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Visit the Human Library in Copenhagen: A Safe Space for Personal Conversations

A deal by , 4. Jan. 2021 5:01 am

The Menneskebiblioteket, or Human Library, is a non-profit organization based in Copenhagen that for about 20 years has been involved in "publishing" human books and creating a safe space for personal conversations involving two people who do not know each other, sitting one facing each other. Each "book" has a cover, a more or less controversial stereotype that we can deepen by talking directly with the person who in some way represents it and who directly tells us about her experience.

Thus we find "books" that address topics such as alcoholism, bipolarity, extreme body modifications, unemployment, post-traumatic stress disorder, and many others, with the aim to learn more about the individual argument, fighting prejudice, and, as the motto says, "unjudge someone".

The origin of the particular human library dates back to 2000, as an on-site project linked to the Roskilde festival, the most important live (not only musical) event in Denmark. Over the past 20 years, it has evolved into projects around the world, with the first permanent library opened in 2006 in Australia and various openings and participation in events over the years.

The main office, where the management of the non-profit organization is also present, has remained in Denmark, in Copenhagen, but thanks to local partners it has been possible overtime to make the idea known in 85 countries around the world on five continents.

Visit the Human Library

Visit the Human Library in Copenhagen: A Safe Space for Personal Conversations