Friday, July 2, 2010

Bringing Generations Together Through the Power of Old Photos

We are living longer and for some of us we will be healthier.  But many people live in social exclusion from other generations.  In the 1950's - 1960s 7 out of 10 families 3 generations or more lived together.  Today that statistic has dropped to 1 in 10.  Social Exclusion - this loss of culture and history is having a big impact on our society.  So how do we reconnect in this digital age?

One organization We are What We Do has a belief that small actions multiplied by lots of people will equal big changes.  I believe they are correct.  One of the laments I have heard often is I don't know what to talk to my grandparents about.  "Action 132: Share a Piece of Your History.  Part of the campaign for getting generations to hang out."

We are What We Do developed Historypin in partnership with Google.  Historypin lets you upload your pictures and the stories behind them onto a digital map.  For alll intents and purposes - making a digital time machine.

Lets have a get together: bring photos, family, computer and memories.  Go through the stories and retell the events pick some you would like to share and put it on the web.  There are different privacy settings - private to public.  I think it is a powerful tool to get generations talking about old photos.


  1. Cool. I'm going to try it. Thanx for posting this. Rosemary

  2. I think I saw a spot to click for following your blog, but then it disappeared. What happened? I guess I will have to try again another day. Rosemary

  3. Okay, this one works differently than others. The Follow box only comes up when I go to post a comment. So now you have 3 from me. :)

  4. Rosemary,
    Thanks for posting. I am glad you are following thank you.

    If you liked this post you might like my educational blog. There are a lot of websites and technology applications on it.

  5. What a great site! Thanks for the link.


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