Your book will then form part of the collection of a thousand others and be available to the public to take out and pass on. From June each book will be trackable through a website athousandandonebooks.com where you will be able to see who is reading it and where.
A Thousands One Books will open as part of LIFT 16 in June.
The Empathy Museum’s first exhibit is a shoe shop where visitors are invited to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – literally. With contributions that range from a sewer worker to a sex worker the stories cover different aspects of life, from loss and grief to hope and love and take the visitor on an empathetic as well as a physical journey. A Mile in My Shoes opened in London as part of Totally Thames Festival 2015 (supported by Wanda One UK). In February/March 2016 we exhibited as part of the Perth International Arts Festival with 31 new stories and pairs of shoes from Western Australia collected with local producers Centre for Stories. During our time in Perth we welcomed over 3,500 visitors to walk a mile in a stranger's shoes. Listen to a selection of the stories below or visit our SoundCloud playlist for more.
A Human Library is like any other library but instead of borrowing a book you can borrow a person for conversation – A Living Book. We are running a programme of Human Libraries in the UK and internationally. We have presented Human Libraries at SOAS and The Whitechapel Gallery, London 2015 in partnership with Hubbuband two at Perth Literary Festival in 2016.
The Director of the Empathy Museum, Clare is an award winning artist and curator who creates participatory installations, performances and exhibitions. She was the director of the Museum Of, The Ministry of Trying to Do Something About It and curated Feast on the Bridge for the Thames Festival.
kitty ross, Creative Producer
Kitty is a producer and event director with a background in large-scale participatory projects and commissions. Major projects include the Mayor’s Thames Festival, the Thames Diamond Jubilee Festival, GESF Opening Ceremony and Feast on the Bridge.
The founder of the Empathy Museum, Roman Krznaric is a writer, cultural thinker and international expert on empathy. His bestselling books, including ‘Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It’, have been translated into over twenty languages.
Eric is a macro hedge-fund manager and one of the key funders of Big Issue Invest. He is a regular contributor to the Financial Times and author of the acclaimed book ‘Money’.
After a career in business, Richard has been a Trustee of Arthritis Research UK and Chair of its Finance Committee, and is a former Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of the National Garden Scheme.
What is it like to have spent years in prison, or to be a child growing up in Tehran, or to have rediscovered love in your eighties? The Empathy Museum will help you find out.
Launched in 2015, the Empathy Museum is the first experiential arts space dedicated to helping us all look at the world through other people’s eyes. By touring internationally, it will explore how empathy can not only transform our personal relationships but also help tackle global challenges such as prejudice, conflict and inequality.