This Human Library is Challenging Stereotypes

This Human Library is Challenging Stereotypes

I recently checked out my first book from the Human Library: Homelessness. I read it in an open courtyard next to the Impact Hub in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was likely the most honest and direct conversation I’ve had with a fellow human who has experienced homelessness.

Confused? So was I, until Turisaina (Turis) Tukiman clued me in.

Turis is the Operations Lead at Human Library in Malaysia. Originally created by a group of young activists in Copenhagen, the Human Library is now a global movement. It’s purpose is to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices.

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Michelangelo Cestari: Empowering a nation with food 

Michelangelo Cestari: Empowering a nation with food 
“You go to some cities in Latin America and the people there say the best restaurants are Italian, Spanish or French. Why is that? It’s evidence of a lack of confidence, but now 100% Bolivian products are trendy. That generates something that money cannot buy. It is an intangible asset—pride.”

Located in La Paz, Bolivia, Gustu (Quechua for “flavor”) is a fine dining restaurant with a twist. The restaurant was started by Melting Pot Bolivia, a nonprofit organization established to promote Bolivia’s biological diversity and cultural heritage. Its aim is to leverage gastronomy to grow national development and pride for Bolivian people. The CEO of Gustu, Michelangelo Cestari, is committed to this mission and has grown Gustu to include a variety of programs that impact the entire gastronomic sector in Bolivia, from development of the workforce to supply chain strengthening.

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Valentina Quagliotti: Storyteller, Changemaker, and Founder of Ikusi

Valentina Quagliotti: Storyteller, Changemaker, and Founder of Ikusi
“I really believe that these stories deserve to be told. My priority is always to consider how we are telling the organization’s story, how we’re telling the story of the characters involved, and how we’re inspiring people.”

Valentina (Vale) Quagliotti, founder of an audio visual production company called Ikusi, has spent the last several years on a remarkable journey as a social entrepreneur. Ikusi makes audio visual content for nonprofits, NGOs and other global organizations working to address social issues. By merging journalism, film-making, and a focus on social impact, Ikusi creates “micro-documentaries” that increase visibility for the nonprofit as well as the people it is aiming to help.

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