For background, you can read the original discussion posts ("Creative Jam, Anyone?" and "Further Discussion of the Creative Jam") and the parameters poll. See a list of themes.
About the Creative Jam
The Crowdfunding Creative Jam customarily takes place on the third weekend of the month. It can run Saturday-Sunday or Sunday-Monday, depending on the preferance of that month's manager. Any member of the community can volunteer to manage the jam session.
Everyone is eligible to post prompts, which may be words or phrases, titles, images, etc. Prompters may request a specific creator, but everyone else may still use that prompt if they wish. Prompts may specify a particular character/world/etc. but creators may use the prompt for something else anyway and post the results. Prompters are still encouraged to post mostly prompts that anyone could use anywhere, as this maximizes the chance of having creators make something based on your prompt. Please title your comment "Prompt" or "Prompts" when providing inspiration so these are easy to find.
Prompt responses may also be treated as prompts and used for further inspiration. For example, a prompt may lead to a sketch which leads to a story, and so on. This kind of cascading inspiration is one of the most fun things about a collective jam session.
Everyone is eligible to use prompts, and everyone who wants to use a given prompt may do so, for maximum flexibility of creator choice in inspiration. You do not have to post a "Claim" reply when you decide to use a prompt, but this does help indicate what is going on so that other prompters can spread out their choice of prompts if they wish.
Creators are encouraged, but not required, to post at least one item free. Likewise, sharing a private copy of material with the prompter is encouraged but not required. Creative material resulting from prompts should be indicated in a reply to the prompt, with a link to the full content elsewhere on the creator's site (if desired); a brief excerpt and/or description of the material may be included in the reply (if desired). It helps to title your comment "Prompt Filled" or something like that so these are easy to identify. There is no time limit on responding to prompts. However, creators are encouraged to post replies sooner rather than later, as the attention of prompters will be highest during and shortly after the session.
Some items created from prompts may become available for sponsorship. Some creators may offer perks for donations, linkbacks, or other activity relating to this project. Check creator comments and links for their respective offerings.
Prompters, creators, and bystanders are expected to behave in a responsible and civil manner. If the moderators have to drag someone out of the sandbox for improper behavior, we will not be amused. Please respect other people's territory and intellectual property rights, and only play with someone else's characters/setting/etc. if you have permission. (Fanfic/fanart freebies are okay.) If you want to invite folks to play with something of yours, title the comment something like "Open Playground" so it's easy to spot. This can be a good way to attract new people to a shared world or open-source project, or just have some good non-canon fun.
Boost the signal! The more people who participate, the more fun this activity becomes. You can link to this landing page, or to individual session posts, to encourage more folks to get involved.
There are a number of shared worlds, open-source fandoms, and other projects which are open to new creative input. If you want to explore a creative endeavor that already has resources such as setting and characters, check out these options ...
The Blueshift Troupers
Imagine a science fiction television series with all the hope, adventure, and sense of wonder from the classics. The hiveship Omphalos is one of the regular characters, providing a home for the crew of shapeshifters who travel the galaxy through jump gates to solve problems on distant planets. Human colonization has spread civilization far and wide, but most planets have one or a few dominant races and some of them are pretty xenophobic. Each season of the show features a different planet, ethnic group, and culture where the main characters would be portrayed by new actors. This would create a shifting opportunity for large numbers of ethnic actors on film or stage; in its current version, it's a way for authors or artists to portray different races and cultures. The main page linked above presently holds a description of the setting and main characters along with links to published works.
Nine for the Nebula's Heart
This is envisioned as a movie or movie series which is science fantasy mythpunk with feminist/intersectional themes. The main characters are diverse along lines of race, sexuality, social background, ability, etc. but the team is all women except for one man. You can read the core canon, guidelines, and masterlist of works online. Anyone may create new works using these materials, but in order to count as canon, works must use the same CC BY-SA license as the core.
Everyone is welcome to play with Schrodinger's Heroes. (If you're new to this project, you can start here.) This is an imaginary fandom for an apocryphal television show. A team of heroes practice quantum physics and other hijinks to protect Earth against invaders from other dimensions. The team is racially, sexually, and culturally diverse. Because the subject naturally deals with alternate realities, it lends itself well to crossovers and alternate-universe interpretations; you can use my version or make up your own.
Torn World is a science fantasy shared world available for writing and creating in. Sea monsters! Giant furred unicorns! Crystals that control time! People of changing gender, or no gender! For more information about the setting, prompters should start here and contributors should start here. For specific information about submitting your work to our world continuity, rights and allowances, please see our contributor's rules. We have a space for sharing non-canon work on our site, so don't be shy about jumping in, even if you aren't familiar with the setting yet!
The Ursulan Cycle
Based on the Arthurian Cycle, the Ursulan Cycle uses genderbending to tell old legends in new ways. Most of the characters are female, which changes the relationships and politics dramatically. Themes include court intrigue, adventure, romance, and magic/spirituality. Everyone is welcome to play since it's based on ancient cultural material. Come explore the characters, plot, macguffins, and content.
