Created by StoryCorps, One Small Step is an effort to remind the country of the humanity in all of us, even those with whom we disagree. The initiative brings strangers with different political views together to record a 50-minute conversation—not to debate politics, but to learn who we are as people. Audio recordings of each interview are archived at the Library of Congress.
How to Participate
Anyone from across the United States can participate in One Small Step. Choose a region then get started by completing our matching questionnaire.
Want to learn more about One Small Step and how you can help bring your community together—one conversation at a time? Join our email list.
Featured Voices from One Small Step
- Learn all you need to know about OSS with Frequently Asked Questions.
- Watch a video overview of One Small Step.
- Read about what’s been going lately with OSS on our blog.
- After recording a conversation, see 10 Steps to Stay Involved in One Small Step.
- To go even deeper, learn about other organizations working to bridge divides across the country.
One Small Step in the News
- StoryCorps Has Made Me Much More Hopeful about Humanity (VPM, February 3, 2023)
- Dave Isay Believes in the Power of Conversation (Wall Street Journal, March 10, 2023)
- Dave Isay Interview on The Hill’s “Rising” (The Hill, June 14, 2023)
- One Small Step Bridging the Political Divide (KSN, July 4, 2023)
- Hey Columbus, Take One Small Step (Ledger-Enquirer, September 13, 2023)
- Wichita State and One Small Step (WSU Forward Together Podcast, October 10, 2023)
- Research Demonstrates Success of StoryCorps Project (Current, October 17, 2023)
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One Small Step is made possible by the generous support of The Hearthland Foundation, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, The Marcus Foundation, the Walmart Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Fetzer Institute, Stand Together Trust, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Robins Foundation, New Pluralists, and Schwab Charitable Fund made possible by the generosity of Present Progressive Fund.