Our Purpose

Purpose

Respect and empathy

Beliefs

Wisdom comes from life experience.

Stories transfer resilience and values to the next generation.

Every person’s story is a piece in the mosaic of human history.

We have the capacity to grow, heal and redirect the course of the future.

We naturally empathize with people whose stories we know.

Silence doesn’t change lives; our stories do.

Vision Statement

Expand respect and empathy in the world through the collective power of our life stories.

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Image taken of the Life Story Library Advisors at the First Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. 2013

Mission Statement

Collect, save and share the personal life stories of our time as valuable recorded history. Support authenticity, reflection, personal growth and collaboration.

Slogan

Preserve the past. Nurture the present. Transform the future.

Scope

International in scope. Local in practice.

Values on Which We Base Our Decisions

Authenticity

Seek truthfulness with self. Respect and empathize with others.

Emergence

Find purpose. Uncover wisdom. Open to possibilities.

Engagement

Deepen involvement. Bridge divides. Expand relationships.

Principles That Guide Our Interactions

Enlightened Self-Interest

Act to further the interests of others, trusting that self-interest will ultimately be served.

Dialogue

Courageously tell and purposefully listen to each other.

Self-organization

Behave together spontaneously in an effective response to events.

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