Cowbird is a global community of storytellers, interested in telling deeper, longer-lasting, more nourishing stories than you’re likely to find anywhere else on the Web. We are building a public library of human experience, so the knowledge and wisdom we accumulate as individuals may live on as part of the commons, available for this and future generations to look to for guidance. Cowbird was created over two years by Jonathan Harris
, and first launched in December, 2011. These 25 stories represent the very best of Cowbird during our first year of life. Culled from nearly 50,000 submissions, they stand out for their beauty, their depth and what they teach us about human life — and storytelling. With few exceptions, they are told by non-professional writers and photographers — ordinary people communicating their experience of life through words, images, and sound.