Museum of the Person

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see also Museu da Pessoa

The Museum of the Person: an International Network of Life Stories

Because one story can change the way you see the world

The Museum of the Person’s international network links individuals and groups through authoring and sharing life stories. Museums of the Person are located in Brazil, Portugal, the USA, and Canada.

We believe that the world will be a better place if we affirm the universal value of the individual human life story and the necessity for a global community of tellers and listeners.

OUR VALUES

The members of the international network believe that:

• Every life story has value and is part of social memory;

• Every person plays a role as an agent of social change;

• Life stories lead to a better understanding between peoples and cultures.

OUR MISSION

Contribute to make every person’s life story valued by the society

OUR VISION

A more just and democratic world built on the memory of persons from all segments of society

OUR CHALLENGES

Use

To define the best uses of the collection of stories so as to promote action towards understanding, education, positive public policies, community building and social justice.

Means

To create infrastructural, technological and methodological solutions that allow life stories to be collected and used in the most varied of actions by the most varied of groups, irrespective of all forms of difference.

Network

To consolidate and continuously expand the global network and trigger new initiatives while widening the scope of work in each country.

Local to Global

To construct an open and active network of life tellers/listeners on the web and in communities all over the planet.

WHAT IS A MUSEUM OF THE PERSON?

The Museums of the Person are virtual museums that collect, preserve and share life stories for social change. To be a Museum of the Person is to be locally responsible for the democratization of social memory and for the dissemination of the local life stories in a global level.

The Museums of the Person are co-responsible for the network collaboration.

They share:

• Mission, vision, principles;

• Common visual identity;

• Common methodology.

OUR EXPECTATION

New Members We expect to expand the network, by creating new Museums of the Person. They will participate as contributing members of the growing network through the sharing of information, support, resources and ideas.

Partners We invite interested individuals, groups, communities, organizations and governmental sectors to support our network.

MUSEUM OF THE PERSON AND THE OUR STORIES PROJECT

Stories from the MP projects will be part of Our Stories; they want to develop a platform that will connect the net of the MP projects and other organizations which want audio and video and text stories to OS and other online visualizations.

August : many questions from them about 'methodology and training and implementation in schools'

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