HiStory aims to use the concept of storytelling as a means to foster the social inclusion of older people. Older people have interesting stories to tell. Talking about their personal stories to others helps to maintain their confidence and self-esteem and keeps them socially and cognitively active and connected.
However, we see not only a benefit to the people telling their stories. It is also valuable for other people to hear the authentic stories. Potential user groups are the relatives that get to know better their beloved ones and their own heritage, pupils in history lessons, individual tourists or professional caregivers who can improve care through knowing the history of their clients. Furthermore, HiStory promotes real «participatory democracy» in documenting our heritage. The solution will be constructed from existing building blocks: story recording, story sharing, story authoring, story consuming and connecting through stories.