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Singular Stories Leave a Legacy   The unique story of your family or business spans generations. Your experiences are the latest chapter in that narrative, one that will inspire your descendants for decades to come.

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Whether your goal is to capture a personal, family or business narrative, we can help. We work closely with you to develop a professionally researched and produced chronicle that will be part of your legacy.

Family Memories

Today, many families are scattered around the country, or even around the world. With every passing year, even family members with the best of intentions begin to lose touch. The rich family experiences and lore that once bound them together begin to fade and become distant, half-remembered stories; and family ties may further weaken as older family members pass away.

Business Stories

As businesses and organizations grow, add staff and broaden their geographic or product focus, they move further from their roots. Over time, a business risks losing its origin story; of the challenges it faced along the way. Clients, competitors and the general public—even a company’s own employees—may lose sight of the culture that inspired that success and how it informs a company’s commitment to social responsibility.

Impact Stories by Singular Stories

Impact Stories

Your organization—be it a family foundation or trust, a nonprofit, or a corporation’s social responsibility division—also has a story. Your work toward building a better world is a key reflection of your organization’s values and identity. Stories about your mission’s impact are a powerful way to demonstrate your organization’s aspirations and commitment to improving people’s lives.

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Where you’ve been teaches you a lot about your destination.

It’s human nature to wonder where we come from: the people, places and events that shape us. That’s the reason many families or organizations pass on stories about the challenges and triumphs faced by their ancestors or predecessors. These narratives can be the most significant legacy a parent or business leader passes down to the next generation.

Why have a written history?

Our research shows that those who choose to preserve these legacies attribute their decision to a mixture of five key motivations:

  1. Focusing on their history helps them understand how their past resonates in their lives today
  2. Preserving these stories sharpens a sense of identity and family or organizational unity
  3. Understanding our history reveals what we truly value, and points to ways to stay true to those ideals
  4. Providing them with insights into the resilience, courage and creativity of past generations, and emphasizing these as a source of inspiration
  5. Teaching the next generation about how they fit into the family or organization’s journey

Is it possible to DIY?

Crafting a narrative that honors your family legacy or the history of your business demands a lot of time, energy, and organization. To start with, you will need to articulate your goals for the project, draft a list of the questions you will ask the people you need to interview, schedule times to talk with each person, transcribe those conversations, and collect and catalog documents. Above all, you’ll need to organize all that research and sit down and write.

Life and all its responsibilities can get in the way of all these tasks. An acquaintance of ours began interviewing aging family members and sorting through mounds of photos, documents, and letters. It was slow going, and she felt overwhelmed by all the information Throwing up her hands, she decided to put the project on hold, for “When I have more time.”

The Importance of an Enduring Narrative

  • “It isn’t unusual for high net worth clients to want to leave their children and grandchildren something more lasting. One way they do this is with a Letter of Wishes, as part of estate planning. In addition to a will they can offer some final words and stories for their heirs. Often these are narratives that emphasize family unity and how character, discipline, and values make them who they are. The assets they leave behind are secondary.”

    Joseph Kolb
    C.F.P Wickford Wealth Management, Rhode Island
  • “Your story is the greatest legacy that you will leave to your friends. It’s the longest-lasting legacy you will leave to your heirs.”

    Steve Saint
    Entrepreneur
  • “To hear her words…this is worth more than anything. This is priceless.”  Speaking to Henry Louis Gates in Finding Your Roots, he was visibly moved by a rare first-person oral history of life under slavery, in the words of his own great great aunt, a formerly enslaved woman.

    Pharrell Williams
    Songwriter and Music Producer

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Every project we undertake shares some key stages, although we will customize these for each client to ensure we deliver precisely the kind of engaging and memorable narrative you seek.