Ever since the world has gone digital, emotions have taken a back seat as we all are somewhere and somehow forced to become more programmed than be real. Many wouldn’t agree to the fact, but sadly this is the truth. And amidst this programmed robotic world, are books, which we believe since a long time, are a man’s best friend. But what if a book is replaced by a human, literally? What if you could listen to the stories and not just read them? Wouldn’t there be an exponential addition of emotions, values and oneness?
Mumbai chapter of Human Library …such feelings were experienced by many, recently at an event held at Title Waves in Mumbai. The popular concept of Human Library was brought to the city, by Andaleeb Qureshi. It is an extension of the event which is conducted across the world by volunteers, who are a party of the Human Library association, invented by Ronni Abergel. It is a one of a kind interaction and engagement platform, where you (the reader) can experience the stories of a person (called the book), and interact with them.
Birth of an idea… The idea was born and developed in 2000, in Copenhagen (Denmark), as a project for Roskilde Festival by Abergel, his brother Dany and colleagues Asma Mouna and Christoffer Erichsen. As the team says, “the concept of Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. It is a place where real people are on loan to readers, and a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.”
Want to nominate a person/book? One can nominate a person as a book via their Facebook page, by filling out the form. Also, if you wish to be a part of the team, then you can send an email with your profile to email@example.com
Frequency of the event… The event will be held on a monthly basis, and the frequency of the event might increase soon in the near future.
Our city and the world needs more such events where we all can come together and bring about a change for the better, in our society. For more information about the foundation, do check the Facebook page and the website.