Are you familiar with Storycorps? If not, this may consume your weekend as it has consumed quite a few afternoons for me. Storycorps is an independent, non-profit organization that started in 2003, with the mission of providing people the opportunity to “record, share and preserve the stories of our lives.”
People walk into a Storycorps booth, or jump on the mobile truck and record short stories from their lives; the subsequent conversation is recorded (free) on a CD and preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Generally, the stories are simply an oral recording, but there are also many visually recorded sessions and more recently, a few animated ones. Take a look a few of the 45,000+ interviews that have been recorded in the last 10 years:
I think it proves that everyone has a story to tell, and that not all stories have the same shape or length or level of seriousness and our job as storytellers is to help facilitate this process, and tap into it when we’re marketing products or other media. Do you have any favorite Storycorps interviews?