The Human Library
The Human Library project is fascinating and worth exploring if you’re into community building or just appreciate great ideas.
In a human library, you can ‘check out’ a person, usually for 30 minutes, and just have a conversation about who they are and what they do. It sounds a little odd but here is an example of the human books recently made available at Toronto libraries. People on the front lines of today’s city issues. Contributors to Toronto’s arts and culture scene. Veterans and survivors who are rebuilding their lives after war. Entrepreneurs making it in today’s competitive world. The people on the front lines of human health.
The History of The Human Library
Once upon a time in Copenhagen, Denmark. There was a young and idealistic youth organisation called “Stop The Violence”. This non-governmental youth movement was self initiatied by the five youngsters Dany Abergel, Asma Mouna, Christoffer Erichsen, Thomas Bertelsen and Ronni Abergel from Copenhagen after a mutual friend was stabbed in the nightlife (1993). The brutal attack on their friend, who luckily survived, made the five youngsters decide to try and do something about the problem. To raise awareness and use peer group education to mobilise danish youngsters against violence. In a few years the organisation had 30.000 members all over the country.
In 2000 Stop The Violence was encouraged by then festival director, Mr. Leif Skov, to organise acitivites for Roskilde Festival. Events that would put focus on anti-violence, encourage dialogue and build relations among the festival visitors. And the Human Library was born, as a challenge to the crowds of Northern Europes biggest summer festival.
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