Sunday, January 23, 2011

SoulPancake - Creative Website Community from Rainn Wilson

SoulPancake: Chew on Life's Big QuestionsSoulPancake is, by far, the most unique, creative, philosophical and engaging website I have ever seen. Created by Rainn Wilson (The Office) and his son Walter, "SoulPancake is a place to speak your mind, unload your questions, and figure out what it means to be human."

SoulPancake is a community. While you can visit and just read, it is meant to be a place of sharing. There are four major areas where thoughts are explored. In each area, somedbody begins with a post that kickstarts the discussion and then others reply:

1. Life's Big Questions - Questions include - Do Tourists kill culture?, When have you been happy to take second place? and What's the difference between charity and genuine service?

2. Creative Challenges - Examples include - Prove the (Non)Existence of God, What would your bumper sticker say about you? and Absolve yourself, write about the guiltiest moment of your life.

3. Life's Little Lists - All ask you to list 3 things, such as - List 3 rituals that set you apart from the rest, List 3 moments in history that fascinate you, and Single out 3 moments when you love solitude.

4. Explorations - A variety of ideas including - If evil was in your face, would you be ready to face it?, How has the Internet affected your view of modern poetry and When was the last time you ventured outside of your comfort zone? What happened?

If you are creative, love to write and think about issues, you will love SoulPancake. Even if that does not describe you, check it out. The best description of the website comes from Rainn Wilson himself on the What is SoulPancake web page. After you watch the short video, read what he says below. It is funny, entertaining and will describe why he created SoulPancake. And make sure you check out the SoulPancake blog, Agile Batter.

If you would like some SoulPancake to go, a book was recently spun off from the website. SoulPancake: Chew on Life's Big Questions which  includes 180 of life's big questions, visual masterpieces from over 90 artists, activities, commentary and an introduction by Rainn Wilson.

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