In the words of David Isay, founder of StoryCorps, "inviting a loved one, a friend or even a stranger to record a meaningful interview with you just might turn out to be one of the most important moments in that person's life, and in yours."
StoryCorps is an American non-profit organization whose mission is to record, preserve, and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs.
This is a wonderful TED speech by David, setting out their journey of creating story booths in Grand Central Station in NY, to the incredible achievement of how StoryCorp has now the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered.
A compelling example of the power of storytelling, the evolution of the lineage of our oral history (StoryCorps is modelled on the efforts of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the 1930s, through which oral history interviews across the United States were recorded. Another inspiration for the organization was oral historian Studs Terkel.