About the project

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for meeting new people, finding ways to connect and uncovering their stories. Nearly everyone has at least one interesting tale to tell.

I launched AsTheySaid in early 2017, while based in Leiden. Inspired by the American oral historian Studs Terkel and his “Working” project, I started interviewing Leidenaars about their jobs, probing for the kernels of truth and wisdom that emerge when people open up about one of the central activities of their lives.

AsTheySaid is now widening its focus to include stories told by people from other parts of the Netherlands and Europe. The blog is also features innovators from around Holland, with plans for additional series in the works.

I hope you enjoy these stories, and welcome your feedback. You can reach me at jadoxey@gmail.com

John Doxey

John Doxey