The Human Library initiative is designed to challenge society’s prejudices and help people understand those with whom they share their community. In a human library, the ‘books’ are people who represent groups in the community who may have experienced stigma or prejudice based on such things as religion, ethnicity, occupation, disability, social status, sexual orientation, etc.
In a safe and secure environment, the library allows borrowers (the public) to ‘check out’ a human book for 20 minutes, and in a specified space, the borrower can ask questions to gain a better understanding of the life of that individual and some of the challenges / stigma that people in similar situations might face.
Splice delivers Human Libraries in Aotearoa New Zealand, however The Human Library™ is an international organization and movement that first started in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2000. It aims to address people's prejudices by helping them to talk to those they would not normally meet. Visit humanlibrary.org to find out more.
Check out the upcoming Human Library on UN International Day of Peace in Auckland Sept 21st 2019. More details to come.