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Help us create a Human Library

Help us create a Human Library

Have you ever heard of a human book? NT PHN are about to trial this exciting concept at the upcoming Compass 2022 conference by setting up a Human Library.

We are looking for 5 people to join us as a ‘Human Book’ on Friday 12 August between 9.30am-1pm.

What is a Human Library?

Just like a normal library, a visitor to the Human Library can choose a book from a range of titles. The difference is that our books are people, and reading is like a conversation.

It uses a method of dialogue that gives people permission and the skills to talk to another person (a Human Book) about topics that are associated with negative stereotypes, taboos, stigma and prejudice. Using this method, a Human Library aims to help to break down barriers, challenge prejudice, encourage understanding and promote respect for difference and diversity.

Become a Human Book

If you, or someone you know, can answer ‘yes’ to the following, we encourage you/them to apply:

  • A person who has experienced prejudice or discrimination as a consequence of your identity or personal attributes
  • Willing to be asked personal questions by strangers
  • Able to listen carefully and to answer sensitive questions about yourself and your life
    Willing to help people learn about difference and diversity
  • Able to ask people respectful questions, in response to their attitudes and prejudices
  • Able to help people respect difference and to challenge their own prejudices
  • Comfortable talking to a wide variety of people, who you don’t know
  • Not looking to ‘convert’ people to a personal belief or conviction.

Opportunities for you

Each Human Book will be paid for the time they give to this trial, that includes training and on the day attendance. We also offer:

  • A 3-hour training session with a professional trainer on how to tell your story and answer questions.
  • Free admission to the 2022 Compass Conference.

**Applications close Monday 25 July

If you have any questions, contact us:
Donna Green – 08 8982 1095

For more information visit Compass

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