Living Library

Action for Peace #25

What was it about?

The SCI Switzerland organized a Living Library on 18th February in Bern. The Living Library is an event that provides a space for dialogue and exchange and is about breaking down stereotypes, builds understanding and reducing prejudice by sharing experiences on a personal level.

The topic was Peace and all the “books” who participated, they had a connection with this topic. For example: a 90-year-old book spray-painted “Money for Guns Kills” on a wall in front of the National Bank of Bern and was arrested; a book that has worked as a mediator in remote village communities between army and guerrilla fronts, at the UN in New York; a “book” that works in humanitarian and peacebuilding projects in Guatemala, India, the Philippines and Sudan; a book that was in Swiss prison because he didn’t want to do de Civil Military Service…

With the dialog between the “books” and the “listeners”, we think we can better our understanding of peace in order to help create more inclusive and cohesive communities across cultural, religious, social and ethnic differences.

what happened?

The event took place at Café Wartsaal (Lorrainestr. 15, 3013 Bern). It started at 6 p.m. and ended at 9 p.m.
• During the event there were “library guides” who were responsible for explaining the procedure of the Living Library to the participants when they arrived.
• The most important rule of the Living Library: mutual respect (between living book and participants). If a book feels a conversation is not happening in a respectful manner, can stop the conversation and inform the library guides about it. Living Books have the freedom to answer and not to answer certain questions.
• Every 30 minutes we rang a bell and the “readers” switched tables. There was a break at 7:30 p.m. for 15 mins, and then we continued the Living Library at 8:00 p.m. until 9 p.m. when the event ended.
This event was open to everyone.

When: 18th of February, 2020 (18-21h)

Where: Kaffe bar Wartsaal, Bern Switzerland

Implementing Branch: SCI Switzerland

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