Human Library

"Read openly" or "speak like a book"


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About the project Edit

The initiative by the Danish association "Stop the Violence", aims to facilitate meetings and exchanges between people of different cultures, traditions... Through its human library. The concept is to have two people meet face to face for a short encounter, the first person will take the role of "reader" while the second will have an "open book". For approximately 30 minutes, a living book will tell a story about themselves.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The project aims to humanize reading, open libraries, (which are usually quiet places) and encourage communication.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

This project allows people and audiences of different nationalities, cultures and traditions to meet, communicate, exchange and share information. In addition, it places oral communication at the centre.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

The idea set off in Denmark and has already gained acceptance in 27 countries (there are also permanent human libraries). In 2009, Calgary hosted the largest human library since its inception. Therefore, the project has strong development potential. Nice interpretation.

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