In this library you borrow people instead of books

The Human library is a non-profit educational organization that runs temporary “libraries” around the world where you can borrow a person instead of a book. Founded in Copenhagen in 2000 by Ronni Abergel, the idea is to encourage people with very different perspectives, backgrounds, beliefs or experiences to have a safe place to speak openly and honestly so that others can better understand them. . The loan periods are thirty minutes maximum. Of CNN:

A feminist meets a Muslim woman wearing a hijab and asks her if she wears it by choice or by duress.

A climate change activist meets someone who thinks global warming is a hoax.

Black anti-racist activist meets with supporter of former President Trump.

Or, in the case of Charlize Jamieson, a transgender woman meets a conservative Christian woman who thinks she is living in sin.

Jamieson says she agreed to be a “book” in the human library because she wants to encourage empathy. A lively and jovial loveseat, she says she spent years denying who she was while working in American companies.

“There are rough edges around people, and people form opinions based on what other people say or what the news says,” she says. “And then you stand in front of them, and you’re like a nail file sometimes, filing down those rough edges.”

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