Take One Small Step, Columbus - StoryCorps
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Take One Small Step, Columbus

One Small Step brings strangers with different political views together to record a 50-minute facilitated conversation—not to debate politics, but to learn more about who we are as people. 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.

One Small Step is currently focused in Columbus, GA and a few other communities across the country, where we are working closely with community partners and civic leaders to showcase the potential of the initiative. To participate, apply to be matched. If you’d like more information before applying, visit FAQs about One Small Step.

All Time One Small Step Participants

Across the United States


Next Milestone: 5,500

Hear a One Small Step Conversation from Columbus

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Partner With Us

StoryCorps is looking for partners who can enlist their constituents to record interviews. If you are interested in working side-by-side with StoryCorps to capture these community-changing conversations, please contact us at [email protected].

One Small Step in the News

One Small Step Connects Political Opposites (News 3, September 13, 2023)
Hey Columbus, will you take One Small Step? (Ledger-Enquirer, September 13, 2023)
Marcus and Blank Partner for Conversations (Atlanta Jewish Times, October 11, 2023)

One Small Step Events in Columbus

OSS Columbus is partnering with both the National Infantry Museum and St. Thomas Episcopal Church to record in-person conversations. To sign-up for a conversation at either venue, complete the following questionnaire:

National Infantry Museum
St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Support StoryCorps and our One Small Step Initiative

Support the power of mending divides through listening and talking openly with each other by making a gift to StoryCorps today.

Apply to be matched

Most of our interviews use StoryCorps’ virtual recording tools to facilitate conversations between strangers. Our priority is to match you with another member of your local community, but due to demand and availability, you may be matched with someone in a different city or region.

To participate, apply to be matched. If you’d like more information before applying, visit How to Participate or FAQs about One Small Step.


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.

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