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The Human Library

from France 24

At the ‘Human Library’, everyone is an open book

The Human Library Organization

Copenhagen (AFP)

At the “Human Library”, you can “loan” a person to tell you their life story, an original concept born in Denmark that is designed to challenge prejudice and which has spread around the world.

Iben — a quiet 46-year-old sexual abuse victim with mental health issues who doesn’t give out her last name — is one of eight “books” curious people can loan on this autumn day in Copenhagen.

For 30 minutes, you can ask anything you want, either one-on-one or in a small group.

“The Human Library is a safe space where we can explore diversity, learn about ways in which we’re different from each other, and engage with people we normally would never meet… and challenge your unconscious bias,” explains Ronni Abergel, the project’s garrulous initiator.

He created the living library in 2000 during the Roskilde music festival and went on to build a non-profit organisation.

The concept has since found its way into more than 70 countries.

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Posted on October 21, 2021 by Editor

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