I’ve said it many times: I love what Story Corps does. Ever since I first heard about their goals back in 2004, I’ve been inspired and impressed by the vision of their archive. Their new website is pretty great too. They even have an app for sharing stories; check it out here.
And now they’re doing something incredible: The Great Thanksgiving Day Listen, which will be 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 app.” I’m excited for this, and I’m looking forward to participating.
One of the most ambitious extensions of their work still inspires me, regarding their work in NYC and with the World Trade Center Memorial.
But overall, what is so great to me about StoryCorps is their focus on the simple power of any story. Stories are what it means to be human. They do more than communicate and represent, they transport, engage empathy, and explore untold possibilities each time they are told. I’m excited about #TheGreatListen, and I encourage you to check it out. You can sign up on the StoryCorps site for more information as it is released.