READ­ING BE­YOND BOOKS: LEARN­ING THE BA­SICS OF HU­MAN LI­BRARY

April R. Man­abat

PLAI Congress 2018 Program - - PARALLEL SESSION -

De La Salle Uni­ver­sity Manila Email ad­dress: april.man­[email protected] Ab­stract

Cre­at­ing pos­i­tive frame­work for con­ver­sa­tion is the pri­mary fo­cus of the Hu­man Li­brary. Started in Copen­hagen, Den­mark in 1993 through the “Stop the Vi­o­lence” Move­ment and was then re­al­ized in Roskiled Fes­ti­val in 2000, the Hu­man Li­brary aims to chal­lenge stereo­types, de­crease prej­u­dices, and pro­mote di­a­logue and un­der­stand­ing among peo­ple of di­verse back­grounds. De­signed to have real hu­mans as “books”, the hu­man li­brary pro­vides a unique and in­no­va­tive means of “read­ing” sto­ries and in­ter­re­lat­ing with peo­ple thru real-life con­ver­sa­tions, shar­ing life ex­pe­ri­ences, and putting them­selves in some­one else’s shoes. With its gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity and un­ques­tion­able rel­e­vance in mak­ing a so­cial dif­fer­ence, it has been adopted in dif­fer­ent coun­tries. In the Philip­pines, the very first Hu­man Li­brary was suc­cess­fully held in De La Salle Uni­ver­sity on 14 Au­gust 2014 with 10 hu­man books. Now on its 13th ses­sion at the uni­ver­sity, the pro­gram has fea­tured more than 80 hu­man books of di­verse back­grounds, in­clud­ing LGBTQs and ex-con­victs. The Hu­man Li­brary con­cept is rel­a­tively new in the Philip­pines. This pa­per aims to pro­vide in­sights on how to start a Hu­man Li­brary and be on board with this world­wide move­ment of break­ing stereo­types and re­duc­ing prej­u­dices. Key­words: Hu­man Li­brary; so­cial en­gage­ment; so­cial change

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