poeticthinking.net is a creativity platform. Originated at Stanford University it aims foremost at educational institutions, yet it principles can be applied to any online community of creators and learners. Committed to equality, inclusion, and respect by and for all its users, it encourages the sharing and debating of original work, be it academic or artistic. Based at Stanford University’s Poetic Media Lab since 2015, poeticthinking.net is used in Stanford courses.

For more on the philosophy behind Poetic Thinking, see Poetic Thinking Today, out now from Stanford University Press: https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=31126

Developed with a team of students at the Poetic Media Lab and first presented in my book Poetic Thinking Today, poeticthinking.net continues to evolve, building on experience and drawing on similar platforms. Users of poeticthinking.net are encouraged to see themselves as equal members of a community of creators and learners. Once they sign up for a course site, they can begin sharing their work by posting their textual, visual, and audible contributions. They can also comment on works of other participants by offering remarks, questions, further viewings or readings, and more. Participants in the various creating and learning communities of poeticthinking.net are encouraged to see themselves as active contributors to whichever artwork they view, read or listen to. Active in shaping the worlds they inhabit, they are now no longer the mere passive recipients of inherited knowledge, historical wisdom, or past artistic modes of expression  

Poeticthinking.net is dedicated to Hannah Arendt’s notions of “thinking without banister,” that is to the human activity of unhindered personal reflection, as well as on her idea of a free and critical public sphere in which humans are gathered together in an open exchange, without “falling over each other.” Without prioritizing nor distinguishing among ‘critical’ versus ‘creative’ contributions, poeticthinking.net promotes the idea that just as a book, an article, or a learned lecture advances human thought, so does a poem, a painting, a photograph, a museum installation, a vlog, and so forth.

Mindful of the privacy of its users, this generally accessible homepage allows access only to a selection of posts from poeticthinking.net that are displayed in the Post Samples section of this site. In the Courses section, one can observe a few examples which display what active Poetic Thinking sites may look like.

Amir Eshel