myStory.com - an online autobiography for everyone
myStory is a portal that allows people (including elderly) to create a biography of their life in a easy and convenient way. As a gift to love ones, myStory addresses the need for people to make sense of their lives as they draw near to the end.
As people age and become more acutely aware that the end is drawing near, they may have a desire to somehow make sense of their journey and to leave something more permanent behind for their loved ones. Famous people usually have someone write their biography, but for the average person, that process is probably too expensive and complicated. Although many elderly people have started participating in social networks, the format of these social networks are not inherently structured in a way that makes sense as a biography. Social networks tend to be a mash of photos, random thoughts and some personal details. myStory on the other hand, provides a structured template that is designed to help people express their journey in life and their true and deepest thoughts as they come to terms with death. By having different templates, the portal caters to both novices as well as advanced users of IT, allowing every single person to write their own biography before they pass on. The biography can be kept private, with an electronic queue given to a loved one who can unlock it upon the death of a person. myStory can also be linked together in a family tree, allowing the history and genealogy of a family to be preserved generation after generation.
How might your idea scale and spread to reach as many people as possible?
Have a couple of famous people use the portal to create their own stories. People will be curious, read about those stories, and be inspired to create their own. It can also be offered as a form of therapy to patients who are severely or terminally ill, allowing them to document their thoughts as they go through this difficult time. Since this is an online platform, it can go global from day one.
How might your idea attract and involve partners from health care, business, government, nonprofit or other sectors?
Healthcare providers can offer this as a form of therapy. In fact, family of the elderly person can chip in to help complete the biography, making it a form of bonding and joint activity that takes the focus away from dying.
How might you design an early experiment or prototype to further develop your idea?
Get some elderly people together, give them materials to piece together a story of their lives. If they get excited and engaged in the process, and derive satisfaction from the end result, than the concept of myStory is validated.