Tomo Kihara calls himself a ‘Playful Interventionist’ who develops situated playful interventions to challenge and reframe societal issues. His recent project StreetDebaters aims to change the act of begging into a job to create public discourse through playful artifacts.

Street debating is a new type of job that collects and shares public opinions in exchange for coins. The process involves raising a question about a topic of public interest to evoke a friendly discussion with passerby. It serves as an initial viable step for people who wish to discontinue begging by allowing them to earn money in a dignified way to restore their ties to the community on an equal footing. On average, street debating earns £13.5 per hour and stops 12.5 people for a friendly chat.

For your business, consider this…

Could you assist a homeless person in some way?

  • Could you offer them remuneration of some kind in exchange for performing a service you need?
  • What’s an innovative way they could assist you?
  • What if you also got some kind of public goodwill or recognition by helping the homeless?

If you want to think differently about this for a day, consider this…

Next time you see a homeless person why not ask them what skills they have that would be worth someone paying them an income for. You might be surprised at what they’ve done in the past.

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