Street debating is a new job that creates a place for open dialogue on the street by making public opinion visible with coins. Street debaters use a set of scales that raises a question about a topic of public interest to evoke a friendly discussion with the passerby. Passers-by are invited to stop, engage in discussion, then put their coins on the side of the scale that represents their view. It creates an opportunity for people to break out of their own online social bubble to be challenged by people with different opinions.
This job also serves as a dignified way of earning money for vulnerable people on the streets who wish to discontinue the act of begging. Through a series of friendly conversation on an equal footing, this act restores their sense of dignity and social connection.
Stefan van de Geer
Mark van Huystee
The initial study showed that on average, street debating earns £13.5 per hour in London and stops 12.5 people for a friendly chat. From politicians to chefs, anybody can become a street debater to question the society. The device data is open source at Ñ www.streetdebater.com Ñ and can be made by anyone. Currently, several street debaters are raising their own debate on the streets across the world from London to Capetown. If you find one, please join their debate.