Tell a story, make a child happy, and get a link back as a reward!

Story time in a kindergarten classroom in Mari...

Story time in a kindergarten classroom in Marina, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seeing the immense success I’m having so far in getting people tell stories to children around them, I started to think of ways to make the process even easier and to give some reward to those willing to do the extra step of registering with us after telling a story to a child close to them.

I’m perfectly conscious that most of you who read my posts may already tell stories to their own children or to their close little ones relatives . So why would you bother to register to my blog and tell me that, right? Isn’t everybody reading stories to their kids anyway? Well, according to a study of the University of California, only 47.8% of children between birth and the age of 5 are read to everyday by their parents in the United States. I have to admit, this is a study dated of 2007, but quite honestly, do you really believe this has improved since then? I don’t.

All this to say, that the very first phase of the Millions of Stories project is to raise awareness around this fact. To do so, we need something big, we need a lot of persons unifying together behind a huge and noticeable goal, i.e. telling 1 millions of stories to children all around the world.

Skeptics, now I hear you thinking : “1 millions of stories that’s already impossible to achieve and now he talks about this as being the first phase or the project? Crazy!”. No, no, I’m not crazy, I strongly believe this can happen and that once this first phase is completed, a world of possibilities will then open in order to further expand to bigger events, such as many Storytelling Events if you recall one of my first post about those.

But, back to earth now, we need to start with the first milestone. It’s very easy, trust me. I just need 6 more persons, 1 per continent, willing to tell a story to a child and register with us. I already got North America covered, but nonetheless, I’m still accepting registration from there too. The next step is to ensure coverage in every country after all!

To make it easier and more anonymous, in case this can be a concern for anyone, I created an easy-to-fill form for registering.. The only 3 questions to fill are the following:

  • Which story did you tell to a child for this project?
  • In which continent are you based?
  • In which country are you based?

You don’t even have to provide your name, e-mail or any personal information! This project is not about collecting your personal information, it’s about telling stories to children and making them happy, that’s all! That reminds me one of my tweet few days ago : “I have nothing to sell, just happiness to giveaway!”. That’s true! ūüôā

The questions regarding the continent and country are simply to allow me to keep track of progress through the goal because, not only do I want to have 1 million stories told all around the world, but I want to have at least 1 story told in each and every country and therefore in each and every continent as well. That includes Antarctica!

Finally, last but not least, the reward! That’s right, there is a reward. As you register, if you provide a link to your web site or blog, I promise to post at least one link back to your site in a summary post about the project progress. I may even post it multiple times if it is relevant to some of my other posts. Think of this link-back as being an investment. Today, because this project is starting, the net result may not be that big, but just imagine what my search-engine ranking (and therefore yours) will be when the goal will be reached! Think it through carefully before passing by this great opportunity!

So, really, registering with us becomes a win-win-win situation. By order of importance…

  1. Win for a child who got to share an happy storytelling moment
  2. Win for you with an increased score in search-engine ranking
  3. Win for the project Millions of Stories in getting closer to its ultimate goal.

What are you waiting for then? Tell a story, any nice story, to a child and : Be part of It, Join Us!

Taking a step back… to better move forward!

It’s been 12 posts and the same number of days since I started this blog. I started it with an idea in mind, i.e. I wanted to let the world know about a great project I have : Millions of Stories. I did not suspect however how your feedback was going to help me framing up this project.

So far, I’ve been writing mostly in 2 categories : Think About It and Make It Happen. The former meant to explain my dream and the reasons I believe so much that this is what I am in this world to do. According to my little blogger experience, this category has been successful. I’ve got a few likes and views in this category from my very first post and regularly in the next ones as well.

Although the success of the posts in the second category (Make It Happen) is not as great, the overall experience for me is fantastic! Together, the overall feedback tells me a lot already.

Lessons Learned

  • There are people out there who think my project is great and who like the idea! Nice!
  • There is a fantastic community of dreamers currently blogging in WordPress and ready to provide feedback on others’ ideas. Many bloggers actually already made their dream happen (from whom I can take example), other are going to make it happen (like me) and other will just keep dreaming because that is what they want to do (we should never stop dreaming!).
  • On my end, I still have some work to do to better frame the project before the wheel can get started. The bloggers’ feedback will help me do that over the next couple of posts, great!

That being said, thanks for my early supporters, you really made a huge difference already, believe it or not!

I was not able to find the blog address for all of you. I’m pleased to add it back if you let me know the URL.

That being said, it’s time for more feedback… ūüôā what is your ideas on how to use stories to make children love books and create happiness in their lives?

I dream, therefore I am… going to tell 1 million stories to children all around the world

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.

The Earth seen from Apollo 17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As far ago as I can remember, I always loved reading books. I started looking at comic books even before I could read. I learned to read with the Smurfs (which I still own and am now passing to my daughter for the same purpose). I have awesome recollections of reading good novels at the country house of my parents during many summer vacations when I was a teenager. I learned Spanish reading Mafalda, Garfield and Condorito (Chilean comic book). Books helped me pass through the difficult moments of my life and allowed me to fully enjoy the best moments as well.

