“I have always been interested in hearing different people’s life stories. When I was a kid, I would go and talk to a stranger on the street, at the store, or while waiting in line to buy a bag of sweets. Over time, I have realized as we grow, we become more reserved and less likely to have a conversation with a stranger on the street. Simple conversations are sometimes all that is needed to challenge stereotypes and develop a better understanding of people. At a place such as Copenhagen’s Human Library, this is exactly what happens.

Most libraries offer books that can be borrowed, but the Human Library allows visitors to borrow a person to interact with and hear their unique story. The Human Library creates a safe framework for personal conversations that can help to challenge prejudice, prevent conflicts, and contribute to greater human solidarity across social, religious, and ethnic divisions.”