beautiful audio-visual diary of your life and to collaborate with others in documenting the overarching “sagas” that shape our world today (starting with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Their short-term goal is to pioneer a new form of participatory journalism, grounded in the simple human stories behind major news events. In the long-term, they aim to build a public library of human experience — kind of like a Wikipedia for real life.

… Are you a global nomad? After joining Preventis’ Global Nomads Project, a community of great people with better ideas, our contributor in San Francisco Elena Martinez-Moratalla, went visiting Jonathan Harris.

Jonathan Harris with Elena, our contributor in San Francisco.

Jonathan Harris in 42 words

Blue and Black are my favourite colours. “I believe in technology, but I think we need to make it more human”. I like the taste of Highland Park scotch. I really feel at home underwater. “Storytelling can help us bring some order to the chaos of actual experience, packaging it in a way that is usable for yourself and for others”. I never travel without my sketchbook. I like the smell of pine trees. “People actually are very similar but have trouble seeing that”.

The best thing about the TED experience as a speaker was being finished with my talk.“Itʼs that feeling of building something”. “The Power of Myth” is one of my favourite books. Beauty means to you something strange that you have not seen before. “Cowbird is a new platform for storytellers, asking people to move toward, longer, slower, less”. Love is what I am searching for. A song is a poem with legs, but a website is a poem with wings. “We define ourselves by our gaps” . The next place you would like to visit is outer space. A dream keeps me awake. A word cannot equal silence. The best part of living in San Francisco is its openness to the future. “This is what I work to do”.

… Are you a Global Nomad?

Tell us your story!

Credits: Elena Martinez-Moralla/Belén Torregrosa

Credits: Elena Martinez-Moratalla/Belén Torregrosa

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