To embark on the journey of creating your family business history is akin to a cross-country road trip. Let us be your trip advisors.

JUMPSTART YOUR 
FAMILY STORY

This is a short consultative project that can be done as part of a family weekend retreat or as a stand-alone consultative engagement. We facilitate a legacy or history conversation with your family. These early conversations include identifying the purpose of the project and preparing the family leader who will oversee the project.

In addition, we assist the family in evaluating who the project is for and what creative forms the project might take. At the end of this phase you'll have a clear idea of which format (or combination of formats) your family history should take, whether a documentary, memoir, anthology of first-person stories, podcast, or audio/video archive. 

CREATING YOUR
FAMILY STORY

This is the rolling-up-the-old-shirtsleeves phase. Often family archives are scattered among family members in different locations. A first step in this phase is identifying what family legacy assets are actually available and who has what. A second step is identifying who should be interviewed for the project.

Often family members worry that the older generation may pass before their stories get told. We assist your family in conducting the research to identify which story or stories to tell. Ultimately the project's form (a book, a documentary, or an anthology, for example) will shape how the stories are told.

At the end of this phase, your family will have a roadmap for moving forward. If the family decides to write a book, they will end this stage with a provisional outline. If the family decides to produce a documentary, they will end this stage with a provisional script that identifies the key interviews to conduct in the production phase.

PUBLISHING YOUR FAMILY STORY 

There are many forms that a family story can take. The final deliverables depend on the purpose of the publishing and the intended audience.

We recently published a founder’s memoir, for example, that printed only 50 hardbound copies for the family. Another family created a documentary and a coordinating book of first-hand accounts. The print run of the book was around 250 copies for family members and key stakeholders.

For families who wish to do the actual publishing themselves, we provide a coaching service that walks the family project leader through each of the publishing phases. For those who want to partner with an agency, we publish various types of videos, podcasts, and books, including:

  • Documentaries;
  • Memoirs;
  • Anthology of first-person stories;
  • Podcasts;
  • Audio archives;
  • Digital libraries; and
  • A video collection of stories.

PUBLISHING YOUR FAMILY STORY 

Many are the forms that a family story can take. The final deliverables depend on the purpose of the publishing and the intended audience.

We recently published a founder’s memoir, for example, that printed only 50 hardbound copies for the family. Another family created a documentary and a coordinating book of first-hand accounts. The print run of the book was around 250 copies for family members and key stakeholders.

For families who wish to do the actual publishing themselves, we provide a coaching service that walks the family project leader through each of the publishing phases. For those who want to partner with an agency, we publish various types of videos, podcasts, and books, including:

  • Documentaries;
  • Memoirs;
  • Anthology of first-person stories;
  • Podcasts;
  • Audio archives;
  • Digital libraries; and
  • A video collection of stories.
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VIDEO COLLECTION OF A FAMILY BUSINESS'S HISTORY

The CEO of a century-old family business engaged Journey Sixty6 to create a documentary and family legacy book to preserve the family business’s history. After completion of these two projects, the CEO wanted to capture the unused stories from the documentary and share these stories with family members. Journey Sixty6 organized the remaining videos into a chronological anthology. The anthology is broken into 19 thematic stories that capture the business’s struggles, major transitions, and successes while also preserving the family's memories while they still exist in the minds of the living.

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