I admit it. I cried during this TED talk. But only once. Okay three times.Story Corp started out as a single booth in Grand Central Station where any person could interview anyone of their choice. A mother and son, a grandson and grandpa, a learner and a teacher. Anyone could come share their story and have it be recorded and shared into a national archive of human stories.
This is actually similar to something I've always wanted to do. I've always wanted to interview people because I think the intimacy and the atmosphere and the openness is so different from just everyday conversation. You feel like you can ask much deeper questions, get more personal. And this is something I love. I guess it's just a bit sad that it feels (or at least I feel) like you can't do that so much in just passing, everyday conversation.
I've actually also always wanted to do a little 'project' where I interview people on the streets. You know how they do those videos with questions like "What are you dreams" except I always wanted to do something a little more unique (no offence to the people in the "what are you dreams" department). Maybe this is how it begins.
There's also a StoryCorp app they've come out with: click here if you'd like to have a little looksy look.
My favourite quotes:
[blockquote type="left"]You know, a lot of people talk about crying when they hear StoryCorps stories, and it's not because they're sad. Most of them aren't. I think it's because you're hearing something authentic and pure at this moment, when sometimes it's hard to tell what's real and what's an advertisement.[/blockquote]
[blockquote type="right"]Imagine, for example, a national homework assignment where every high school student studying U.S. history across the country records an interview with an elder over Thanksgiving, so that in one single weekend an entire generation of American lives and experiences are captured.[/blockquote]
[blockquote type="left"]... or that someday it becomes a tradition all over the world that people are honored with a StoryCorps interview on their 75th birthday; or that people in your community go into retirement homes or hospitals or homeless shelters or even prisons armed with this app to honor the people least heard in our society and ask them who they are, what they've learned in life, and how they want to be remembered."[/blockquote]
See the video on the TED page here.