After the Soviet Union fell apart, countries went their own ways, but there are more similarities than we think. Using the method of Human Library, we want to bring together people from several post-soviet countries to strengthen the ties between people driven by promotion of Human Rights, as well as to enable vulnerable communities across counties to share their experience, creating international support network. The end product will include videos and brochures with stories of Living Books.
Estonia - Ida-Virumaa region (Narva, Kohtla-Järve, Jõhvi, Sillamäe)
It will bring cultural and community building events to the most vulnerable region of Estonia. It will strengthen the vulnerable communities across countries and widen the support network. This will have a huge impact on regional, national and international levels in frames of dissemination.
International connection with possibility for further projects together will be built. People from minority/disadvantaged backgrounds will be empowered. Meeting people with similar stories from nearby countries and similar background enhance a strong intercultural support network.
Human Library ‘tour’ will take place in poorest region of Estonia. From all countries but Estonia a HL Staff Member along with 3-4 Living Books will come to participate in the events. Estonian team will provide Books and staff. During the tour, the HL events will be organised according to the experience and practices in each country. Social space and support will be provided to Books. The end-product in forms of video series and brochures with stories of the Books will be spread internationally.
We want to take our event to North-Eastern Estonia, a Russian-speaking area with no development, to focus on ethnic minority population, as since the breakdown of USSR, the discrimination still is present in our country. We want to bring Russian speakers from different countries.
1. People from minority/disadvantaged groups, who want to tell their stories.
2. Residents of underdeveloped region in Estonia, who don't have many opportunities to participate in community building events.
3. People from post-soviet countries who work in the Human Rights area.
Feedback on the idea, suggestions on how to make it more efficient.