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INTRODUCTION

Many of us remember with pleasure the time spent on grampa's legs, listening to his stories and making sure not to lose one single word of his adventures.
By sharing their memories their experiences became our experiences, their mistakes our mistakes, and their goals our goals. These stories were passed from generation to generation to keep memories alive and to teach younger people the value of a life spent according to different habits and traditions.
As we grow up we feel even more the need to turn towards the elderly, the need to talk to them, the need to listen to the stories of their lives.

When we find the time to sit down with them, we discover an extremely fascinating world. The Memoro Project wants to bring a bit of this magic to everyone. The video is the chosen media because it transmits the meaning with a "pure" message: the voice, the expressions, the gestures of each protagonist are part of their story that cannot be lost.
Internet is the chosen media to spread the videos because only the web has such a flexibility, availability, accessibility and it also guarantees to anyone the possibility to contribute to new content. And, last but not least,
Internet is the media of the new generation, the custodian of our featured memories.

WHAT IS THE MEMORO PROJECT

The Memoro Project is a non profit online initiative dedicated to collecting and divulgating short video recordings of spontaneous interviews with people born before 1940. An editorial staff identifies and authenticates the material uploaded by the volunteers involved in the project.
Memoro the Bank of Memories is a no profit project born in August 2007 in Italy. The first website www.bancadellamemoria.it has been launched on the 15/06/08

OPERATION

The Memoro Project is nothing more than a collection of classified content.

What makes it special is the contents itself.

The featured material is collected in two different ways: there are the interviews made directly by the Memoro's staff, and those made voluntarily by people all around the world. All of them are easily uploaded on the website after a careful overview made by the editorial unit that does some basic editing work and classifies the interviews by their subjects, authors and themes. When possible, the videos will be uploaded in high definition for a better quality.

Collaboration ad hoc with local organizations will be taken in consideration in order to deepen the knowledge of particular historical and cultural heritages.

Finally, a special section online will be dedicated to the sponsors, and to their memories. Our idea is to offer them to interview their older employees in order to collect stories related to their companies. As all the others, these videos will be available on the website.


ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT

Memoro the bank of memories, wants to be a project capable of generating cultural and economic wealth.


This wealth is not cumulated but distributed: the cultural resources are shared by making the interviews available online and the economic resources are used to pay the work of people involved, create territorial initiatives and supporting the growth of the international program. This model must be sustainable. These are the ways:

1) Sponsors: Memoro the bank of memories gives the Sponsors the opportunity to become part of an event that contributes to the preservation of a socio-cultural patrimony. Our idea is to offer them to interview their older employees in order to collect stories related to their companies. As all the others, these videos will be available on the website. Example available here (http://www.memoro.org/it/sponsor/peroni/index.php). If you are interested in more info please contact us

2) Public Administrations and Local Organizations: building paths or special to deepen the knowledge of particular historical and cultural heritages. A new way to save and share the knowledge. Examples available here: Italy (http://www.memoro.org/it/speciali.php) Spain (http://www.memoro.org/es-es/speciali.php)

3) Donations: everyone can support our project!!! We try to do our best to keep this project alive, any help is important. See how to donate here (http://www.memoro.org/it/donazioni.php)



Donazioni
Support the project:
help us to preserve memories and make them available on the web for free.
Help us grow!
Send us your interviews, tell us the stories of the people closed to you.
Memoro summer trip to the Rhein, click here for details
Italian Tour 2009
Chasing memories riding a Vespa: 16 cities in 16 days.
Click here for dates.
USA Tour 2009
From Boston to Washington. A 3 weeks trip seeking for American memories.
Italian Tour 2008
30 cities in 30 days. Click here for photo gallery and trip journal.