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The Human Library - hosted by NOVA
Thu 11 May 2017, 11:00 – 17:00 BST
You’re invited to Ladbroke Grove’s first Human Library!
In partnership with the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation, NOVA are going to be hosting a ‘Human Library’, part of an international movement that promotes social contact to challenge prejudice, exclusion and discrimination.
Just like in a real library, a visitor to the Human Library can choose a Book from a range of titles. The difference is that Books are people, and reading is a conversation. The Human Library provides a safe environment for people to engage in dialogue that has the potential to challenge prejudice, stigma and discrimination. It raises awareness of the multiple circumstances that can lead to bullying, abuse and hate crime and takes positive action to address it.
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The broad range of titles that a Reader will be able to choose from reflects the diversity of our communities and raises awareness of how prejudice can affect multiple people for many different reasons. Human Book titles acknowledge or provoke those potential prejudices, and challenge the Reader to discover the person behind the label through a short and respectful conversation.
The Human Library has the potential to positively change the attitudes and opinions we have towards members of our communities who are at risk of exclusion and marginalisation. By challenging multiple prejudices within any community, the Human Library is a great equality and diversity model, and an innovative way to challenge prejudice and discrimination.
The Human Library was created for the 2000 Roskilde Music Festival by a group of Danish activists who formed in response to a violent hate crime. Their idea was to use the language and mechanism of a library to facilitate conversations that challenge prejudice, thereby reducing the risk of tension and violence.
From a base in Copenhagen the creators and founders of the Human Library movement have helped it to grow steadily across the world and is now active in over 60 countries and we’re excited to bring it to you in Ladbroke Grove.
If you would like to know more, please get in touch with Aimee Ling: firstname.lastname@example.org