Mentoring has always been a part of my life. Whether it has been me seeking out the wisdom of others or me pouring myself into the lives of others – mentoring is a part of my DNA. Recently, I read about a new idea that motivated me. The concept was so engenious, that to make inquiries about seeing something similar come to the Internet as a resource to help up and coming entrepreneurs get the insight and wisdom they need to be successful in their chosen endeavors. Like a library, where you check out books, i.e. a book library, the concept of a human library is an up and coming novelty that is already in some 70 countries.
Human Libraries are libraries where you borrow people instead of books. A human library loans out humans. Like a traditional library which loans out books, a human library loans out the knowledge, understanding, insight, and wisdom of humans who are knowledgeable on a specific subject or have an in depth understand and extensive experience on a particular topic.
The “reader” who checks out a human “book” has an allotted amount of time to ask the person questions and learn about the topic.
The idea of a human library started in Denmark. The patrons of the human library have the opportunity to borrow from a wide range of topics to learn from – lawyers, advertising executives, marketing experts, law enforcement professionals, a single parent, doctor, clergy, etc. mom, a Muslim, a teacher, a refugee – the list goes on.
In a society – like in America for instance – where we have an enormous intellectual stockpile/reserve of highly educated and highly success people, I believe America would be an ideal place to see human libraries propagated. Now, if I could just figure out how to get a library card for one of these. :-)
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