This week for National Engineering Month we did something we love: tell stories!
The Engineers Without Borders Ryerson Chapter hosted an event called the Human Library.
“Human Library is a conference that encourages and facilitates
dialogue and understanding between people with regards to the
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Professors and influential community members volunteer as
human ‘books’ and participants in the event can ‘read’ these
‘books’. This allows an opportunity to have a meaningful
conversation with the speaker and share in a dialogue about that
individual’s experience. This year’s event contains a diverse
amount of sessions including NETWORKING, STORYTELLING,
GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT, and MEETING INTERESTING PEOPLE
—a chance to meet students and talk about how you are
contributing to the SDGs!”
Brilliant way to bring engineers together and connect over a common interest or goal.
Stephanie Thompson talks about storytelling as a “superpower”.
Storytelling goes beyond the facts and creates a connection. It opens the door and lets us dispel myths about engineering, breakdown barriers, become role models, showcase diversity…..
Math and science (the facts!) are an important part of engineering. But they don’t tell the full story.
We tell kids that math and science are tools that engineers use to solve problems, help people, and make the world a better place.
We give them the full story!
Thank-you EWB Ryerson for hosting such an innovative event! We loved sharing our story about responsible production and consumption – and collaborating with the “readers” to come up with an SDG awareness poster to amplify those messages even further!
Find out more about and support the work that we are doing to tell better stories about engineering at engineersoftomorrow.ca