Our collective history not only informs our contemporary cultural traditions, perspectives and behaviors, but it also provides us with a shared sense of memory tying us to places, times and other people. The result is a virtual compendium of ideas and inspirations for problem solving, using real-life experience as a roadmap.
Thankfully, the dedicated people at our libraries and historical societies have spent years aggregating and sharing the photos, stories and memories of those who have experienced history first-hand. And today, our collective memory is even easier to capture than ever, thanks to technology advancements.
You can start within your own family. Ask your relatives and neighbors young and old to share a meaningful story from their family’s history. Have your mother write down the famous bread recipe she knows by heart. Find, research and save family heirlooms – or any objects or touchstones your family ties to the past.
Tell us how you’ve used collective memory to create meaningful change in the world.