April (Saturday 15-Sunday 16) "Twists"
March 2017 (Saturday 18-Sunday 19) "Skeptical, Not Blind"
February 2017 (Saturday 18-Sunday 19) "Love"
January 2017 (Saturday 14-Sunday 15) "Laughter"
November 2016 (Saturday 19-Sunday 20) "Happy Stories"
October 2016 (Saturday 15-Sunday 16) "Games"
September 2016 (hosted by DW user Dialecticdreamer)
August 2016 (Saturday 20-Sunday 21) "Fashion"
July 2016 (Saturday 16-Sunday 17) "Good and Evil"
June 2016 (Saturday 18-Sunday 19) "Changing Society Around the Individual"
May 2016 (Saturday 14-Sunday 15) "Surprises and the Unexpected"
April 2016 (Saturday 16-Sunday 17) "Ideas"
March 2016 (Saturday 19-Sunday 20) "Highly Distinctive People"
February 2016 (Saturday 20-Sunday 21) "Comfortable and Uncomfortable Situations"
January 2016 (Saturday 16-Sunday 17) "Art and Artisans"
November 2016 (Saturday 14-Sunday 15) "Books"
October 2015 (Saturday 17-Sunday 19) "Abilities and Disabilities"
September 2015 (Saturday 19-Sunday 20) "Contradictions"
August 2015 (Saturday 15-Sunday 16) "Science and Scientists"
July 2015 (Saturday 18-Sunday 19) "Nobody Would Ever Write This"
June 2015 (Saturday 20-Sunday 21) "Broken Relationships"
May 2015 (Saturday 16-Sunday 17) "Hope"
April 2015 (Saturday 18-Sunday 19) "Impossible"
March 2015 (Saturday 14-Sunday 15) "Portents of the Past and Future"
February 2015 (Saturday 14-Sunday 15) "Resources"
January 2015 (Saturday, January 17-Sunday, January 18) "Dreaming and Waking"
December 2014 (none)
November 2014 (Saturday, November 15-Sunday, November 16) "Salvaging or Repairing People or Ideas"
October 2014 (Saturday, October 18-Sunday, October 19) "Paradigm Shifting Without a Clutch"
September 2014 (Saturday, September 20-Sunday, September 21) "New Ideas in Old Problems"
August 2014 (Saturday, August 16-Sunday, August 17) "Community and Communication"
July 2014 (Saturday, July 19-Sunday, July 20) "Conflicts Where No One Is Wrong"
June 2014 (Saturday, June 14-Sunday, June 15) "Places That Matter"
May 2014 (Saturday, May 17-Sunday, May 18) "Quests"
April 2014 (Saturday, April 19-Sunday, April 20) "Characterization"
March 2014 (Saturday, March 14-Sunday, March 15) "Far Future"
February 2014 (Saturday, February 15-Sunday, February 16) "Mysteries & Enigmas"
January 2014 (Saturday, January 25-Sunday, January 26) "Historical Fantasy"
December 2013 (none)
November 2013 (Saturday, November 16-Sunday, November 17) "Seasonal Changes"
October 2013 (Saturday, October 19-Sunday, October-20) "Artificial Intelligences and Noncorporeal Beings"
September 2013 (Saturday September 14-Sunday September 15) "Emotions"
August 2013 (Saturday August 17-Sunday August 18) "Technology"
July 2013 (Saturday July 20-Sunday July 21) "Families of Choice"
June 2013 (Saturday June 15-Sunday June 16) "Space Travel"
May 2013 (Saturday May 18-Sunday May 19) "Magic"
April 2013 (Saturday April 20-Sunday April 21) "Conflict"
March 2013 (Saturday 16-Sunday 17) "Memory"
February 2013 (Saturday 16-Sunday 17) "Twisted Tropes"
January 2013 (Saturday 19-Sunday 20) "Nonviolence"
December 2012 (none)
November 2012 (Saturday 17-Sunday 18) "Portals"
October 2012 (Saturday 20-Sunday 21) "Kink"
September 2012 (Saturday 15-Sunday 16) "Characters of Color"
August 2012 (Sunday 19-Monday 20) "Preservation/Conservation"
July 2012 (Saturday 21-Sunday 22) "Women in Sensible Armor"
June 2012 (Saturday 16-Sunday 17) "Outer Space"
May 2012 (Saturday 26-Sunday 27) "Food"
April 2012 (Sunday 22-Monday 23) "Blood"
March 2012 (Sunday 18-Monday 19) "Respect"
February 2012 (Saturday 18-Sunday 19) "Alternative Sexualities / QUILTBAG"
January 2012 (Saturday 14-Sunday 15) "Disabled Characters (Visibly & Invisibly Disabled)"
November 2011 (Sunday 20-Monday 21) "Inner Worlds"
October 2011 (Monday 17-Tuesday 18) "Misfits"