Street Debater tool helps homeless people earn money without begging


Recent project by Tomo Kihara shows the power design can have in inciting deliberation, and helping the homeless. Read more about the curious and creative project here. Dezeen covers the topic in more depth here.

“Japanese designer Tomo Kihara has developed a tool for “street debating”, which allows homeless people to earn money without compromising their dignity.

Kihara, a student at TU Delft in the Netherlands, wanted to find a way to change how people in the street respond when beggars ask them for money.

Kihara presented Street Debater at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town, South Africa this week.

His project consists of a set of scales, which are used to pose multiple-choice questions to passersby. People are invited to cast a vote for their preferred answer, by placing coins on one side of the scales.

The aim is to transform the act of asking for money into both a game and a conversation starter, between people that would be unlikely to engage with one another in everyday life.”

Read the rest of the article here.