Storytelling for All

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 12.18.47 PMAs someone who believes in the power of storytelling, I was thrilled to learn that TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, has awarded its 2015 TED Prize to StoryCorps and its founder, Dave Isay. As TED curator Chris Anderson put it StoryCorps is, “an organization whose central mission is to spread ideas and empower storytellers.”

For those of us who’ve ever listened to or read the StoryCorps stories, you know the magic, power, and grace that happens when two people sit down in the StoryCorps booth simply to talk to one another. Nearly 100,000 StoryCorps stories are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress as a gift to all Americans and future generations.

Last night Isay delivered his vision for how he’ll use the $1 million prize for an audacious, high impact project. StoryCorp is going digital!  A new StoryCorps app will be free to the public, ensuring that more extraordinary stories of every day lives are recorded and preserved for the future.

“It’s about communication,” said Isay. “It’s about creating a world that listens a little better.”

Bravo to Dave Isay, StoryCorps and TED for reminding us that every story matters!

– Posted by Kathy Swayze, CFRE

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