Are.na’s Leo Shaw agreed. “Being online in this moment presents creative people with all kinds of challenges,” he explained. “Whether it's a specific tool or a way of seeing the world, we hope readers find something in these collections they can actually apply in their own routines.”
Shaw and Köerner hatched the Library of Practical and Conceptual Resources after realizing that both Are.na and The Creative Independent shared an interest in creating “more thoughtful spaces online,” said Köerner.
Together, they decided it was time to push that idea further by engaging with creative practitioners who are “using the internet as a tool and as a creative medium—not just as a waste of time, a distraction, or to be loud,” said Köerner. In step, they began asking artists to answer the question that’s become the jumping off point for the entire project: “How do you use the internet mindfully?”