Monday, May 16, 2016

Human Books

Ever Read a Human Book?

Books offer wisdom and adventure.  So do people.

FolkHeart Press recently learned about a new twist on this old theme!!!

The Human Library, according to an article on Good Net written by Mirele Mann.

Much like a typical library, at a Human Library a ‘reader’ checks out a person who is knowledgeable on a specific topic. The reader then has an allotted amount of time to ask the person questions and learn about the topic.

It started in Denmark as a social movement. The Human Library - “Menneskebiblioteket” - was developed in Copenhagen in 2000 as a project for Roskilde Festival by Ronni Abergel and his brother Dany and colleagues Asma Mouna and Christoffer Erichsen. The goal was to encourage dialogue to challenge stereotypes and prejudices. Human books on the ‘shelves’ include law enforcement officers, veterans, single parents, refugees, artists, alcoholics, and more.

To date these unique and very, very personal storehouses of knowledge and experience is now available in more than 70 countries. 

Over time more institutions, including schools, have become interested in the project. In some cases the support has become long-term.

In this way, the Human Library offers human interaction that are unique. Questions can be asked and answered in a non-threatening and non-judgmental way. Reportedly that information can provide insights and dispel myths.

According to Ronni Albergal, the founder, this project is designed to honor diversity which can lead to finding common ground.

Though perhaps unconventional, Human Libraries may just be exactly what’s needed to break barriers, erase labels, and bring people together. After all, you never know what you can learn when you read between the lines.

The Human Library is always looking for ‘new books’. Interested in being one? Click here.

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