Listen! – International Day for Sharing Life Stories
May 16th 2008
A life-changing opportunity
for people around the world to gather
in homes, community halls, classrooms, public parks, theaters, auditoriums,
Web sites, e-mail exchanges, and virtual environments
to hear each other’s stories
A growing international movement of citizens and practitioners views listening, collecting and sharing life stories as a critical process in democratizing culture and promoting social change.
This day is dedicated to celebrating and promoting Life Story projects that are making a difference within neighborhoods, communities, and societies.
What to do for
Friday, May 16th 2008
1. Choose a way to gather people to share their stories where you live or work:
• Story Circles in homes, workplaces, schools, community centers, virtual environments
• Public open microphone performances of personal stories
• Exhibitions of Stories in public venues, as image, text, and audio-visual materials
• Celebratory events to honor local storytellers, practitioners and organizations
• Open houses for organizations with a life story sharing component
• Online simultaneous gatherings, postings, and story exchanges
• Print, Radio and Television broadcast programming on life stories, and documentaries that feature oral histories and story exchanges
2. Invite diverse youth and adults
3. Register your activity
• Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
• A worldwide calendar of events for the May 16-18 weekend will be gathered.
• Calendar listings will appear on a dedicated Web site, along with a map of the participating organizations.
- View Organizations and Individuals who support the International Day for Sharing Life Stories:
- Add your personal or group endorsement, with e-mail to:
SPONSOR ORGANIZATIONS – Two generous, creative grassroots groups are organizing this historic day:
- Museum of the Person – Sao Paolo, Brazil
- The Museum of the Person is an international network of virtual museums of life stories, located in Brazil, Canada, the USA and Portugal.
- Their mission is to contribute to make every person´s life story valued by society.
- Center for Digital Storytelling – Berkeley, California, USA
- The Center trains people and organizations, while developing projects with digital media that help people tell meaningful stories from their lives.
- They also serve as an international clearinghouse of information and resources about storytelling and new media.
Register your activity now with e-mail to email@example.com
- A story is the shortest distance between people. – Pat Speight
- An enemy is one whose stories we have not heard. – Ms. Gene Knudsen-Hoffman
- Storytelling can change a room. It can change lives. It can change the world. – Gwenda LedBetter