NEW! EP Charity Book Project! Nominate Stories To Be Featured.

Millions of experiences and stories have been shared on EP from members around the world, which have brought comfort, love, hope and a sense of empowerment and inspiration to many.

EP for the 1st time will be compiling a book of select stories, with 100% of proceeds going to charity!

Working with members of our community we can touch more lives through powerful stories while bringing needed aid and support to wonderful causes.

***Participation is of course optional. 

If you'd like to nominate a story to be featured (either yours or another members) one that can inspire, bring hope or comfort to others, please send a story link to help@experienceproject.com with SUBJECT LINE: EP Book

We'll be posting updates about the book and selected charity in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, nominate the stories you love: help@experienceproject.com

Looking forward to reading your submissions!

UPDATE:  To be clear we will never publish member stories without their permission.  EP has been a comfortable space for people share openly and express themselves--and we would never do anything to jeopardize the trust our members have.  Even when someone nominates a specific story because it has positively impacted their lives, we then reach out the the author to see if they're interested in having that specific story featured in the book.  We'll never publish without the author's permission. Participation in the charity book is completely optional, and every member who chooses to participate will maintain the same level of anonymity in the book that they have on EP.
EPArsineh EPArsineh
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I just want the site and app back tbh.

Hello there,
After quite a warning about some of my posts, I thought I would have a look at many of you whose EP names start with EP. And I found this thread. This may be as good as any EP place for posting the following.
I am trying to help a you Filipino friend and wonder how I can find out if there are any EP members in the Philippines.

Anyway, thank you EP, for being here.
Peter

watch out when this friend starts to talk the need for money from you.there is a lot of scams like that.

Daniel,
Thank you for that. Yes, I am very aware, and I know how clever the cyber crooks are. But, every now and again something or someone has "the ring of truth" about them, and I believe that this is such a case.
I simply cannot go into detail here. But, thank you all the same. Such warnings are always timely. Western Union makes it quite clear.
Peter

do not know why the comments keep coming.as only story's from people that said yes ,to being used were done.i do not see what the trouble is.

Well, I joined this website to express my private thoughts, but our stories, confessions, etc are on google. Where is our privacy? I would love to do charity work; however, not this way. Sorry. I wont recommend any story either from me or from my circle of friends.

I am starting to find Facebook more engaging than the Project.For one thing they do not keep changing the format every five minutes,now I find I can no longer embed videos, the page will not accept them, the other day I wrote a long story,it would not post,I did not have the time nor the energy to write it all over again not knowing if it would not post again, the old format worked perfectly well, why do they have to keep changing things? it is so discouraging and frustrating.And also you get more response on Facebook than on the Project,here people watch and read your stories but do not respond nor rate them,that too is rather discouraging.

berangere, you're not alone. I'm using FB more these days too.

The terms and conditions of EP states ANY info on the site becomes property of EP.So you DO NOT need permission to post any story.Of course you could remove that term and condition,but you won't.You don't even reply back to messages.

I like to help others through my own experiences, but I sure would not want my anonymous posts to be published!

I really like this website although, it could do with some modifications to make it future proofed although this not a criticism but an acknowledgement.

In principle, this is a laudable project but a little flawed I think. Were I to be involved, I would want to collaborate with the Editors to ensure that my words were not misconstrued and retained my anonymity.

There's a lot of excellent stuff on EP, but I'm firmly of the opinion that it was written for consumption by only those in the EP bubble.

What might be better would be to select volunteers to write something specifically for this book. If that's a rework of a piece posted here originally, so much the better!

Thankyou

I would like to be nominated. My featured story is what I would like to nominate. I emailed already. Thanks for your support.

As I read through these comments I realize there is no hope for humanity.
They have said repeatedly, they will not add your story to the book unless you want it there. To everyone freaking out about your privacy, please tell me you realize that anyone with an Internet connection can already read your private thoughts, that is why you published here. **sigh** idiots

And i want house on Mars..so?

Dont post my stories either . Seen like its not a good idea. Sorry

publish any of mine.

Arsineh, can you kindly give us more information about the charity (ies) EP would be supporting? I think that would be a factor for a lot of people too.

as you can read a number of people do not like this .so would it not be better just to pick the story's from the profile of people that have said yes.

How about: http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Have-A-Prediction/2853113
It was written Jan 6th & so many are so true.

I think you should contact the member who has interested story.

I would not be comfortable with putting my trust into this endeavor when EP cannot even maintain a consistent website for more than a few weeks at a time. I am glad it is optional (and remains this way).

You can use my experiences or confessions if you want to

I would like to nominate some of my stories but at the moment my mind is blank so I will let you know which ones soon.

