Reflect. React Renew
Life's Biggest Questions. Answered by you.
-- by Tanya Schevitz
In an era where most reflection happens publicly in 140 characters or less, the 10Q project provides a private, deeper online forum for personal reflection beyond the waffles you had for breakfast.
Timed to coincide with the Jewish New Year, traditionally a time of introspection and self-reflection, 10Q is a unique project that, started today, will email participants of all backgrounds a question a day about the year that's past and the year to come. After the 10-day period, the answers are sent into a digital vault. A year later, the answers are returned to participants and the process begins again.
"Thanks to new technologies like texting and Twitter, people have more opportunities than ever to express themselves, but fewer than ever to express themselves well," said 10Q co-founder Ben Greenman, a New Yorker editor. "What 10Q wants people to do is what people should want to do for themselves -- to reflect on life without worrying about status updates."
Last Thursday, 10Q partnered with the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia on a roundtable discussion at the Museum on reflection. 10Q's Greenman moderated a panel including the Hebrew Mamita, Vanessa Hidary, and authors Charles London and Matthue Roth.
While the 10Q project is a reinvention of the ancient ritual of reflection between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and occurs during the Jewish High Holidays, it is intended for people of all backgrounds and has attracted participation of people of many denominations, including Catholics, Episcopalians, Buddhists and Muslims. The 10Q questions are about your place on the planet, and the planet's place within you.
And regrets are universal, so the events are intended for people to absolve themselves of everything from skipping services to that tweet you wish you never posted.