Online Reflecting Pools: Online journaling tool for health and community

Just wanted to share a good use of broadband to encourage healing. Remember the early Internet joke, “No one out there knows you’re a dog” said by a dog browsing websites? This is a healthy spin – no one in these communities needs to know about you either. Project Lulu has created a space online for anonymous support of special interest groups who don’t necessarily need to share identities.

Project Lulu, based out of Duluth, is a nonprofit founded to cultivate creative expression by individuals and groups through in-person and online interaction. They created an online opportunities (Reflecting Pools) that combine private journaling with community, which is currently being used to support and foster good health.

Reflecting Pools provide a safe, quiet place for individuals to write, read and share among similarly situated people. These are online journaling groups with custom-tailored prompts and categories to support each group

They have had success, as reported in Minnesota Medicine. Normally I am a fan of transparency in online community groups, but applaud these health-related groups’ anonymous postings. The idea is that you can use the site for personal journaling and/or to post in closed community spaces. They recently supported more than 90 breast cancer survivors through Essentia Institute of Rural Health. Here’s a video created based on their experience…

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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