James

Here are some stories for consideration. Thanks

http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Had-A-New-Awareness/1019688

the is real good to move this website to a higher level.

really good idea

no problems choised what is good for you

The point of me writing on EP is in the hope of someone reading my stories, hearing and understanding me. Hoping that someone somewhere will hear my words and put a physical effort to help make a difference in my life. This is my way of asking for help. It's not okay with me, for someone to make a profit of my writing. Even if it's for charity. I'm in financial need my self. If something I wrote is good enough to be published in a book, I need to be the one who profit from it.

you want to use the peoples stories to glorify your name! No!

Because this has EVERYTHING to do with glorifying EP's name, and NOTHING to do with the money going toward charity, or sharing heartwarming stories that people might like to read. Of course, that makes perfect sense.

Yes, please enclose my stories

Sure take any of my erotic stories! Making people *** when they read them is super hot!!

It's kind of scary to know one of my stories might be in a book. Then again i doubt it would with all of these stories and stuff but uhm heck take all my experiences and stories. Do whatever helps.

Hi--Shouldn't be scary and I won't to clear up the confusion that might be making the process seem scary. Having your story featured among other uplifting and inspiring stories is completely optional.

In fact this is an EP Book, it's not going into someone else's hands. You'll also get the same level of anonymity you have on EP. We won't be sharing your name or any other information. Instead, just stories that are already public and available on the web.

So we write these stories, give them to you for free, then we don't even get our names ut on them? So we get no credit for our writing at all? I'm out.

The focus is supposed to be on the story, not the writer. The entire idea of anonymity isn't always just privacy, it's that there are experiences in this world that you aren't alone in experiencing; it could be ANYONE out there that has shared that same experience, or a similar one. It's one thing to write a novel for profit with your name on the cover. It's another thing entirely to ask for credit on a project where your identity should have no place, and to ask for personal recognition is just selfish.

ok, i am ready to agree with you. But please inform me about the story to be published

You want to opt out, opt out. Simple as that. No one is twisting your words, OR your arm.

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Pardon me if I don't trust EP powers that be to pick a real Charity and/or make sure the proceeds are properly dispensed; but I have been paying attention in the past year and a half. Your organization can barely stay afloat according to your constant reminders about how badly EP needs funds, and can not even afford its active members ancient internet instant messaging for free. So count me out.

If I get my stories published I will do so myself and the Charity fund will be real - My sons' College Fund and it will receive 100% of the proceeds.

Me thinks they don't know what they are doing half the time which is why I back up my stories anticipating a day when I will pull them all off to be only truly mine again. I hate the thought of that but EP no longer strikes me as a charitable type organization which I believe is how it started.

I still love using EP because reading and writing are one of my passions. The feedback from my circle is invaluable. But yes it has changed and though I want to remain on EP - I want to keep my stories as I said above because I am too poor to even buy chat here and now EP is asking me to donate my talent to some unknown charity??? I think not.

I agree with you completely I have met incredible people on EP and they keep me coming back as much as the forum.

a story of our ...lifes in one book ! wow thats shiny

Sure

take it all, helping people indirectly is still good

okay :3

I'm in. Take what you like.

I don't want my stories to be in the book

No problem. We won't include your stories. In fact we won't include any member's story unless they tell us they're interested.

Iwold feel honored if you looked at this story of mine:

http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/My-First-Toastmasters-Icebreaker-Speech---Public-Speaking/3459368

I can make edits as well.

I am not sure exactly what you want. Most of my stories are of a personal nature and not polished like the one above is. But I would be willing to polish any that you think have the seed of what you are looking for. So feel free to look at any of them. I am a good writer but I have just used this site to usually just spill my feelings like a journal entry rather than writing to attract and inspire an audience. My motto was if people could see what I have been through or am going through as I am going through it without he cloak of fancy or beautiful language than they would be able to relate. I usually get a lot of reads but rarely any comments.

sorry I misunderstood. I thought you were looking for stories we had already written on here and put up.

Yes--We're asking members to let us know about great stories already shared on EP. Thanks for sharing the link above!

Sounds promising....what charity?

I
Want to submit mine which is my featured story but the email address has nothing to do with a charitable venture...???!!!

Thanks for the update, anonymity is very important for me. If I were comfortable sharing my inner thoughts, I'd be sharing on another site altogether. Thanks for understanding.

We respect our members and understand that for many the anonymity that EP offers helps them express themselves.

I want to clear up some confusion that might be making the process seem scary. Having your story featured among other uplifting and inspiring stories is completely optional.

Also, this is an EP Book, which means the same staff that manages the site will manage the book and will protect our members in the same way. You'll receive the same level of anonymity you have on EP. We won't be sharing your name or any other information. Instead, just stories that are already public and available on the web will appear in the book and again that's only when we have the authors permission.

It's a great idea. But my stories are very intimate nature. And I do not like to see them published in a book. It may be silly of me, but unfortunately it is what I feel right now. Thanks and good luck with this project. Although I do not want to participate, I sincerely hope the right.

