It is a place where real people are on loan to readers.
The Human Library aims at establishing a safe conversational space, where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and hopefully answered by the Human Book on loan.
Human Library Hyderabad chapter started in March 2017 with 10 Human Books in its Book Depot. Today, the Books depot has grown to 58 Human Books. Conducting more than 26 events across the city and different educational institutions in the country, we have fostered more than 2,200 conversations challenging stereotypes.
We're raising the money to cover the expenses of our city event to be held on the 5th of August and the consequent events for the next one year.
The Human Library Hyderabad program provides all its events completely free to the public. However, behind the scenes, there are expenses. Contributions enable us to cover logistical expenses for these events. Also, with funds in our hand, we will be able to release a yearly calendar of all the HLH events.
3 REASONS TO FUND THIS CAMPAIGN
- Give an opportunity to the people from various social groups to understand each other in a positive environment through dialogue
- Contribute to making people find connections in each other's experiences
- Help us reach more people and plant inclusiveness and understanding in a constantly divisive society
The Book at the Human Library is a person who has volunteered to challenge prejudice through respectful conversation with members of the public, who borrow them.
The Books represent different social groups in our society concerning lifestyle choices, race, sex, age, ability, sexual preference, gender identity, class, religion/belief, or other aspects of who they are.
You can check out our Book Catalogue here: http://www.humanlibraryhyderabad.com/book-catalog/
The Books in our Book catalogue are courageous, articulate and fascinating individuals challenging one or more stigmas from the following pillars of prejudices: Religion, ethnicity, gender/sexuality, health, social status, abilities, occupation, lifestyle and ideology.
History of The Human Library Organization
The Human Library was developed in Copenhagen in the spring of 2000 as a project for Roskilde Festival by Ronni Abergel and his brother Dany and colleagues Asma Mouna and Christoffer Erichsen.
It was designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue and since then it has remained the same for all the subsequent Human Libraries all over the world.
The movement has spread to more than 80 countries in the span of 18 years.
More about the Human Library Hyderabad
Human Library Hyderabad organizer, Harshad Dinkar Fad, believes that to live in a democracy like India, where the culture and lifestyle change every 50 Km’s, we need to be able to talk to each other in a reasonable, calm way, no matter our differences. It’s only when we can talk about why we think the way we do that we can find ways to work on the problems in our communities.
He is backed by a team of 30 driven individuals and together they have conducted 26 successful events at different venues across Hyderabad like Lamakaan, Our Sacred Space, British Council, Phoenix Arena, State Art Gallery, Collab House at Out of the Box, Jxtapose, The Park Hotel and many more.
HLH also started a Campus Connect initiative where they have set up the Human Library at colleges like IIT Hyderabad, CBIT, BVRIT, GNITS, SNIST, Woxsen School of Arts and Design, St. Francis.
HLH was also invited to set up its library at NIT Trichy where the students of NIT Trichy got to experience the Human Library and challenge social stigmas.
Currently, plans are in work to confirm a yearly calendar of all the Human Library Hyderabad events from August 2018 to August 2019.
In order to host all these events successfully, we are now reaching out to the community to provide you with the opportunity to support this impactful experience and continue to share the stories of the people of Hyderabad.
Even if you are not able to contribute financially, your support and sharing of this project can help us to spread the word.
VICE India video: https://video.vice.com/en_in/video/i-checked-some-people-out-at-the-human-library/5aedb766f1cdb334bb206a21