Human Library @ Global Centre for Pluralism (Canada)

EventsIn order to mark World Refugee Day, the Global Centre for Pluralism (Ottawa, Canada) is hosting a Human Library on June 20, 2018.

Speakers will share their personal stories from all dimensions of the refugee experience in Canada, including private sponsorship, policymaking and settlement. Each human “book” will speak to the participants at their respective tables for approximately 10 minutes each. Guests will have the chance to hear from several different human “books” over the course of the evening. The event will include the launch of Refugee 613’s social media campaign #ShowYourWelcome and a gallery of portraits from the storytelling project Community. Everyone is welcome. This event is free of charge.

Here’s the basic description of Human Libraries from the organization’s website: “The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.” To find a Human Library near you, check the organization’s Facebook page.

Global Pluralism Award 2016

The new Global Pluralism Award recognizes pluralism in action. It celebrates the extraordinary achievements of organizations, individuals and governments who are tackling the challenge of living peacefully and productively with diversity.

The Award is presented once every two years to individuals, organizations, governments and businesses of any nationality. Through their remarkable and sustained achievements, awardees contribute to building more inclusive societies in which human diversity is protected.

Three awardees will be given $50,000 each to further their work in support of pluralism. Award funds must be used for non-profit activities. Awardees will be required to submit a budget with the proposed way in which the funds will be used.

Presented by the Global Centre for Pluralism, an international research and education centre located in Ottawa, Canada, the Award aims to

  • Raise the international profile of pluralism, defined as a principle of respect for diversity,
  • Identify and disseminate innovative and successful approaches to pluralism globally, and
  • Recognize and raise the profile of exemplary organizations, individuals or other entities seeking to advance pluralism.

A wide range of disciplines
Nominees must demonstrate remarkable and sustained achievement in any of the wide range of disciplines related to pluralism. These disciplines include:
*legal reform
*human rights
*democracy promotion
*social cohesion
*education
*ethnic relations
*conflict resolution
*peacebuilding
*migration and integration
Please note that the above is not an exhaustive list.

International Nominees
Eligible nominees from all countries are eligible, including:
*individuals (e.g. artists, journalists, academics, policy-makers, filmmakers, etc.);
*civil society organizations (e.g. professional associations, faith-based organizations, labour unions, non-profit research or educational institutions, local community groups, non-governmental organizations, foundations, think tanks, etc.);
*social enterprises;
*corporations;
*educational, research and policy institutions (public or private);
*local/municipal, regional or federal/national branches of governments, etc.
Please note that the above is not an exhaustive list.

Do you know a pluralism champion?
Award nominations are now being accepted. Nominate or apply before the August 31, 2016 deadline. Nominations for the Award can only be submitted online. Nominations are accepted from nominators or candidates themselves.

The international jury of experts selecting the awardees is chaired by the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, former Prime Minister of Canada.