Merlion Project

The Merlion Project:

A Human Library Experience About Entrepreneurial Failure

Everywhere, we see stories of quick success.

But we don’t talk about the other side of the story: how to deal with failures and overcoming challenges.

What if we had an open and honest conversation about how we dealt with our setbacks?


Featuring local founders of Singapore brands, spend time with these entrepreneurs and ask them questions about their entrepreneurial journey, in a small setting of 10 – 12 audience per room.

Hear first hand stories from these entrepreneurs who overcame struggles and challenges. Get to know how they managed to pivot in difficult situations and the lessons they’ve learnt on their journey.  

Get inspired with us!


Keep the first Saturday of Nov, Dec and Jan free! 

We will be organising a series of 3 human library events, thanks to our partnership with Somerset Belt Collective. 

Session 1

Date: 5 Nov 2022

Time: 2:00 – 5:15PM

Location: SCAPE #02-15

Session 2

Date: 3 Dec 2022

Time: 2:00 – 5:15PM

Location: Sandbox Somerset (Somerset Youth Park, next to Red Box)

Session 3

Date: 7 Jan 2023

Time: 2:00 – 5:15PM

Location: SCAPE #02-15


The Human Library—Borrow A Person Instead Of A Book.

A Human Library is a movement that first started in Copenhagen Denmark in 2000. A Human Library consists of “books” that are human. Each of these books volunteer to take part in the library and share their story. 

The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations and offers space for dialogue through personal conversation. 

We saw the Human Library as the perfect space for inspirations.


Fari Wu

Fari is part of a small family business which gives her firsthand insight in the SME sector. With a background in journalism, she has interviewed various people, including an embalmer, a funeral director, coffee shop owners, artists and athletes.

Jin Hoo

Jin is a serial entrepreneur with one exit, and is currently the COO of a finance data technology startup. He is co-organising the Merlion Project human library and brings his own experiences with failure to the library experience.

Jack Kong

Jack is currently working as an assistant librarian at the National Library Board. His hobbies include volunteering, sports, and trekking.

Toh Kian Beng

Kian Beng is a certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) facilitator and a trained para-counsellor. He has been supporting peers in mental wellness since his former job at SCDF and is currently a main committee member of the newly set up Nee Soon South Well-being Committee.

Lai Si Yu

Si Yu is a behavioural change consultant who designs evidence-based interventions for social change. She is mindfulness trained and is currently focusing on mental health literacy in Singapore.