The TED prize means that oral histories are now at the tip of your fingers. Go record someone!
For 11 years, StoryCorps has been recording the life stories of people from across the U.S, filing them away so that future generations can understand their great-great-grandparents and beyond. But it has been limited in scope because of the StoryCorps model: a facilitator and two people who are part of each others lives in conversation, talking for 40 minutes in a booth. Now, with the release of a new StoryCorps app, anyone can participate in the program.
Dave Isay, the founder and president of StoryCorps, was just awarded the $1 million TED Prize, given to one person each year as a means to grant their big wish for the world. Isay’s wish: to archive the wisdom of humanity. The TED cash went towards the development of the app, available for iOS and Android, that lets anyone conduct guided interviews with loved ones. Those interviews are then saved and sent off to the Library of Congress to be permanently archived.