Reimagining learning, work, and play.

Summer 2021: We're researching (see Think Tank) and codifying our values.

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Plot Twisters is an online community of researchers, designers, and technologists creating oppportunities for self-reflection, especially for young people. We are growing a movement for self-motivated education and work, and empowering people to tell their own stories.

We see a huge problem: people of all ages lack freedom to engage with their personal narratives and social boundaries to make genuinely self-motivated decisions. Our systems fail to actively nurture our capacities for critical decision-making, self-reflection, and consent. This low regard for human agency starts at a young age in modern schooling and credentialization, then continues into labor institutions that reward select strengths. This problem perpetuates the systems of oppression in many humanitarian issues of today.

We want people to have agency over their own stories.

Plot Twisters is united by a core vision: a society where people have the freedom to tell their own stories, pursue their own curiosities, and make their own decisions. Our first step is to imagine tools that people could use to empower their senses of self. Over the last 18 months, we have been researching and developing tools for self-reflection, personal narrative building, and expressing emotions and needs.

We have skin in the game: we are imagining resources that we need for ourselves and our own communities. We believe change happens through one thousand small actions, and we're inspired by how, even through conflicts and misunderstandings, we've still been able to create deeply meaningful friendships and products with people so physically distant (many of us have never met in person!). We are gathering, organizing, and creating together to increase our collective imagination—the first step in visionary change.

We are in the research and development phase.

We're building up to the full launch of our digital self-reflection playground. Currently, most of our time is spent researching in our Think Tank and prototyping frameworks and experiences related to the following topics:

We're also creating role model reports, designing self-reflection activities, and mentoring students as they explore their strengths and values, in career and life. Everything we do

Our community officially launched in January 2020 in North America. Today, our team is spread over three continents and six timezones.

See our public Think Tank updates!

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Project Partners

The EMPOWER Lab

The EMPOWER Lab at the University of Georgia researches interpersonal and racial trauma. The EMPOWER Lab supports our team understanding of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and racial socialization. We support the EMPOWER Lab by developing the website and illustrations for their online psychoeducation experience for young people healing from racial trauma.
Visit The EMPOWER Lab

Let's Talk LD

Let's Talk LD gathers and trains educators dedicated to neurodiversity. Young neurodiverse students often lack access to resources for personal and professional development. We seek advice from their leadership as we build our personal storytelling tools. Our goal is to build with the needs of students with learning, social communication, and attentional differences in mind.
Visit Let's Talk LD

Media Enterprise Design Lab (MEDlab)

MEDlab at the University of Colorado Boulder researches how media-driven organizations govern themselves. In partnership with King's College London, MEDlab has formed a cohort of technologists, researchers, and community organizers to "excavate" methods for governing online communities. As an online organization, we are collaborating with others in the cohort to further develop our framework for interdependent learning and work.
Visit MEDlab: Excavations Cohort

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Our Summer 2021 team

Plot Twisters is a completely remote studio that works together digitally. We record product brainstorms in Figma and Notion, share resources on Slack, and discuss reflections about all of it on FaceTime and Zoom.

Jenny Liu Zhang

Playmaker San Francisco, USA

Cat Chang

Whelming Melbourne, Australia

Melissa Regalado

Idea Hamster Salt Lake City, USA

Amanda Curtis

Local Academic Oxford, UK

Isaac Gilles

Flourisher Washington D.C., USA

Joanna Shan

Always Learning San Francisco, USA

Shanna Finnigan

Making Stuff Los Angeles, USA

Karla Leung

Doodling Los Angeles, USA

Sanjana Galgalikar

Inspiration Gatherer Renton, USA

Nick Stares

Friendly Iconoclast San Francisco, USA

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Music by Kevin MacLeod.