I discovered, a bit late, that the National Day of Listening is this Friday, November 27, 2009. Not a great day to choose for teachers (who are likely to be off from school digesting turkey) or for most Americans who might be shopping on this "Black Friday."
StoryCorps launched the first annual National Day of Listening last year. The idea is to encourage people across the country to record and share conversations with loved ones and neighbors using our Do-It-Yourself materials. (I suppose that's the Thanksgiving connection - family gatherings.)
Their target audience includes schools, libraries, and service organizations.
StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. Since 2003, more than 50,000 Americans have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps, making it one of the largest oral history projects of its kind.
Record a conversation with someone important to you and preserve the interview using a cell phone, tape recorder, computer... check out the Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide.
Teachers can download a kit to use on the site. There's even a question generator to get conversations going.