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Listen - Collect - Create [update in description 8.7.16]

Creating stories, tales and legends inspired by the lives lived by our loved ones.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

We hope to encourage children to listen, create and tell the stories of their family history to reveal friends or family members at the end of their lives as heroines of a true tale. Families and children will create stories to make the end-of-life experience a magical one.


                                               I REMEMBER  //  RECOLLECT

                                                                Table of Contents

                                                           1   Inspirations - Listen

                                                           2   Ideation - Collect 

                                                           3   Implementation - Create



Kim Ok Sun



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A family history is rooted in the traditions and stories that are passed down through generations, yet most families still resort to stories like Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast to tell a tale about endurance, kindness, and love.

Kim's story: "You never know when or how your kindness will repay you"

Everyone has a story - A child's mother, father, aunt, uncle, or grandparents have compelling stories to share that taught them all important and meaningful lessons in life. And before it is too late to know, especially for grandparents, I hope that children will actively listen to the stories most close to their own history and identity and help transform an end-of-life experience into an everlasting one.     



[Official Title: I Remember, Recollect, Once Upon a Time] will set up an online community/site where families, and more specifically grandchildren and grandparents, can come together to build their family story or stories. Similar to making an album of photos, this platform will be a place where people can have personal accounts to store any collected photos, interviews, writings and other remnants of their family history. Soon, your personal account would become something like a virtual "Cabinet of Curiosities".

However, to make this a more tangible experience, the online accounts of collected items will act more as a resource for building objects/products. Children and grandparents can browse through the collected items on their accounts to be inspired to make a particular story into more. The option to create a story into an illustration, book, video, music, or performance will also be provided with guidelines and other app tools to facilitate in the making process. 

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In summary, this idea is first simply a way to digitally store and collect family stories in forms of photos, objects, writings, recordings and more.

To turn this simple platform into something more, we provide creative ideas and resources in transforming one's collection into creative activities and projects.

                                IDEAS FOR CREATIVE MAKING OF STORIES

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"Only a child can know what a child is interested in……"  - from the video.


8/7/2016 - Organization

8/5/2016 - Titles and inspirational additions 

8/3/2016 - online platform photo and title feedbacks

8/1/2016 - Description and website wireframe update 

7/30/2016 - Title feedback, presentation


What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

[update 8.1.16] Harvard Ed portal students, Shiying and Ashley, were interviewed and assigned with a task to collect a family story. Both of these students interviewed their parents. Ashely wrote a story about her father and wants to make a documentary video about her father. Shiying posted an interview session about her mother on StoryCorps and wants to make an animation about her mother, most likely using animation coding on Scratch.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Please share your stories here! We would love to start filling in requests to help you start your accounts and also archive your stories! Title Feedback - Please Vote! 1) I Remember when 2) Recollect 3) Once Upon a Time

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User Experience Map


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Hi Jess! I wanted to quickly share some feedback we recently received from our sponsors and advisory panel: "We love that your idea is kid-centric. They're such an important part of this conversation and topic. Another part we're a fan of: the fact that your idea ties in family history in a fun way and the focus on storytelling. We can't wait to see it evolve! We're wondering if the name of the overall idea might embrace those pieces a bit more than the fairy tale component it currently focuses on."

We look forward to seeing the exciting progress your idea will make during this last week of the Refinement phase!

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Joanna Spoth Thank you! 
I recently updated the project and listed a title voting. To clarify, I hope this was the title feedback was what was being referred to? I still listed it in the presentation, but in the description, a list of options are listed for commenters to vote. Please let me know your thoughts! 

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It's a great way to get more feedback on your title! Thanks for incorporating our feedback. :)

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How about a name that suggests more of what a kid gets to "Family Story Cabinet"
Also your project reminds me of (which isn't targeting kids at all).

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