Do we email it??

Sent some, please let me know even if they are rejected

leave me OUT plz!! I don't want anyone figuring out about me!!

Then why are you on this site

by anyone I mean my parents who will buy stuff like this (I don't know why) and my cousin who heard about this yesterday, and lead me to it, he says he wants to get it if it comes out. I hate it when they chastise me about the groups I've joined or the experiences I've wrote (going to add more later this week).

Endless judgement from others in our lives is excruciating. Completely understand.

I think this is a really good ideal

good idea

To be clear we will never publish member stories without their permission. EP has been a comfortable space for people share openly and express themselves--and we would never do anything to jeopardize the trust our members have. Even when someone nominates a specific story because it positively impacted their lives, we then reach out the the author to see if they're interested in having that specific story featured in the book. We'll never publish without the author's permission.

Participation in the charity book we're working on is completely optional, and every member who chooses to participate will maintain the same level of anonymity in the book that they have on EP.

Is that an email address? help.experienceproject.com

Thanks for pointing this out.

The email address is help@experienceproject.com

I would like to say that it is a great way to give an help make a difference in this world . Thank you for this site , it has helped me out a lot . The stories that I write about are true , an some are hard to write cause they are from my past life of pain problems , I'm ok . I would be great if any of my stories were used , It would be a Blessing if they were used to hopefully help in any kind of way . Keep up the good work . Please inform me if you would like to use any stories or I would share . THANK YOU...

Thank you for taking the time to share this note. We're happy EP and the members and stories they've shared have made a positive impact on you. If you have a specific story that you think will help others, please send us a link to your post at help@experienceproject.com

What kind of story? I have a few stories, one I am thinking of in particular but I don't know if it would be insirational, but more about my experience with something I have to cope with. I'd have to update it a bit since I wrote it five years ago, but it's one of my many popular stories on here.

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Yay!

Thank you, Arsineh! Have a fab saturday where the party is on our life!

Just dont publish my stories!!!!

No problem. Having your story featured among other stories that are inspiring / uplifting is entirely optional.

Though everyone in the book maintain the same level on anonymity they have on EP, we only include stories when their authors express interest in having them shared.

No problem. Having your story featured among other stories that are inspiring / uplifting is entirely optional.

Though everyone in the book maintain the same level on anonymity they have on EP, we only include stories when their authors express interest in having them shared.

Good Idea :)

Funny but i guess it takes more than couple of stories to write a book.

Cool.

use any of my story's you want.just pick them .

It's wonderful that you're interested in sharing. Because we've been receiving hundreds of submissions from members who are interested in having their story featured and helping others though their words-- it would help us if you picked 1 or 2 stories that you're most passionate about and that you think will be most helpful to others.

Please send links to those stories to help@experienceproject.com

just go on my profile and look at my story's i have done there is 196 on history and science and jokes and i am the words oldest living male virgin at 61 and many other story's i do not know the story's you want.so the best way is pick the story's you want. you can use any of them .

What a lovely idea.... I will search out nominations.... :)

I would love to write a book

I guess that's one way to get attention. Seriously though, just be careful on what to pick, guys, some people don't want to appear in a book, while others really do.

Makes sense Curious, that why it's entirely optional and we will always get an author's permission before using their story.

Sure but i know which type charity

I do not give my consent for anyone to use my writings for any reason. Please respect my choice and do not use them. Thank you

you gave your consent when you signed up and posted them check the terms

sure, but not for it to be used in a book.

i guess you still didn't read the terms
'If you do post content or submit material, and unless we indicate otherwise, you grant Experience Project and its affiliates a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such content throughout the world in any media. '

Also make sure your work is worth nicking.... ha ha

Exactly!

thanks you.

thank*

Exactly. Participation in the book is entirely optional. Nominating only brings EP Staffs attention to a great story, but we won't include it in the book until we talk to the author and they're excited to have it featured.

We won't include a story regardless of how many times it's nominated if the author isn't interested.

Signing up to a website doesn't mean that international copyright laws can be breached

thank you.

i only wrote one thing but i plan on writing more stuff. i dont claim to be a writer or a good one for that matter but i dont want someone to use my writings.

Participation in the book is entirely optional. Nominating only brings EP Staffs attention to a great story, but we won't include it in the book until we talk to the author and they're excited to have it featured.

We won't include a story regardless of how many times it's nominated if the author isn't interested.

No worries. Participating is entirely optional so we won't include any of your stories unless we hear otherwise from you.

Nominating only brings EP Staffs attention to a great story, but we won't include it in the book until we talk to the author and they're excited to have it featured.

We won't include a story regardless of how many times it's nominated if the author isn't interested.

Members who do share, get the same level of anonymity you have on EP. We won't be sharing your name or any other information. Instead, just stories that are already public and available on the web.

