Street Debaters

Social alternative to begging

Street debating is a job to bridge social divides. Street debaters use a set of scales that makes public opinion visible with coins to evoke a discussion with the passerby. This job aims to promote empathy and tolerance in the society through creating an opportunity for people to break out of their own social bubble to meet people with different opinions.

This job also serves as a dignified way of earning money for homeless people on the streets who wish to discontinue begging.
On average, street debating earns £13.5 per hour and stops 12.5 people for a friendly chat. Currently, one street debater is active in London.

From politicians to chefs, anybody can become a street debater to question the society. The device data is open source and can be made by anyone. Currently, several street debaters are raising their own debate across the world.

Project page 

Research Process 

2017 - Ongoing

  • As a Chief Street Debater


  • Tomo Kihara

My Role

  • Chief Street Debater / Design Researcher


  • WIRED Creative Hack Award 2017 - Grand Prix


  • Design INDABA 2018 / European Design Festival 2018