The Oral History and Education Project of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies and the Gallup Institute for Global Well-Being: A Way to Honor Distinguished Researchers and to Preserve their Legacies—The Alex Michalos Interviews
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The Oral History and Education Project of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies and the Gallup Institute for Global Well-Being is described along with specific, step-by-step procedures and guidelines for planning, conducting, and disseminating oral history and educational interviews with pre-eminent research scientists and exemplars of service to others. An illustrative “case” of interviews with the pre-eminent scholar, Alex Michalos, winner of Canada’s Gold Medal Award and president of Academy II of the Royal Society of Canada is presented. The Project’s goal is to produce oral histories and educational interviews with the top researchers in the fields of quality of life, well-being, social indicators, positive psychology and other sciences, in order to preserve their academic legacies, share their findings worldwide, and encourage a new generation of researchers, scientists, and oral historians. Those conducting these interviews may claim their interviews as publications in the fields of the history and teaching of psychology and sociology and oral history as long as these interviews remain available through a university, academic society, college textbook company, or university archivist. It is hoped that this article will inspire and guide others who may wish to emulate this work.
KeywordsOral history Happiness Subjective well-being Well-being Quality of life Life satisfaction Positive psychology Sociology Economics
The author gratefully acknowledges the invaluable assistance of Ed Diener, Martin E. P. Seligman and Richard Estes of the University of Pennsylvania, M. Joseph Sirgy of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Thomas Charlton the official archivist of Baylor University and Director of the Texas Collection, Dr. Rebecca Sharpless of Texas Christian University, the Baylor Institute of Oral History, including Elinor Maze and Lois Myers, ISQOLS, Dr. Sheila Kearney of the Gallup Institute for Global Well-Being—formerly the Gallup International Positive Psychology Center, and Sheila Marie Sanchez of Springer.
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