We had a recurring segment on Dailysonic (my old podcast) called 30-Second Life Stories. I used to walk around NYC with a mic in hand, asking total strangers to tell me their stories.
Here's a snippet, in case you're curious...
I'm a sucker for stories. Especially when they humanize the storyteller, or bring people closer together, or make people grateful, or make people feel warm and cuddly.
I had built a similar sort of system for Appalachian Trail hikers, and was excited to get involved with another awesome storytelling tool.
Karyn & Lila's plan is to put up signs in interesting places all over the city. The signs list a phone number, and invite people to listen to stories about a place... or record their own.
The duo have also started interviewing people in the neighborhoods Lake Claire & Candler Park. They've collected some great stories so far. My favorite one (so far) is about chasing down a runaway birthday party pony through the streets of the city.