StoryCorps Founder Dave Isay Wins $1 Million TED Prize


The creators of the painstakingly produced narrative form of our time–the TED Talk–are handing over their big prize to another intrepid storyteller: Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps. The groundbreaking oral history project will receive $1 million from TED to launch Isay’s wish, an audacious ambition-cum-megaproject that he’ll announce on March 17 at the 2015 TED Conference in Vancouver. Isay joins a diverse list of past TED Prize-winning “exceptional individuals” that have ranged from Bill Clinton and E.O. Wilson to culinary crusader Jamie Oliver and street artist JR.

Launched by Isay in 2003, StoryCorps “celebrates the dignity, power, and grace that can be heard in the stories we find all around us,” including the crowd-pleaser “Danny and Annie” (below). “Under Dave Isay’s leadership, StoryCorps has given nearly 100,000 Americans the chance to record interviews about their lives and leave a legacy for the future,” says TED’s Chris Anderson. “I am thrilled about this winner, excited to see how TED and StoryCorps will collaborate, and eager to see how we can pair an incredible idea with a global community.”