Starting the Conversation

Talking is hard!

Well talking, writing, and sharing opinions is hard for some. I, Shelton, include myself as one of those people that find it difficult to be heard at times.With so many ideas jumbled in my head, paired with a weird social anxiety to share them, I become paralyzed. I believe/know that I am not the only one. We all have thoughts to share and are afraid to share them. These ideas, morals, quirks, and beliefs make us all amazing individuals, yet so few people know about them. Sometimes our friends don’t know our obsession with black licorice. Yes, it’s a minor fact, but knowing someone’s favorite candy is a step in a more empathetic direction. Gathering and sharing this knowledge is what spurred the concept of Empathy Lab and it’s first Experimental Project. It is an exploratory effort at helping people understand each other.

So, how does Empathy Lab help the sharing, talking, and writing process? As mentioned before, the first Experimental Project is about asking people questions. Through a sister site + entity, qdqd.me,  we will be asking individuals 100 questions in 100 days, starting on January 1st 2017. qdqd stands for Quick Daily Question Delivery and by design, it will be delivering simple questions that hopefully require simple answers. It’s been positioned kind of like an awkward first date. The difference will be the gathering and distribution of this data. Share it with friends! Share it with us through the daily survey. Only those that participate in the surveys will get to see the results, and all results will be anonymous (not tied to a particular person’s name). Depending on the data gathered, personas (fictitious characters) could be created, infographics over time could be designed, who knows. As we move along, we will discover new questions to ask and novel ways to share answers. As an experimental project, qdqd will grow and become better over time.

With all that being said, enjoy the ride with qdqd.me. Check out Question 1 which was delivered on January 1st, 2017. Depending on when you read this, you might be a bit behind!

Enjoy the questions!

Shelton

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