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! 🙂
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…
- Win for a child who got to share an happy storytelling moment
- Win for you with an increased score in search-engine ranking
- 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!
My father used to invent stories for me all the time. I remember sitting on his laps and asking him the kind of story I wanted to hear. To me, these moments are among the best souvenirs of my childhood.
My father was inventing stories about a little boy (that was me!) living some cool adventures in a variety of places I couldn’t even imagine.
I was sitting on his laps, listening attentively to the story, amazed some time, with some fear at other times, but always pleased to share this exceptional moment with my dad. During these moments, as a super hero or as any other character my dad was inventing, I was felling powerful and able to do anything of my life. That was a fabulous feeling for a little boy, a fabulous gift my father was giving me!
Every single children in the world deserve that an adult invent a story in which he or she is the main character. Even if it happens only once in the life of a child, it can end up changing his life, I’m convinced about that. This is what I want to giveaway to more than 1 million children in the world.
This project only needs to start with 7 parents enjoying to invent or tell stories to their 7 children.1 parent and 1 child in each continent of the world. That’s all it takes to start and that’s how we can show the world how we enjoy telling stories to our own children. That’s how the word will spread. The rest will come by itself with only a little bit of help. We can end up making a huge difference for millions of children in the world.
It only has to start somewhere!
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.
- 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!
- Cristian Mihai
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… 🙂 what is your ideas on how to use stories to make children love books and create happiness in their lives?
Tonight, I told a short version of Toy Story 3 to my little 3 years old boy. He was sitting on my laps, looking attentively at the book, just before going to bed. We both enjoyed this very special moment. We laugh together, I tickle him from time to time, give him some kisses while telling the story and he loved it.
To me, this is probably the best moment of the day we share together. In the morning, we’re too much in a hurry to go to kindergarten and then to work. We don’t see each other for the whole day, then when I come home late, my wife and the kids already ate dinner most of the time. Then we needs to clean things up, give the bath to the kids, finish the homework of the older sister, etc. Just like most parents with little kids, we’re running all over the place from 6 am to 7 pm all days of the week.
Bedtime stories are almost the only time of the weekdays when we can fully enjoy the moment with our kids. A true moment of pure dad and boy time. At this time, nothing else matter, we’re together!
Tonight, then, I decided that Toy Story 3 was going to be the very first story told for my project Millions of Stories. I admit it, that was not at all an effort for me, not even a small one. Who cares? The only thing that matter really is that by telling my son a story, I ended up sharing an awesome moment with him and I made him happy.
This is what I’m dreaming for the 999,999 other children who will be told a story during this project.
Already telling stories to your kids? Tell us by registering on our Be part of it, join us! page
“Six degrees of separation is the idea that everyone is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.” (Source: Wikipedia, Six degrees of separation).
Isn’t that powerful? When you think of it, spreading the word and convincing 1,000,000 of persons to read a story to a beloved children shouldn’t be that hard after all! It’s just a matter of starting the wheel and spreading the word to the right persons. We just need a few passionate books lovers willing to share their passion with a little one for few minutes and done!
In a previous post (4 easy steps to reach 1 millions stories told to children all around the world), I suggested that the first step was to get 1 story told in each and every continent, that’s 7 stories. I do have friends living around the world, so let’s see if I could do this first step only by myself.
- North America – I can take care of this one – easy!
- South America – I have family in Chile – sounds good!
- Europe – I have friends in Germany – great!
- Asia – My best friend from university lives in Hong Kong – nice!
- Africa – A few of my work colleagues are born in Africa, they must still have relatives over there – doable!
- Australia – Oupps! I’ve been there visiting Sydney a while back, but I do not happen to know anyone right now by there. Anyone? Do one of you, reading this post, know someone who may know someone who may know someone (up to 6 times) who lives in Australia? I’m pretty sure the answer is yes (actually, I’m sure!). If you are not convinced, share this post with all your friends and we’ll see.
- Antarctica – There is probably not much children in Antartica, but there must be at least one, I’ll have to do some research there. Worst case, I’ll have to go! My son would be crazy going there and having his father read him a story sitting on an iceberg. On top of that, he loves penguins! 🙂
So, that looks like a quite good start, isn’t it? I’ll take care of 1 to 5… any volunteer to help with Australia and maybe with Antartica as well? Come on, that will take you only few minutes. 🙂
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!
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…
- Start telling 1 story in each and every continent – that’s 7 stories – Easy!
- Then tell 1 story in each and every country – that’s 196 more stories – Manageable!
- Then tell 1 story in each and every major city in the world – that’s 4,360 stories – Challenging!
- 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!
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! 🙂
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 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.