5.14.2010

Human Library?


- Have you ever read a man?
-Man? I do know how to read books, but how can I read a man?
- You should go to Human Library...
In our world very many interesting projects about stereotypes. But Human Library, I think, is the most important and interesting.
What is the Human Library?
The Human Library is an innovative method designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding.The main characteristics of the project are to be found in its simplicity and positive approach.
In it’s initial form the Human Library is a mobile library set up as a space for dialogue and interaction. Visitors to the Human Library are given the opportunity to speak informally with “people on loan”; this latter group being extremely varied in age, sex and cultural background.
The Human Library enables groups to break stereotypes by challenging the most common prejudices in a positive and humorous manner. It is a concrete, easily transferable and affordable way of promoting tolerance and understanding.
What is a Living Book?
Most likely a majority of readers will find that Living Books are people just like you and me. But for different reasons they are subjected to stereotyping and prejudices. They are open about, who they are and prepared to share their experiences. That would be a short description of something that is exactly that and so much more. A Living Book is a person, that has chosen to be a public representative of a certain group. An example of how people can be, if only minds are open long enough to find out, who and what they really are. But before anything else, they are couragous people that stand by their convictions and are willing to discuss their values with others. As in books are most, they are wise.
Take out your prejudices
Working with the Human Library you realise that everybody has prejudices. We don't believe, that there is a single person on the planet, who can truly say they are free of prejudice. A person daring to make that claim, you could argue would then become the target of prejudice or stereotyping. Because making up our minds about something, is our basic way of navigation through our world and daily life. If a person behaves strangely on the street, we are often quick to convince ourselves, that such "abnormal behaviour" must be caused by some sort of mental disorder and/or drinking problem. A common thought about overweight people, amongst people who are not overweight themselves, is that we tend to judge and think: "Have you no shame, or no mirror?". Must of us not knowing or even considering, that the person may be perfectly comfortable and happy with their current size and shape. Far from all overweight people are unhappy with their weight, and so we could go on for hours with other examples that would apply to the rule.
How to become an organizer
Once you have decided you want to organise a Human Library, you need to contact the Human Library Organization. We will then send you an Event Application Form to be filled out. When your event has been processed you will recieve a letter confirming the terms for your use of the artwork, methodology and concept. This to ensure quality in events, synergy in the brand and to avoid political or commercial abuse of the concept.
Here video about Human Library made by guardian.co.uk
See you later!



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