Project uses social questions to help passersby interact with homeless people

Project uses social questions to help passersby interact with homeless people

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Social entrepreneur and designer Tomo Kihara calls himself a playful interventionist. His goal is to find new ways of approaching, challenging and discussing difficult issues of the time. His most recent project is the Street Debater. Using a set of scales with the answers to a multiple choice question, passersby use their monetary donations to homeless people to (literally) weigh in on topical issues of debate. Having moved to Amserdam from Japan, Kihara was shocked at the scale of homelessness in large European cities. He realized that many people found themselves in a moral dilemma about donating spare change to someone living on the streets. Not knowing if it is the correct thing to do or not means that many passersby are left feeling guilty and ashamed of their inaction.

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