Anddd, this title sounds like a pickup line...Good job, Raashi. Whoops.
The things that happen when you try to get creative :P
I found something that I thought was SUCH an incredible idea a while back, and just really wanted to share it with you guys!
So, about 15-16 years ago (it's crazy that 2000 is that far back now!) a guy named Ronni Abergal launched the 'Human Library'.
Like at any other library, you can check out a book on a certain topic for a period of time. The difference - the "book" is now an actual human being that you can have a conversation with, form a connection to, and learn from.
Isn't this just such an incredible idea? It is things like these that are so refreshing, stimulating and restore my faith in humanity.
I know that sounds super dramatic if you just read it plainly, but I think I mean that it's so endearing (and heartwarming!) that people of all different backgrounds, ages and lives, can sit down together for an open, honest conversation.
(Just saying that makes me smile ☺️ )
Source: Human Library Organisation
Abergel has said: "I figured that if we could make people sit down with a group attached to a certain stigma they don't like or even know about for that matter, we could diminish violence.
"Books" range from people who are deaf, blind, transgender, obese, homeless, autistic or a refugee - and more! This concept has travelled all over the world and is now in 70 different countries!
"Sometimes you see someone in the supermarket and think things about them, but you don't dare go ask them questions," Abergel said. "I wanted to build a space where you can ask them anything because they volunteered to answer."
A woman in Wisconsin brought her two sons, aged 11 and 13, to check out a book titled "International Woman, Leader of Color, Gender Justice" earlier this year - and told TODAY.com all about why:
"When else would my sons get the opportunity to hear a woman from Ghana speak about her experiences with racism after moving to the predominantly white city of Green Bay, Wisconsin?"
A book volunteer in the library, Adam Jackson, a black man adopted by a white family at 6 months old, also told TODAY.com:
"It was harder than I thought it would be to share my story...I did get a bit emotional, but I'm so happy I had the opportunity to enter the conversation on diversity in a meaningful way."
Things like this, they give me chills.
100% visiting a Human Library is now one of the things I have to check off in the lifetime.
What do you guys think of this initiative? What kind of "book" would you love to hear a story from?
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