Friday, July 07, 2006

Really Inspiring Projects

After reading this thing called Putting Documentary Work to Work (download the pdf on this page) I was able to see a moment of crystal clarity where documenting and organizing different aspects of our lives can really share a story so powerfully within a community. Otherwise, it is all just a bunch of stuff, by itself. By establishing and re-creating relationships between information, we are able to give the information a context in which to live--so that it goes from words, sounds, images, and motion into knowledge and quite possibly, greater forms of wisdom.

One really inspiring project is Indivisible, "an exploration of community life in America by some of this country's most accomplished photographers, radio producers, and folklorists."

StoryCorps, is one such incredible project. Online, you can hear the tone and emotion in people's voices as they tell their own stories. Story Corps created StoryBooths and provided an opportunity, and a space, for people to share their own experiences. I really like this mother/daughter interview, among others.


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