Tomorrow I'm organising a Human Library in Oxford. I found out about them a few years ago and after attending one, I was fascinated by the experience. I held one last September and everyone who came along left with an 'I didn't expect that' look on their faces.
The Human Library is an international movement that promotes an inclusive way to challenge prejudice through social contact. Just like in a real library, a visitor to the Human Library can choose a book from a range of titles. The difference is that 'books' are people, and 'reading' is a conversation. These events give you permission to delve straight into a conversation with someone you wouldn't perhaps otherwise cross paths with. This creates a new understanding and challenges our original opinions and beliefs, often shaping change and making room for personal growth.
I'm always looking for interesting and creative ways to open up dialogue in our communities. I like to challenge labels and stereotypes as we are all so much more than the labels society gives us (or the labels we give ourselves). The 'story behind the story' is where I always find myself as that is where the truth lies.
Next, I'd like to organise a pop-up bus stop and invite elderly people and teenagers to talk. Both groups don't seem to have a voice in modern society, yet I find them to be the most interesting people to spend time with. Elderly people have so much wisdom to pass down and teenagers are the new generation who will be our future carers. They are the bookends of modern society - and us lot in the middle should be listening to them very carefully.