My daughter recently learned how to read and is enjoying books as much as I was at her age. To me, this is fantastic and I’m proud of it because I consider that giving her this passion was the best gift I could giver her. The passion of reading will be with her forever and will help her during her whole life. I have no doubts about that.

At the same time, I know that many children in the world do not have the chance my daughter had and may not be exposed to books like we both were. I want to make a difference in the life of those children. I want to tell them stories, show them how books can take them into the fabulous world of their imagination, how interesting they are and the million things they can learn by reading a book.

I want to give out 1 millions gifts for this project. This is why… I dream, therefore I am… going to tell 1 millions stories to children all around the world!

4 easy steps to reach 1 millions stories told to children all around the world

Step Pyramid

Step Pyramid (Photo credit: Ed Yourdon)

All rights! The fun starts now. In order to tell 1 millions stories to children all around the world, we need to start somewhere, right? Here are 4 simple steps to get there…

  1. Start telling 1 story in each and every continent – that’s 7 stories – Easy!
  2. Then tell 1 story in each and every country – that’s 196¬†more stories – Manageable!
  3. Then tell 1 story in each and every major city in the world – that’s 4,360 stories – Challenging!
  4. And finally, tell 1 story every 2 weeks in 10 schools of each of the major cities over the course of 1 year – that’s 1,133,600 stories! – Wow!

We’ve then over achieved our goal and brought happiness in the life of more than 1 million children in the world. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Ready? Let’s start with step 1, 1 story per continent. This shouldn’t be too hard. I already have viewers, likes and followers from North America, Europe and Asia. I’m then only missing South America, Africa, Australia and Antartica.

Want to be in? Hurry up, it’s as easy as 1,2,3. Check out the 3 easy steps under my page Be part of it, join us!

Telling 1 million of stories to children, are you kidding?

That’s a lot of stories, right? But, when you think of it, it’s not that much. How many children do you think there is in the world?

Take a look a the map of children population from worldmapper.org. You’ll see that there are close to 2 billions of children in the world.

Reaching 1 million of them means reaching 0.05% of the world’s children population. Ah! Not that bad, then! ūüôā

But, that’s not going to happen by itself, thus why the Story Ambassadors are key to the success of this adventure.

Anyway, we got to start somewhere, right? How about you tell a story to your children tonight?

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Are you a Story Ambassador?

You + Me = We

You + Me = We (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Are you in fact a Story Ambassador ignoring himself? If you are a parent telling stories to your children from time to time, your are, in a sense, a Story Ambassador. You may not have read 1 million stories yet, but you are already bringing happiness in the life of your children. You are already creating this very special moment with your little one which he will remember for the rest of his life. In short, you are already giving them the best gift a parent can give to his child: the interest in books and eventually, the desire to learn how to read by himself.

As elifesmeaning wrote so well : You are a Storyteller… how about becoming a Story Ambassador? The line between the two maybe thinner than you may think…

The Storytelling Events

German children performing a tale with selfmad...

German children performing a tale with selfmade puppets Haus der K√ľnste in Frankfurt (Oder), around 1992 (Uploaded by Tilman Piesk – the boy with the hand puppet on this photo.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I went to Chile few years ago for Christmas, I was amazed to assist with my daughter to a puppet show organized by the neighbors for the whole neighborhood. In Chile, Christmas is in summer, so it was a beautiful weather day and the show was held outside at the public place.

There was probably 50 children or more from all the neighborhood sitting in the middle of the place, listening for the show. That was an amazing moment for me, my daughter and for those children.

The lives of some of these children is not always easy, far less easy then mine has been. But at this very moment, while watching this puppet show, I could feel that nothing else existed for those children. For the few moment the show lasted, they forgot everything else. They were laughing together, enjoying this very special moment.

Even after the show was over, many children stayed at the public place and played together continuing to enjoy the moment for quite a while.

In My Story Dream, this is really how I envision the 1 million Storytelling Events organized by The Story Ambassadors all around the world.

My Story Dream

Dream

Dream (Photo credit: jbelluch)

 

If you were lucky as I were, your parents told you stories almost every day when you were young and you have nice recollections of your father inventing a story just for you, or of your mother showing you an amazing book. Maybe now, you are also a parent telling stories to your own children and just enjoying this extraordinary moment you share with your little ones. Just like I am now.

 

This is where my own dream was born. In my life, I also had the chance to travel around the world quite a bit already and I can’t stop telling myself that every single children in the world deserve to be told stories like I was.

 

There comes Millions of stories, aiming to tell more than a 1,000,000 stories to children all around the world who unfortunately are not currently experiencing this great feeling of being taken into another world in their books where everyone is happy and nice things happen.

 

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