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The art of storytelling, according to the founders of StoryCorps and Humans of New York

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2015 at 9:43 am

I listened to StoryCorps’ audios with animation in the Jewish Contemporary Museum in San Francisco – very warm andtouching. A guy who worked there let me see the recording room right next to the animation screen and photos of attendants – small, minimal, warm yellow light, just enough for opening up stories between people 🙂

Dave Isay and Brandon Stanton. Photo courtesy StoryCorps. Dave Isay and Brandon Stanton. Photo courtesy StoryCorps.

Between them, Dave Isay, TED Prize winner and founder of StoryCorps, and Brandon Stanton, founder of Humans of New York, have collected more than 75,000 stories from regular people around the world. Isay collects his stories as audio files, while Stanton takes a photo and then interviews his subject — but they’ve both developed fascinating techniques for helping people to open up. They sat down recently to talk about their work and their thoughts on what makes for an honest, open interview environment.

A supportive culture breeds good stories. “We think of the internet as such a coarse place, yet people treat our app with such respect. I am constantly amazed by this,” Isay says about the listener contributions to the StoryCorps app. The secret, he says: Create an intimate culture where trust is paramount. Stanton agrees. “We don’t judge or criticize,” he says. “I am interviewing…

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