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Prayerbox

Prayerbox was a religious social networking website that allows users share prayer points and testimonies with their friends and people from around the world. It launched December 10, 2014, it worked for religion. Users could create accounts and post prayer requests which were seen by the people in their network and other users of the website. In place of a retweet or like button, users could say amen to prayers; when prayers were answered, a user had the ability to post a testimony, seen by people who interacted with the particular prayer. The website grown at its early stage of launch and had over 100,000 active users. Churches were allowed to create pages through which they could connect with their congregation. Beyond sharing prayers and testimonies, Prayerbox allowed users pay tithes, offerings or donations directly to their churches through a secure payment channel; the idea was founded by Nigerian programmer Adebambo Oyekan Oyelaja and is funded by 440.ng a startup accelerator based in Lagos, Nigeria.

It did get a mention on Forbes. Prayerbox - official site http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2015/05/10/here-is-a-nigerian-social-network-that-allows-you-share-prayers-with-friends-and-strangers/ http://www.cp-africa.com/2015/04/21/meet-oyelaja-oyekan-the-entrepreneur-behind-prayerbox-a-new-app-aiming-to-be-the-twitter-for-religion/ http://disrupt-africa.com/2014/12/nigerian-startup-prayerbox-twitter-religion/ https://web.archive.org/web/20150726205444/http://www.humanipo.com/news/47525/ourprayerbox-com-allows-christians-to-share-prayer-points-testimonies/ http://www.aleteia.org/it/tecnologia/articolo/cosa-essere-prayerbox-5824453036474368 http://www.repubblica.it/tecnologia/social-network/2015/05/13/news/twitter_religione-114254879/ http://techcabal.com/2015/03/24/adebambo-oyelaja-i-learnt-to-code-because-i-love-building-things/ http://pulse.ng/tech/religious-technology-prayerbox-co-founder-ceo-speaks-with-pulse-tv-id3695951.html http://pulse.ng/tech/prayerbox-young-nigerian-techpreneur-interviewed-by-forbes-id3741626.html http://www.geektime.com/2014/12/16/nigerias-prayerbox-co-is-a-social-network-that-caters-to-devout-christians/ http://ventureburn.com/2015/03/social-media-religion-startup-prayerbox-connects-nigerians-churches-online/ http://connectnigeria.com/articles/2015/01/20/meet-the-boss-oyelaja-oyekan-prayerbox/ http://innovation-village.com/nigerias-religious-startup-prayerbox-co-records-over-42000-users/ http://yngvns.com/web-design/gods-twitter-prayerbox-co-fuses-religion-and-social-media/ http://techmoran.com/prayerbox-co-wants-africas-twitter-god-fearing/#sthash.

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National Life Stories

National Life Stories is an independent charitable trust and limited company based within the British Library Oral History section, whose key focus and expertise is oral history fieldwork. Since 1987 National Life Stories has initiated a series of innovative interviewing projects funded entirely from sponsorship and individual donations; each NLS project is archived at the British Library and comprises recorded in-depth interviews, plus content summaries and transcripts to assist users. Alongside the British Library’s oral history collections, which stretch back to the beginning of the twentieth century, NLS recordings form a unique and invaluable record of people’s lives in Britain today; the proposal for NLS was first developed by Paul Thompson and Asa Briggs in 1985-6. The project for a ‘National Life Story Collection’ had a number of distinct features, and it was intended to'record first-hand experiences of as wide a cross-section of present-day society as possible' combining recordings with both elites and a cross-section of ordinary men and women.

During 1986 Thompson and Briggs recruited a distinguished body of trustees, including Baroness Ewart-Biggs, Penelope Lively, Austin Mitchell, Sir Russell Johnson MP, Robert Blake, Elizabeth Longford, Professor Peter Laslett, Professor John Saville and Jack Jones. Advisors included Melvyn Bragg. Other important early trustees included the property developer Jack Rose and the first Treasurer, Peter Hands. With Lord Briggs as Chairman and Paul Thompson as Director, an inaugural meeting of the National Life Story Collection as a company was held on 11 November 1986, registration as a charity was obtained in October 1987. Initial endowment funding for NLS came from Paul Thompson’s gift of a Henry Moore sculpture, sold in 1987, as well as donations from the Wingate Foundation and the Nuffield Foundation. NLS gained the early support of Dr Christopher Roads, Director of the National Sound Archive and in return for archiving interviews, NLS was given a free office in the National Sound Archive and technical support.

The appointment of a Curator in Oral History, whose role would be to work with the National Life Story Collection, was made in late 1988. The first projects established were City Lives, The Living Memory of the Jewish Community and Leaders of National Life. Artists’ Lives, established in 1990, is the longest running continuous project, with more than 350 interviews. In 2005 National Life Stories was adopted as a trading name. NLS was conceived to have two spheres of activity. One sphere was the creation of a ‘Life Story Archive’ of manuscript autobiographies. However, the main focus was always to be the creation of a ‘National Biography in Sound’, a collection of recorded and transcribed interviews of two kinds. All NLS projects were to follow the in-depth life story approach, starting with family background and childhood, moving on to education and leisure and the community; this methodology has continued to be followed for projects, each NLS interview averages 8 to 15 hours in length. Early projects The first NLS project was Leaders of National Life which began in 1988 and, still added to occasionally.

The project aimed to ‘record autobiographical interviews with leading British men and women covering their life experience as a whole’ with subjects selected from all fields – including politics, administration, the professions, culture or religion – in order to achieve a balance. The project aimed to collect interviews with those life stories had not been recorded or published; as well as the Leaders of National Life project, funded from NLS’s core funds, NLS sought to undertake ‘Special Collections’ with funding sought from professional associations and other institutions - this is the model, used since. One of the first of these projects was City Lives, which began in 1988, it was led by Paul Thompson and by Cathy Courtney. City Lives was funded from within the City from smaller donations, but including an important grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation; this project resulted in a unique collection of nearly 150 in-depth interviews of the financial elite of the City of London. The project culminated in an exhibition of memorabilia and photographic portraits of City interviewees at the Bank of England Museum, in the publication of the book City Lives: The Changing Voices of British Finance, edited by Cathy Courtney with an introduction by Paul Thompson.

A follow-up project, focusing on Barings Bank began in 2009 in partnership with the Baring Archive. Another ‘Special Collection’ begun in 1988, was The Living Memory of the Jewish Community.