Jockey Club PolyU Human Libraries Hub is a research project, it has been approved by the Human Subjects Ethics Sub-committee of University (Reference Number: HSEARS20180302004), detailed consitions see Data Policy and Consent Statement.
Human Libraries Hub is operated by universities and community partners, which aims to explore methods supporting the education sector and the public to deeper understand various kinds of real life stories, and to promote social connectedness and inclusiveness. This project does not belong to any international organizations, and it currently has no plan to link up with any international organizations or movements. Since 2016, the research project team has studied a series of projects in local and international contexts which use real stories to enhance people’s understanding on social issues, for example: Poeple's theatre/Theatre of the oppressed which began in 1980s, StoryCentre which began in San Francisco in 1990s, Living Library which began in Europe since 2000 (the term Human Library has been used interchangably with the term Living Library since 2010), Storycrops which began in New York in 2003, Humans of New York which began in 2010,, Digital Human Library which began in Canada in 2011, Human Library Hong Kong which was started by Breakazine in 2011、as well as the YouTube Channel Real Stories which began in 2015. There are different ways of storytelling, and they have their respective strengths and uniqueness. The project team has discussed and integrated various ideas, and has tried to develop a practice strategy which is suitable for Hong Kong and Asia regions. The project's website was officially launched on the 15th of January 2019. Contents include: