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Storyhouse is a story-capture service committed to helping you and your loved ones gather and preserve the memories you hold most dear. Our personal historians conduct in-person interviews at your home or family gathering, then produce timeless videos, books and websites to help you share your stories now and for generations. 





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Live Oak Legacies is a 2014 LIVESTRONG Big C Semi-finalist!

Ben Leffler

Launched by the LIVESTRONG Foundation in 2014 to generate innovation and improve the lives of those living with cancer, the Big C “is a global competition open to entrepreneurs, trailblazers, technology whizzes, fashionistas, medical geeks, game changers and anyone with an audacious product, service or innovation that helps those facing cancer today.”

The inaugural competition drew over 750 entries from 31 countries in a variety of fields, and after the first round of cuts Live Oak Legacies was selected, along with 167 other semi-finalists, to move on to the next round. “All 168 entries have the potential to be game changers in improving the lives of people affected by cancer now,” said Heather Wajer, VP of marketing at the LIVESTRONG Foundation. “We’re so thrilled with the quality of the entries and are lucky to have so many entrepreneurs interested in helping cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.” 

In the semifinal round, each project will be paired with a cancer survivor mentor, who will support each venture and offer insight from the perspective of a potential consumer. 20 projects will be selected from the semifinal pool to advance to a venture accelerator round, which focuses on each projects’ next phase of development. Five finalists will be announced on September 29th, and each team will present their work during LIVESTRONG Foundation's annual Ride for the Rosesevent. A total of $140,000 will be awarded to the top 60 teams, with the winner taking home $25,000.

Live Oak Legacies is honored to be involved in such a positive and impactful event and recognized alongside the other wonderful semi-finalists. We're thrilled by the prospect of helping families who are dealing with cancer, capture and preserve their stories. 

A full list of the semifinalists is available here, and you can read more about the Big C competition here.

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Seniors Share Stories and Help Students Learn English

Ben Leffler

Anyone who’s learned a foreign language knows that the best way to sharpen your skills is to talk with native speakers, and a recent venture by public relations agency FCB Brazil has taken the concept to amazing new places.

Looking to capitalize on the benefits of language exchange, FCB Brazil teamed up with CNA language school in Sao Paulo to create the Speaking Exchange Project, which unites Brazilian students with Americans living in the Windsor Park Retirement Community in Chicago to video-chat online.

So far the project has been a resounding success! The students benefit from practicing their English with native speakers, and the seniors get an opportunity to teach and share their amazing stories and life experiences with a new audience. Both parties get to make new friends and experience a culture beyond their walls, and observers of the program have been pleasantly surprised with the emotional depth of the conversations and strong connections they forge.

It’s often easy to feel like technology is driving a generational wedge through society, but stories like this remind us that computers and smart phones give us more avenues to connect with one another than ever before. Click here for more information about the Project to see excerpts from these remarkable conversations. 

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