In the midst of this incredibly difficult and often tragic period in human history, what curious, funny, interesting, unusual, weird, inspiring things have you done, experienced, or witnessed during the Covid-19 pandemic? What is the "new normal" for you?
The Covid Story Project is a platform for anyone touched by the Covid-19 pandemic to share their experiences during this unprecedented global crisis with each other and future generations. Many of us have been shut in our homes, socially isolated, but still finding ways to connect with one another. Others of us - our essential workers - are spending long hours putting their lives on the line to keep the critical infrastructure of our society functioning, and to them we are eternally grateful.
And at the same time, life goes on, with the particular quirks and adventures of quotidian life that are unique to this moment. We are collecting those kinds of anecdotes and recollections as short (2-4 minute) audio recordings to remind ourselves of the diversity of human experience in moments of hardship.
You can talk about anything you want, but here are some possible categories to help you think about what you want to record:
Recording your story is easy and only takes a few minutes. All you need is a phone, tablet or computer, an internet connection, and a microphone.
A word about Memria.Org
Curating Stories of Consequence
Memria.Org was founded in 2017 as a way to help organizations collect, curate, and share stories told in the first-person. We work all over the world on projects that range from truth-telling in post-conflict Colombia (VivaVoz) to collecting stories about a small community in upstate New York (MyAdirondackStory). In general, we seek nonprofessional storytellers who narrate their own experiences, recollections, or observations in short audio recordings in response to questions. We also use these tools to help collect feedback in audio formats.
Sharing stories to build a better world
This project is a labor of love. We do not intend to make any money, although we accept donations (click here to donate) to help cover the basic costs of the project. When a story is submitted, the project managers will listen to it first before deciding whether to publish it. We have full discretion over whether and when to publish or not publish stories based on any criteria we deem relevant to the success of this project. Most stories will be published, edited, and/or shared on this website and various social media outlets. Please do not include private, confidential, or sensitive information in your story, and try to avoid using names that would identify another person. Children under 13 are not allowed to submit stories. We will reject vulgar, obscene, or offensive materials. We do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, or any other forms of threatening, discriminatory, or hate speech.
Let us know if you have additional suggestions for other projects worth knowing about
Allows people to submit memories and social media posts about those who have passed away; can submit directly to the website or by using #covidmemorial
Wired series collecting week-by-week personal histories on themes like surviving COVID-19, living in New York and being part of a faith community in the midst of the pandemic
Collects stories from healthcare workers in conflict zones (currently Syria and Sudan) ... soon to incorporate a COVID focus too
Initiative to collect digital records (emails, journals, images, recordings) documenting personal histories of Chicagoans during the pandemic
Using the Rapid Response collecting model developed after 9-11, the Smithsonian is collecting digital records, photographs and objects to add to their permanent collection
Collects oral histories by phone and tele-conferencing to help individuals and communities in Indiana express their understandings, hopes, beliefs, and values about the pandemic
Collects writings, photos, videos and artwork to document the Hoosier experience of the pandemic
Collects stories of how women, transgender and nonbinary students at Brown University are experiencing the pandemic
Collects data and narratives from New Yorkers during the pandemic, including essential workers and decision makers
Gathering stories of U of A students, faculty, and staff and Arkansas residents
Works with organizations to find, develop, and share good, persuasive stories and discovery, create, and communicate insight and meaning.
Collects personal narratives of Missouri residents experiencing changes to their daily life, work, sense of normalcy and interactions with others
Soliciting self-recorded narratives about life during the pandemic from people in Central and Southern Appalachia and the surrounding region
Preserves the materials and stories that demonstrate how Western Pennsylvanians are continuing to communicate, work, commute, learn, teach, create, pray, celebrate, mourn, and give aid to others
Collects biographies, memories and photographs of those who have lost their lives to coronavirus
Arizona State University project that collects images, audio histories, video, text and files of people's experience of the pandemic
Private university in Pennsylvania that collects audio diaries of students' experiences during the pandemic and airs them on its college radio station
Collection of physical mementos and digital files of Atlanta residents living through the pandemic
Collecting stories of Michigan residents in conjunction with the Historical Society of Michigan
Invites people to write and submit a diary of their daily life in Middletown, Indiana during the pandemic
Invites Illinois residents to submit digital records, memories and stories about life during the pandemic
Inviting Wisconsin residents to keep a journal (any format) for a set period of time for submission