CHECK ME OUT
The Human Library lets you CHECK OUT a person and hear THEIR story – just don’t JUDGE these BOOKS by their COVERS.
How are we to understand each other if we don’t have the opportunity to talk to each other?” This is the question Ronni Abergel, a Danish journalist and one of the creators of the Human Library, posed.
In 2000, Ronni and his brother, Dany, held the first Human Library event in Copenhagen as part of Roskilde Festival. Fifty people made themselves available as ‘books’ to be borrowed, and more than 1000 ‘readers’ checked them out over four days. Now, there are chapters of the Human Library around the globe and events have been held in 70 countries.
The idea of the library is to foster conversations between people who wouldn’t ordinarily come into contact with one another in order to break down stereotypes, reduce stigma and create social cohesion within the community.
Readers can borrow ‘books’ on topics such as depression, body modification, HIV and homelessness. Tough questions are not just tolerated, they’re welcomed.
A Human Library TV show debuted in Denmark this year, and a series of posters depicting their ‘global bestsellers’ was produced in partnership with Danish communications agency Kommunikationsbureauet København to celebrate 15 years of the project spreading around the world.
Meet some of the ‘books’…