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Our values can’t be categorised by workplace psychology assessments, and they can’t be detected by facial recognition software. They can only be named by us. They show up in our stories, with a little jolt of recognition, and sometimes with a secret name. How good is work?

In preparation for writing this post, I reviewed and changed the categories available to people posting Writings here at our Open Space. One category that has always been available is Stories. We welcome anyone to post here, as long as your writing complies with our Code of Conduct.

We are inviting you to share your stories of your experiences in the time of the COVID-19: happy, sad, angry, funny, whatever. You can tell your stories in words, with pictures, videos, gifs. The great SPLOT creator Alan Levine has made it very easy to include these from urls. Here’s his tip jar

Here are some instructions if you like that sort of thing, or you can just jump in and Write – though probably best to write your story in a Word document first, in case anything goes wrong.  You can share your stories here without creating an account or setting up a blog. You can even tell your story anonymously. It’s quite an easy process.

Stories are being told all over the world, and shared through social and new media, through blogs and many other channels.

Stories from workers on the front line

Doctor Roberto Cosentini shared his experience in Bergamo in a one hour podcast to help other health workers prepare for what was coming.

Stories of new and different work

Lee Skallerup Bessette writes of the affective labour in helping colleagues at this time.

Stories of memories

Kate Bowles shares memories of her late mother.

I would love to see some stories of what hope means in these times.

Our use of stories at got a mention at #PressedConf2020

And finally, here’s a message from Doctor Who