This Thanksgiving I am grateful for StoryCorps. The non-profit organization who has made it their mission to listen– to 911 survivors, to inner city school kids, to veterans, to immigrants, to lovers, to friends, to parents and grandparents, to civil rights activists– to everyone.
I have spoken about StoryCorp several times on Refined + Rugged, here and here. There are some very exciting happenings happening over at StoryCorp this Thanksgiving.
The first is that they were the Ted Talk prize winner for 2015. With the 1M dollar prize, StoryCorp founder David Isay created the StoryCorp App.
Now with nothing more than your smart phone and the StoryCorp App, you too can participate in recording the voices of your grandparents, parents, elders, or even friends.
StoryCorps is spear-heading The Great Thanksgiving Listen this Thanksgiving, November 26th, 2015. They are inviting EVERYONE to download their app and record the memories and voices of a loved one.
It is so easy! Choose someone to interview. Download the app. Pick some really good questions. Find a quiet place to record. Listen. Closely.
Then share your interview with the WORLD. StoryCorps aims to create the largest archive of human voices ever recorded.
The Great Thanksgiving Listen encourages us to ask and listen. To look outside of ourselves into the narratives of others and recognize the family, community, and friendship building that occurs when we LISTEN to one another and our personal histories.
From the StoryCorp Website:
“This Thanksgiving weekend, StoryCorps will work with teachers and high school students across the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend.
Open to everyone, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national assignment to engage people of all ages in the act of listening. The pilot project is specially designed for students ages 13 and over and as part of a social studies, history, civics, government, journalism, or political science class, or as an extracurricular activity. All that is needed to participate is a smartphone and the StoryCorps mobile app.”
To be honest, I haven’t chosen a loved one to interview yet. I may have to record my interview the day after Thanksgiving.
But the great thing is that the StoryCorps App isn’t design ONLY for The Great Thanksgiving Listen, it is designed to be used any day any where around the globe!!!
Click here to learn more about StoryCorps and ME, and how you can participate in The Great Thanksgiving Listen.
Click here to follow The Great Thanksgiving Listen on Facebook.
Click here if you are a teacher and want to learn more about how StoryCorp is partnering with High School Teachers and Students everywhere to participate in this National Day of Listening.
Click here to read more about the StoryCorps app for iPhone or Android.
Try it out. Set up an interview and have a listen. I would love to hear how your conversation turns out.