Stephanie Heuer was inspired to create the Somebody/Nobody book after attending a Human Dignity conference in Paris, in 2004. She was technology instructor at a elementary school and had witness the how difficult school life can be for some of the students, the negative and positive interactions, as well as how schools deal with difficult scenarios. She created a book that is applicable for opening up discussions of dignity, self-respect, and other sometimes difficult topics to express for children. It gives children a safe and healthy voice to express their world, their conflicts, and how they interact with those around them.
This book came as a result of asking kids to finish the statements below. The feedback was simple, but poignant. The students from many grade levels (from 3-5) participated eagerly and the results moved her to tears when she first reviewed the numerous responses to:
- I Feel like nobody when.
- I Feel like somebody when.
The responses you read in this book are what the kids had to say about that feeling we get when we are not included, alienated, bullied, not listened too, or simply ignored. It also says allot about how complete and great we feel when people recognize our efforts, listen to our stories, and show their concern for our well being.
This book is for everyone, old, young, teachers, parents, kids, friends, everyone. Make your own Somebody/Nobody book and let us know how it opens up discussions on dignity in your world.
Dignity matters! Dignity counts, in all of us. Our organization Dignity Rocks! is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and protection of everyone's dignity, and we mean everyone!
From the Dignity Rocks! Team
About the Author
Stephanie Heuer has been a global traveling citizen, having lived in the Tokyo, Norway, Bonaire, Grand Cayman and the US. She has been an educator in Computer Technology for elementary school children, a teacher of Egyptian Dance in Norway, a VP of Marketing for a Norwegian software company, seminar speaker at high schools on human rights, and currently is a College and Career advisor her daughter's school. She is dedicated first and foremost, to the betterment of children's lives through educational opportunities and avoiding bad choices. She is a member of several organizations including; Women for Women International, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Organization, and the World Centers of Compassion For Children International.
She is currently working on her next book for teens, a collection of feedback on the somebody/nobody dynamic that she has assembled over the past few years in her field work at schools.