The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers, a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.
The creator, Ronni Abergele wanted to make his dream come true. A Tolerant world of differences that is open to learn and take advantage of the knowledge understanding diversity gives us. The principal goal is to ensure that The Human Library does it part to make this word a better place by offering a chance for challenging stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.
We can find The Human Library in more than 70 countries in the world.
Let’s start with the simple stuff. This concept works. The Human Library™ actually does what it says it will do and what it was designed to do. It helps build understanding for diversity by providing a framework for real conversations about important issues.Open and honest conversations that can lead to greater acceptance, tolerance and social cohesion in the community. Real people in real conversations within a framework setup to help facilitate and accommodate the process and it rappresentinnovative approach to challenging stigma, stereotypes and prejudices through a non confrontational and friendly conversation.It s also helpful for the groups in the community that are stigmatized and to help bring about platforms that support a greater understanding of diversity and social cohesion.
The creator simply ask us: “How are we to understand each other, if we do not have the opportunity to talk to each other?”
The answer we should find in human books with various names:
Hiv, Bipolar, Molested, Deafblind, Naturost, Convert, Refugee, Alcoholic, Polyamorous, Sexuallu abused, Brain Damaged, Solidier (PTSD), Young single mother, Autism, Body mod extreme, Unemployed, Muslim, Adhd, Homeless.
Let s take an example of a BODY MOD EXTREME
“I am not someone to be afraid of and I fully understand that my look can be overwhelming to some people. But then dont be shy, come on over and ask me. I am not going to bite.”
To see a person with extreme body modifications on the street is steadily becoming more and more common in big cities. The lifestyle has a firm grip in its community members and to someone on the outside it can seem very extreme. Those kind of people are connected with many stereotypes such as ideas about criminal and gang related activities, masochism, devil worship and issues with mental illness. The book revealed that readers usually ask him questions such as: Why do you do it? When did it start? Does it hurt to look like that? Are you into devil worship? What does your parents say? Are children afraid of you?