We are an online EdTech organization bound by a common motivation to practice personal storytelling and emotionally literate communication. Conceived in late 2018 by founder Jenny Liu Zhang as her undergraduate thesis, the name "Plot Twisters" comes from the idea that all of us go through "plot twists," or challenges and conflicts as we navigate life, and that a little emotional regulation, awareness of our thoughts, and understanding of our values can go a long way. "Plot Twisters" was henceforth born to be a movement to bring about tools and practices that nurture us to better understand ourselves, tell our stories, and build our journeys toward wellbeing.
In 2020, we officially took form as a co-design collective and have been developing case studies in topics like social-emotional learning, identity building, and trauma-informed therapy to build up to the launch of the Plot Twisters game world. Our team members bring insights from diverse walks of life, neurotypes, and backgrounds: we are user experience researchers, artists, software engineers, pedagogy designers, writers, psychologists, community organizers, and information scientists. Driven by a vision of a society in which people are free to learn, work, and play based on their intrinsic motivation, we see the need for regular self-reflection. The Plot Twisters game world will be one digital destination where our members and the general public can come to document our life stories, connect dots between our curiosities and values, explore our decision-making models, and foster sustainable relationships with each other.
We see a huge problem: people of all ages lack freedom to engage with their personal and social narratives to make genuinely self-motivated decisions. Our education and labor systems frequently fail to nurture our capacities for critical decision-making, self-awareness, and consent. This starts at a young age in modern schooling and credentialization, then continues into labor institutions that reward select strengths like obedience. This problem perpetuates the systems of domination in many humanitarian issues of today.
Organizationally, Plot Twisters moves away from demanding top-down authority and toward creativity guided by our interests. As we create Plot Twisters, we are simultaneously building our own methods for consensual, co-creative dialogue, using our own tools to communicate with each other, negotiate expectations, and advocate for our needs, all in the spirit of playful storytelling. Our projects thus far have been informed and guided by a culture of open and emotionally literate communication, and we operate as a transparent and strengths-focused mutual aid organization when we have members in physical, financial, or emotional need.
Today, we are a close-knit community of 20+ people from all over the world, with Jenny serving as the Founder and Managing Director and Cat Chang as the Head of Design Research. If you are interested in joining our community, feel free to reach out and tell us more about yourself.
Plot Twisters is a completely remote community that meets online. Some active members may not be featured publicly.
Plot Twisters is grateful to our past members and advisors for wisdom, resources, and enthusiasm:
Plot Twisters is interested in your ideas about learning, work, and play.