So I know it's a terribly busy time of the semester, not to mention a crazy stressful time for those of us on the job market -- but I'd like to put forth a proposal. One of the things I had in mind when I started this blog was that it could be a uniquely safe and supportive place to share working papers -- particularly papers that one might be nervous sharing in other contexts (as in: you don't know if the paper is a total blind-alley, etc). Anyway, I was just now thinking that it could be really cool to get a weekly or maybe bi-weekly informal Cocoon Working Paper Group together -- with all of us really -- to discuss a paper-in-progress. Basically, the process would be:
1. Someone volunteers to share a paper.
2. We share it here on the blog, perhaps through a password protected site (so that the paper is *only* available to fellow Cocooners).
3. We discuss the paper with the author in the comments section, with an emphasis on *helping* the person make it a better paper.
I suspect that if we got this sort of thing going, it could be really awesome (I know many of us struggle to get feedback). Any volunteers to go first? If you have a paper you'd like to share, just let me know and I'll set things up as described above. First come, first serve!