Human Library Organisers put the methodology into practice by planning, delivering and evaluating events which challenge prejudice in their community.
The Human Library generates instant appeal and is a practical way to engage the public with big issues such as equality, diversity and human rights. Organising a Human Library should only be motivated by a desire to use the methodology for its intended purpose: to challenge prejudice.
Organising a Human Library does involve a considerable amount of work and the task should not be underestimated. It requires careful planning, preparation and evaluation.
Organisers come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Successful events have been organised by equality and diversity professionals and people working in related fields; community, social and youth workers; librarians and public and voluntary sector workers. They have also been organised by artists and volunteers. Whatever your background, as long as you are motivated by the desire to challenge prejudice you can get involved.
All Organisers must share our values:
Understand the methodology
The Human Library is a methodology not a mechanism. If an Organiser begins their journey without understanding the methodology they are in danger of undermining the entire project. All Organisers must ensure that they fully understand the methodology and that they do not compromise, adapt or alter the Human Library to suit their needs.
Organise an inclusive event
Human Library Organisers are responsible for ensuring that their Human Library features a wide and diverse range of Human Books who challenge prejudice and stereotype.
Be part of a bigger effort
The global nature of the Human Library means that all Organisers are part of a much bigger effor to challenge prejudice across the world. We ask all Organisers to share our values, respect the methodology, and help us to maintain the integrity of the project.
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