Social Experiment Promotes Understanding Through Connection

Maker Faire San Diego

We are building bridges while others are building walls

Maker Faire San Diego is coming to Balboa Park October 7-8, 2017 with the mission of entertaining and educating the innovators, the creative and the curious. Inquiring minds will not want to miss The Living Library, and The Tommy Edison Experience.

Based on the Human Library, The Living Library at Maker Faire San Diego is a collection of people from diverse backgrounds and experiences who will be on hand to share openly and candidly about their lives. Storytellers include survivors of trauma, students with special needs, and members of the blind and disabled communities. Each storyteller is an open book, ready to answer questions like, “What’s it like to be you?”

“One of our goals is to help re-humanize people from marginalized communities,” says Dr. Mel Ganus, director of Quality of Life Experiments, who is bringing The Living Library to Maker Faire San Diego. “It’s an experiment in making human connections. We are building bridges while others are building walls.”

YouTube sensation Tommy Edison, the Blind Film Critic, is famous for answering questions about what it’s like to be blind. At Maker Faire San Diego he will host a workshop where he’ll give makers a unique marketing experience by interviewing them about their projects in order to get them to clearly articulate who they are and why they do what they do with the caveat, “Explain it to me like I’m blind.” Maker Faire San Diego attendees are invited to come meet Edison and watch the fun.

Kirk Adams, president of the American Foundation for the Blind, will also be in the book collection. “This is an opportunity I don’t want to miss, a chance for people to ask me questions they’d never feel comfortable asking if they met me on a bus.” On Sunday, Adams, who has been blind since age five, and his colleague George Abbott, blind since birth, will be presenting their unique perspectives on Maker Faire San Diego, and their visions of increased inclusivity.

The Living Library will be located in the Museum of Man. Event-goers will have the opportunity to “browse” the various storytellers and ask the burning questions most are uncomfortable…

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