The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them. Ralph G Nichols
There is a new app that was recently launched in the United States that records interviews. Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps discussed this idea in a TED talk. It’s called a ‘Audio Selfie.’
“Recording these interviews, I saw how the microphone gave me the opportunity to go places I might otherwise never would have gone,” says Isay, “and talk to people I might otherwise never have spoken to.”
The app is still in beta. Over the coming months, they will be working to fix the bugs and make the app more user-friendly
Over Thanksgiving 2015, history teachers across the US will ask their students to record an interview with a grandparent or elder. In a single weekend, an entire generation could be honored in this way.
It sounds like a wonderful way to connect to one another. To realise, that there is no separation between us. The audio recordings are giving families an opportunity to interview their loved ones with dementia, cancer or terminal illness.
It gives them a chance to speak to them, to record their feelings, and to keep this for their children’s, children.
Here is a recording of Javier Bostos who was recently diagnosed with cancer. His heartfelt interview reminds us yet again, of our vulnerability in life. That each moment is precious. Let’s be reminded today.
“I remembered every moment between us, and every moment felt more precious as time passed.” Shannon A Thompson