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Combine pictures, text, and sound to create a beautiful record of your human experience.
Cowbird was created by Jonathan Harris, an artist and computer scientist known for his projects — like We Feel Fine, The Whale Hunt, and I Love Your Work — that use technology to experiment with new forms of storytelling. In 2009, when Jonathan turned 30, he began a simple ritual of taking a photo and writing a short story each day, and posting them on the Internet each night before going to sleep. He called this project Today, and it ended up being the basis for Cowbird.
Cowbird took two years to build, and came to life at a series of art residencies in Iceland, Oregon, New Mexico, Vermont, and California. Cowbird launched on December 8, 2011 with hundreds of stories about the Occupy Wall Street movement, and a global community of storytellers soon sprung up around it. Cowbird received widespread media attention from places like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine, which named Cowbird one of the “50 Best Websites of 2012.” That same year, we decided not to accept outside investment money, so Cowbird could operate as a public service and maintain its independence.
Today, Cowbird continues to pursue its mission by providing a warm and welcoming environment for storytelling, which is home to a global community of storytellers. Cowbird is run by a small team, and is entirely supported by its Citizens — we’re grateful for their support.
P.O. Box 235
Shelburne, VT 05482