What is One Small Step?
One Small Step is a recording initiative where participants are paired with a stranger from across the political divide to have conversation about their lives. These conversations are an effort to move beyond labels and to begin to see each other as human beings. In doing this, we can begin to mend the fraying fabric of our nation — one conversation at a time.
Much like traditional StoryCorps interviews, conversations recorded through One Small Step will typically last about 40 minutes and will be archived at the Library of Congress, where future generations of Americans will be able to listen to them.
But unlike traditional StoryCorps interviews, participants can also have an opportunity to bridge geographical divides using technology. In partnership with local public radio stations, StoryCorps will offer the chance to record One Small Step conversations between individuals in separate studios, in different cities, with remote facilitators.
How do I sign up?
You can sign up for One Small Step by adding yourself to our email list here. After signing up, we’ll send you a screening questionnaire, which will help us match you with a partner. If you're matched with a partner, our staff will reach out to schedule your recording. Please note that the wait times to be matched can vary. To read more about why, click here.
What if I already have a partner in mind?
If you already have a partner in mind, we ask that you both fill out the screening questionnaire, which you can access once you sign up for our email list here. There is a field in the screening questionnaire where you can name your preferred partner. This is important because it gives our team each participant’s contact information and ensures that both parties are in fact interested in participating.