New York, NY, June 29, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services has launched a new Podcast series of conversations entitled “Listen for a Change: Personal Stories that Strengthen our Community.”
The Listen for a Change podcast concept was inspired by two previous projects. In London, the BBC has a successful radio and podcast program called The Listening Project – which in itself was inspired by the American audio project, entitled Story Corps: Sharing and Preserving the Stories of our Lives.
The structure that is followed to create the podcasts is simple. Two people agree to have a conversation about a particular topic. There is no agenda, no rehearsal, no preparation, no special questions provided by OHEL. The conversations are totally spontaneous and unplanned. The individuals who agree to be recorded will not be identified by their real names and will not be seen by the audience since this is an audio presentation. So in essence, individuals are given the opportunity to speak freely and without the fear of being seen, identified or recognized. To date, all those who have participated have noted how unfettering and emotionally cathartic the experience has been.
OHEL’s Listen for a Change has already recorded many fascinating conversations.
To cite a few:
• Two twenty-something individuals and friends, Devora and Yonatan, talk about their experience in getting divorced at a very young age.
• Jason and Mark, both members of a Jewish Gamblers Anonymous group, share a most revealing conversation about their gambling addiction, and on-going battle to confront it.
• Chani and Howard, two individuals with mental illness, have a candid discussion about their desire to get married and their experience with the dating process.
• Avi and Yitzchak talk about their lives as 2Gs: Second Generation Holocaust Survivors.
Listen for a Change invites you to sit back and listen. It provides a healthily reversal of what we are most used to doing: talking more and listening less. Listening requires discipline and the commitment to the process of truly listening, processing and absorbing the conversations of others. We have been given only one mouth, but two ears. Perhaps this means we should be exceptionally mindful of listening to others and learning and growing from their experience.
The Podcasts are available on iTunes and at www.ohelfamily.org/podcasts.