November 28th, the day after Thanksgiving, has been declared National Day of Listeningby StoryCorps in partnership with NPR and the Library of Congress. On this day, individuals are invited to have a meaningful conversation with someone they care about (essentially a short interview to hear stories from this special individual). This individual could be a family member, friend, co-worker, someone who has touched your life, or anyone whose story you would like to hear. There isn’t a set agenda on the questions to ask, nor on the procedure to take. For those looking for ideas, however, StoryCorps created a Do-It-Yourself-Guide to help those who want to participate in the National Day of Listening. Here are the basic steps they suggest:
1. Download the Do-It-Yourself Guide
2. Select your interview partner
3. Create a question list, using their online custom Question Generator
4. Record your conversation.
5. Save and share your conversation.
Participating in the National Day of Listening is a great way to preserve your loved one’s experiences-experiences may be heard generations from now. The interviews could be recorded and saved on your computer, or any place that works best with the recording equipment you are using. Be sure to label the interview with the individual’s name and the date.
November 28th was selected as National Day of Listening because it is typically a time when individuals are home with their families. This is a simple way to connect with your family and friends and create a meaningful holiday tradition.
We, at WorldVitalRecords.com, would also love to hear your stories. If you have a great experience and want to share it with the readers our newsletter, please send a copy of your recording to firstname.lastname@example.org. StoryCorps also invites you to submit your stories on their site as well: http://www.entertonement.com/nationaldayoflistening
Happy National Day of Listening!
StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. Since 2003, tens of thousands of Americans have shared their stories and life experiences in our StoryBooths. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share and is preserved at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is the largest oral history project of its kind, and millions listen to our broadcasts on public radio and the web.