HeadUP has launched a free online storytelling platform to help people push their individual boundaries and reach their full potential. The platform lets users share stories and promote positive action in the real world. “We started this project as part of our ‘kokorozashi’ (志) – we wanted to create a place where people can inspire and learn from one another,” said the founders of HeadUP.
Kokorozashi is a Japanese term that means “personal mission”. Kokorozashi (志) is a combination of the characters for a person (or samurai) (士) and mind or heart (心). Literally translated, kokorozashi means “a person with a good heart and mind”. Thibault Defrance and Carlos Tabares discovered their kokorozashi after being amazed by the manner in which their fellow transit riders in the Tokyo underground journeyed home with their heads hanging, conveying a collective sense of sorrow, and founded HeadUP as a result. HeadUP’s kokorozashi is important because it aims to help individuals – especially those who feel down and hopeless – to keep their “heads up” regardless of the challenges and trials they encounter in life.
Mr. Defrance and Mr. Tabares feel that it is crucial for everyone to have access to inspiring content. Due to the potentially sensitive nature of the content, contributors often share deeply meaningful and personal stories with their privacy remaining intact. HeadUP offers contributors the ability to post using their real names, pseudonyms, or anonymously to protect privacy. An active group of volunteer moderators subsequently reviews the content before posting to ensure it complies with the goal of the platform.
Site contributors can also seamlessly interact with other user’s content through popular modern features. This multi-faceted and flexible combination of blogging, social media, and business promotion in a variety of languages has allowed the site to attract a constantly growing, diverse group of users who generate a wide range of content for a variety of purposes.
Since its founding in 2016, HeadUP has evolved into a dynamic, multilingual platform that attracts users from across the world, communicating their own inspirational messages and sharing motivational business ideas. HeadUP’s sleek, professional user interface is available in English, French, Spanish, and Japanese with plans to add support for additional languages in 2020.
HeadUP also offers merchandise to help spread the positive message of the brand, including tote bags, T-shirts, and other items.
HeadUP is seeking additional funding to support growth via its Patreon account at https://www.patreon.com/join/headupspace.
The team continues to invest in the platform to innovate and meet the needs of both storytellers and readers.
HeadUP is an online storytelling platform founded by Thibault Defrance and Carlos Tabares to transmit optimism.
HeadUP’s mission is to create a place that inspires people to take positive action in the real world and improve their lives. HeadUP is currently focusing on helping people create and share inspiring written work. With the various categories, the aspiring readers can learn moral lessons that they can apply to improve the quality of their lives.