There’s a neat concept called the Human Library where you don’t check out physical books. Instead, you check out people and learn about their lives.
… “Books” are volunteers from all walks of life who have experienced discrimination based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their life. The Human Library provides the opportunity for the community to share and understand the experiences of others in their community.
I bring this up because the Chicago Chapter of the Human Library currently includes an Iranian Feminist, a Transgender Minister, and an atheist.
The down side is that you have to “check them out” in person at live events. Can’t do it over the Internet right now. Still, it’s a really cool idea. If you’re interested in being a book for someone to talk to so they can learn about you, Chicagoans can sign up right here.
People in other cities can learn more about the organization (and start their own libraries) here.
(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Wendy for the link)