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Anyone that puts a story in writing on the internet, has given that story to the public. If you don't want yours published, don't put it out there! This is a venue for voyeurs that don't have enough action in their life, or are married. I'm not married, but am a bit of a voyeur, and get a rush reading what others are doing, or thinking. Long live the internet!!

I could only think of only one of my stories that may seem fitting for this endeaver.

EP is welcome to use the story about how I overcame shyness.
http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Was-Once-Incrediably-Shy/883693

What a nice idea!

It is a great idea to reach out to people who are not as fortunate to have access to this and to reach out to people are not sure what to do with certain situations in their lives. Even though people are against this that is okay since it is their opinion but the article does say OPTIONAL.

What kind of stories? Are they only inspirational ones? I wouldn't mind sharing one of my mine, but it wouldn't fall under the category of inspirational. It's something I struggle with day to day.

haha.. so they were right. You guys really did sell our stories before? :D

I don't know. I think that can potentially violate privacy of many people. This is a safe place to share, but if some other people will get to chose for a story to be published, it will be a serious violation of privacy

That is a very good point.

I'm sure they'll let the person their story was chosen and ask for their consent. At least that is what I am hoping.

awesome

Love this maybe a movie next

Love is always the better option in any war.

I do wonder why we have to go outside and email them to you when we could send them through EP

Wonderfully idea. There are many stories I have read that can really change my perspective on things. Several posts on here are inspiring and life changing. It's time to share these stories with the less fortunate. Give hope to the hopeless.

This is a great way to impact the world. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm so pleased to hear that EP is taking the time and effort to publish a book filled with, what I imagine to be, inspirational stories for everyone to read.

For all the naysayers out there, I'd like to point out the obvious which many people have already commented here. Everything you have posted on Experience Project, or for that matter, any where on the internet, is almost always available for public viewing (i.e. you have given up any rights of preserving the information). You should be thankful that EP plans on seeking permission from authors before publishing their stories. Legally, EP owns everything you have posted, including your username, so if they want, they can create a book, make a tv show, a movie, a radio podcast, anything they like without having to seek permission. Instead of getting all angry and discouraged about what's posted here, take the time to peacefully read what they've said, and politely decline if approached.

This is a fantastic initiative by EP. Great job guys! I hope to see this soon, with hopes that a story I have written or nominated will be published! Btw: are there plans to publish an online pdf version of the book once compiled? I know that EP itself is an online version of a really big experience book, but being able to download the compiled book will extend its reach to many more people around the world.

Making a book of stories written by members would be a good idea.Some stories are breathtakingly beautiful and insightful.And should be read by many.I think it is a good idea and I do not see any harm in it.

I did not right this why the **** did it say I wrote this I woudl never take the time to write all that crap!

Good god some of you are pompous and self absorbed. Yet you here you all still are ... ******* and moaning about this site that ****** you off so much.

Folks could be carrying water to starving babies in the desert and you'd be cryin conspiracy. Here's a thought - Don't let the door hit ya where your good lord split ya.

Here's a thought.EP is a site for people to express themselves.

So they can say whatever they like. Look at me, I'm a fat 20-something and there are people in certain groups who appreciate this greatly.

I don't know what that means!

bite me!

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I think it's another avenue to help open minds and views and perspective . I write from the heart and so some of. My stories are just that, and some because thery are true are funny just like life! I would be proud if anything I have shared brings comfort or laughter to another. :> )

WHY DO YOU NEED OUR PERMISSION TO USE OUR STORIES WHEN THE TERMS AND AGREEMENTS SAY YOU CAN WITHOUT IT?????????????????

Perhaps giving you the opportunity to take it down. I took one of my poems down. But there are several others there.

I do not need your permission for anything

what r u talking about

Nude Avatars are not permitted. Though I report the users they remain. Can you tell me why or are we adding THIS to the book?

I have no inking what u r talking about

Is EP Armen the charity?

Why not donate money you get from paying members to causes? Why must we have stories to go with the donation?

You mean the money they get from all the ads on here?

I agree.The way EP listens to it's users is awful! A rock could do a better job.

No wouldn't like to take part in this! I clicked message that I received and it says my story been updated I hope I haven't nominated one

i do not agree with this i to think this is a bad idea not everyone wants their story shared that far

i'm sure they will ask your permission first if your stories are chosen

Your expectation of privacy leaves you open to a serious let down. If it's on the net, it's public domain. A researcher, with permission of a board of ethics, can use your stories as s/he sees fit (usually citing your screen name and never publishing as their own material). We are truly naïve if we believe that anything we post on the internet is "private".

Am I the only one who thinks this is horseshit?

But, at least the site gets harder to use by the day.

I'm confused. Why is this bad?

I do not understand why you are so angry LadyGypsy you are unnecessarily angry

1genie is says participation is OPTIONAL, do you understand english?

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very cool

I like this idea.