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Dates

Starts:30-Jul-12 3:39 p.m. GMT

Ends:9-Aug-12 3:39 p.m. GMT

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Award 1: $275, was awarded to stanopo...

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Creative brief

Name

Crowdscribed

What do you do?

We are a company that has created a new publishing model for "crowdscribing" books based on crowdsourcing principles--calling on vast pools of online talent from around the world to assemble books in a way that creates richer, more relevant content based on competition and collective global intellect. Ultimately, we want to facilitate new ways to get books written by involving the Web crowd as a creative and content source.

This particular book project is designed to bring in collections of the best 25 business sayings and idioms, or "aphorisms" as we call them, from various parts of the world; in this case, China.

What is your industry?

Publishing & media

Describe your audience

Our audience for this project includes:

- Business travelers (primary)
- General international travelers
- Students of cultural knowledge from around the world

What 3 things do you want to communicate to your audience through this piece?

Since this project is slightly different from composing complete chapters of a book, or complete pages for an essay, our mission for communicating is not as defined. But to narrow it down, we want to communicate that:

1. For English speakers, doing business in various parts of the world requires a good or "healthy" understanding of differences in common or popular phrases and cultural references. Saying something wrong could spell disaster if you don't do your research!

2. People in various parts of the world have different ways of looking at and talking about what's going on in the world around them, and we want English speakers to have a good understanding of how others in different cultures speak--through aphorisms/idioms!

3. Respect for the culture of others in their native land is very important for doing business, accomplishing travel goals, and having an open mind for getting the most out of the experience!

Do you have a title for this piece?

The title of the series is called Tok Tru, and each book of aphorisms from different countries will have its own title. Tok Tru actually means "to speak the truth" in Pisin English, the national language in Papua New Guinea.

Do you have a thesis or conclusion that must be reached?

We need from each writer ONE collection of 25 of the best business sayings and idioms (or aphorisms) from the areas of China and Hong Kong. We need each collection to be the most interesting, funny/clever, and intelligent examples of these sayings or idioms. We also hope they will be popular and respected as important words, especially in the business world.

For each collection of 25 sayings submitted, we need each individual saying to be in the following format/style:

- One version of the saying in English

- One version of the saying in Mandarin Chinese.

- An explanation or description of what the saying really means in a literal, practical sense in English.

- Pronunciation (phonetic spelling) written out in English

- An explanation or description of what the saying means in a literal, practical sense in English. Please also include any historically relevant uses of the phrase, and include if the saying originated from a particular person, place, or period.

Does any specific information need to be included?

For each collection of 25 sayings submitted, we need each individual saying to be in the following format/style:

- One version of the saying in English

- One version of the saying in Mandarin Chinese.

- An explanation or description of what the saying means in a literal, practical sense in English. Please also include any historically relevant uses of the phrase, and include if the saying originated from a particular person, place, or period.

- Pronunciation (phonetic spelling) written out in English

What character, tenor or spirit do you wish to convey?

We need each collection to be the most interesting, funny, or clever and intelligent examples of these sayings or idioms. We also hope they will be popular and respected as important words, especially in the business world.

What is your required length in words or pages for this essay?

We only need a collection of 25 sayings. Each saying can be a few words or 2-3 sentences if need be.

Do you have additional info you want to include?

You do not have to currently live in China to participate in this contest. As long as you are familiar with the native cultures of China but do not currently live in those regions, that is okay. You can still participate and compete. We just need common sayings that a native person would be familiar with in those regions.

We have successfully held a contest for these aphorisms once before, and we want as many original aphorisms as possible, so please do not duplicate the following:

-"Cheap things are not good, good things are not cheap."
-"Failing to plan is planning to fail."
-"If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys."
-"The palest ink is better than the best memory."
-"A smile will gain you ten more years of life. "
-"Customers are jade, business is grass."
-"Defer not till tomorrow what may be done today."
-"Don't count your chickens before they are hatched."
-"A fall in a ditch makes you wiser."
-"A fly before his own eye is bigger than an elephant in the next field."
-"Defeat isn't bitter if you don't swallow it."
-"In every crisis, there is opportunity."
-"If you get back up one more time than you fall you will make it through."
-"Don't stand by the water and long for a fish, go home a weave a net."
-"Patience is a virtue."
-"The emperor is rich, but he cannot buy one extra year."
-"The loftiest towers rise from the ground."
-"Easy to run downhill, much puffing to run up."
-"A bad workman blames his tools."
-"Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come."
-"A bad word whispered will echo a hundred miles."
-"A person whose heart is not content is like a snake which tries to swallow an elephant."
-"A wise man makes his own decision, an ignorant man follows public opinion."
-"An inch of time is an inch of gold, but you can't buy that inch of time with an inch of gold."
-"Count not what is lost but what is left."