FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Open History Project gives people a platform for building empathy across borders. Storytellers record and share interviews with locals, elders, and concerned citizens as they discuss experiences invisible to mainstream media. A team of translators make local history accessible globally.

Media shapes the way we see ourselves and each other. Grassroots media promotes the idea that we are responsible for how we choose to see the world. A network of dedicated storytellers encourages mutual respect and international cooperation. Creating an experience-based, multilingual media platform independent of advertising is the best way we know of creating a borderless world worth leaving to future generations.

It doesn’t take a professional to listen to 30 minutes of discussion. It takes patience, compassion and curiosity.

Open History Project began in the rainy season of 2014 when Justin and Lena met in the highlands of Guatemala to study languages. Through conversations with former guerilla fighters and political activists from the civil war, they discovered a brutal history of oppression and genocide that few others would discuss. Not one school, newspaper or TV station in the country could invite these compañeros to share their experiences out of fear of political and economic oppression. In hopes of saving their stories from being lost in history, the project was born, so that knowledge of the past will not be lost to current and future generations.

We believe that accounts by historical witnesses are an incredibly valuable source of information. They give us the chance to learn from the people that lived through situations, rather then those that view a topic from distance and analyze it in theory.

We get the chance to learn more then just the “hard facts” – we learn what people felt and what their fears and concerns were. We can only create empathy if we understand the emotional part of history, if we see the people, behind the numbers and dates.

Open History Project is funded by grassroots fundraising efforts, seed grants, and generous donations from a variety of individuals.

Open Hisotry Project is being registered as a charitable organization (gemeinnütziger eingetragener Verein) in Germany and as a non-profit in the US/ Tax-exemption status is being sought so your donations will be tax-exempt.

Open History Project aims to preserve history the way people experienced it. We don’t comment, but directly quote our interviewees.

Our interviewers follow our Interview Guidelines, which make sure to let the interviewee tell his story in his or her own way. We avoid influencing the interviewee, and intend to ask as few questions as possible. Interviewers are meant to avoid biases and stereotypes and promote free range of expression.

Our editors follow our Editing Guidelines. The key idea is to preserve the way people speak and to edit as little as possible. Any significant edits are explicitly marked.

Open History Project content is licensed as Creative Commons Attribution to ensure that the stories we share are disseminated as widely as possible. Re-publishing our stories is allowed for non-commercial purposes as long as you follow our attribution policy by crediting us and linking back to the original.

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

Open History Project is a growing organization and has many opportunities to contribute. Message us with your strengths and interests and we will see how you can make history happen.

STORYTELLING

Storytellers are regular contributors, collecting interviews or reports from their area.

Anyone committed to the goals of Open History Project can become a Storyteller.

Open History Project stories focus on firsthand knowledge and are relevant to at least one of three themes:

  • Giving value to elders – interviews that preserve the views and experiences of older generations
  • Increasing consciousness of other cultures – promoting empathy across borders and encouraging diversity of views
  • Providing access to local knowledge – discovering the past of a village, town or city from the view of an individual who lived it

The Interview Guidelines will give you a good idea of how to do an interview.

TRANSLATION

Anyone who is fluently bilingual, and committed to accurately and artfully translating stories can join the project as a translator. We expect translators to collaborate with each other, follow OHP’s style guidelines and, of course, uphold the meaning and intent of the speaker.

Open History Project stories focus on firsthand knowledge and are relevant to at least one of three themes:

  • Giving value to elders – interviews that preserve the views and experiences of older generations
  • Increasing consciousness of other cultures – promoting empathy across borders and encouraging diversity of views
  • Providing access to local knowledge – discovering the past of a village, town or city from the view of an individual who lived it

Yes, if you want to receive a Certificate of Accomplishment, please message us at contact@openhistoryproject.com, mentioning your full name and the stories you have worked on.

Open History Project aims to preserve personal experiences for the future and to make them accessible to people from all over the world. Your story will be part of the Open History database and made public to as many people as possible.

Everyone with appropriate personal experiences is invited to contribute.

Who knows your story better than you do? If we wait until our stories are written by others, it will be to late to have a voice.

Open History Project stories focus on firsthand knowledge and are relevant to at least one of three themes:

  • Giving value to elders – interviews that preserve the views and experiences of older generations
  • Increasing consciousness of other cultures – promoting empathy across borders and encouraging diversity of views
  • Providing access to local knowledge – discovering the past of a village, town or city from the view of an individual who lived it

Connect your community to storytellers around the world. Here are some ways to connect:

  • Local organizers that want to document the struggles and successes of their community or organization
  • Open History Project in the classroom brings the world to your class, for multicultural education, translation, or discussion opportunities.
  • Interview neighbors or family on your shared heritage
  • Fundraise for one of our related projects

Oral history is a unique and very personal way to explore history. Reading first-hand accounts helps build empathy. Open History Project gives students the opportunity to discover history in its most vivid way: By starting their own oral history project.

We provide workshop material for teachers interested in developing listening, critical thinking, empathy and linguistic skills in the classroom and at home. In this workshop students discover the importance of firsthand historical accounts, the biases of media, interviewing techniques and finally produce their own personal oral history project, interviewing people from their communities. They have the option to share all or parts of the final product though the Open History Project and receive feedback from the community.

Open History Project creates a network of concern where people and organizations from all backgrounds and beliefs work together to share and preserve personal experiences. Our volunteers provide training and workshops in audio/video recording, transcription, and uploading. We collaborate with a wide range of organizations from all over the globe. Find out more information on how your organization can join here.

 

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