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Competition: Nritya Shakti Tour 2016

April 21, 2016

Last week, we partnered with Shakti Mohan to celebrate the power of dance for her Nritya Shakti Tour 2016!

Shakti Mohan is one of the best known Indian Contemporary dance artists in the world. She most recently featured as a judge on ‘Dance Plus’, a dance reality show on Star Plus. Before then, she was the winner of Zee TV’s Dance India Dance Season 2. In 2015, she launched her first Nritya Shakti World Tour, conducting dance classes in Singapore, Malaysia, Chennai, Kolkata, Raleigh, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco, Paris and Mumbai. From April-May 2016, the Nritya Shakti Tour will see Shakti visiting the USA, Canada and India.

Ahead of the launch of the tour, HaikuJAM partnered with Shakti Mohan for a JAM competition. For 24 hours, thousands of jammers from around the world wrote thousands of short poems around the power of dance. Even Shakti got involved in jamming – you can see her user profile here.

At the end of the day, Shakti selected her favourite JAM. Congratulations to Leela, Smith and Ashar for winning the competition. They are going to receive some tour merchandise signed by Shakti herself! Here’s the winning JAM:

You can see all of the JAMS written during the competition at haikujam.com/c/nrityashakti2016

Finally, here are some of the other JAMS that came close to winning!

Featured Artist: Eduardo Navarro Illustrations

April 20, 2016

Eduardo Navarro is an architect and illustrator based in Madrid. You can find his work on Instagram here and you can also purchase some of his artwork here.

Using some of his favourite illustations, the HaikuJAM community collaborated to write poems around the theme of ‘Sitting Heart’ – the name of one our favourite pieces from him.

Below are some of our favourite collaborations that were created in the HaikuJAM app:

To see more of the collaborations with Eduardo, check out haikujam.com/c/eduardonavarrom.

Featured Artist: Jenny Zhang Post-it Note Poetry

April 20, 2016

Jenny Zhang is an instagram artist who writes wonderful poetry on post-it notes.

On the 7th April, the HaikuJAM community wrote hundreds of poems around Jenny’s work! Here are some of our favourite collaborations with Jenny’s work in the background.

You can see all of the collaborations created here.

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HaikuJAM ‘Creativity and Innovation’ Workshop at IBM

February 15, 2016

Team HaikuJAM at IBM India!

Last week, HaikuJAM ran a workshop on ‘Creativity and Innovation’ at IBM India in Noida, New Delhi! Through the 60-minute session, hundreds of JAMS (i.e. three-line collaborative poems) were created by IBM employees across multiple divisions. It was wonderful to see engineers, financial controllers, marketers, sales people and business developers come together and experience each other’s worlds, one simple line at a time! There were some brilliant collaborations around classic IBM themes such as “Watson”, “Think” and “Deep Blue”, as well as more unexpected topics such as “Relationships”, “Salman Khan” and “Make In India”.

At the end of the session, a judging panel shortlisted their favourite JAMS and then chose both an English and Hindi favourite. The winning JAM in English was titled “Passion” and co-authored by Sharad, Sanjeev and Shristi:

Passion JAM

Here are also some lovely testimonials from the event, as well as some more photos and video footage:

I was overwhelmed after attending this wonderful session. At large organisations like IBM we also JAM on a daily basis, except it’s with thousands of people across different teams and projects. Intimate, micro-JAMs in HaikuJAM foster a sense of belonging. This is not just about poetic ideas- HaikuJAM is an innovation that you can truly utilise in your daily life. Whenever you are stressed, you can JAM, and in the process connect to people in Australia, US and some really remote parts of the world. And once you connect with two others, you also find yourself connecting with yourself in a unique manner! At the HaikuJAM workshop, we all got a chance to write freely without limitations on the topics or themes. It has been one of the most different and amazing events to be held in IBM. Cheers to the founders of HaikuJAM!

– Nikhil Choudhary (Senior Delivery Manager, Global Business Services, IBM India)

The JAM session was excellent and thought provoking. HaikuJAM is an interesting and very interactive app which has no boundaries; you can think, write and capture any subject or feeling. Initially we were all a little hesitant, but once we started writing together on the JAM cards, creativity really flowed! It was fun and colleagues laughed. It brought back memories, cheerful bonding happened and tensions were released.

– Sanjeev Dhole (Global Finance Manager, IBM India)

I am so glad that I participated in the HaikuJAM session at IBM. I really liked the concept. In both personal and professional life, I find it very helpful to keep one’s imagination alive, and so I love creative exercises such as cooking and writing poetry! Often I find that my poems are left incomplete and the thoughts are gone, but now with the help of this wonderful concept and mobile app, I can easily crowdsource my creative efforts, collaborate and hold on to the ideas! Kudos to the founders!

– Gyanendra Verma (Delivery Manager, Global Business Services, IBM India)

It was an honour for me to help organize this amazing session in IBM. I have been using this app for some months, and it is actually very therapeutic! At the end of a busy day when you get to write something for yourself without being judged and connect with people globally through creative collaboration, it does make your day. This is why I choose HaikuJAM over any other app!

– Shristi Dhole (Vodafone EPM & VIP Monitoring, IBM India)

IBM JAMS

HJ Team!

If you’re interested in organising a HaikuJAM workshop at your organisation, please do drop us a line on hj@haikujam.com for more information :)

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11 Poems About Exes

February 2, 2016
Made in HaikuJAM App (www.haikujam.com/getapp)

Talking about an ex is a dangerous game: it can usually bring about a serious case of the ‘feels’. Being optimistic, one may be able to salvage good memories from the plane crash that ultimately took place. Remember, the warmth you felt knowing that someone in the world cared about you and was thinking about you endlessly? Yeah, me too.

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11 Poems About Tinder

February 2, 2016
Tinder Poetry on HaikuJAM

Ask my generation the first thing they think of when you say the word ‘swipe’. In all likelihood, the answer will be ‘Tinder’. Launched in 2012, Tinder is a mobile app where you’re presented images of people that live near you and you can ‘swipe left’ to to reject someone or ‘swipe right’ to show you’re interested. The magic to Tinder lies is its ‘double opt-in’ mechanism: both parties must swipe right in order to start talking with eachother. This is supposed to alleviate the pressure of approaching someone you’re interested in, but not knowing if that interest is reciprocated.

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12 Poems About Hating Your Job

February 1, 2016

I’m 24 years old. It’s been nearly 3 years since I’ve graduated from University. Following graduation, I noticed that a certain anxiety began to seep into the lives of myself and my peers: what do I want to do with the rest of my life?

As we moved away from the safe, structured environment of school and university, we were hit with the sudden realisation that the rest of our lives were left for us to decide. And this was terrifying. As we all entered our first jobs and got into the monotonous routine of work, this anxiety widened: do I want to do what I’m doing for the rest of my life?

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Poetry About Depression

February 1, 2016
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“We’re the middle children of history man, no purpose or place, we have no Great war, no Great depression, our great war is a spiritual war, our great depression is our lives” – Chuck Palahaniuk, Fight Club

I would say that I’ve never suffered from depression: depressed, yes, but not depression. The closest I’ve come is a few months after my dad’s death. As I adjusted to a new normal, I found myself growing numb towards everything and everyone. I preferred being alone more often than not; talking to others was burdensome and small-talk too difficult. Seeking solace in solitude, I found myself getting lost in my own thoughts and drifting into a spiral of negativity. However, this all eventually passed. Luckily, final exams and a job helped distract my mind and shift focus away from myself.
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