Street Debaters

Social alternative to begging

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.

Street debating also aims to break the echo-chambers that we are in by fostering public discussion between people from diverse backgrounds.

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.

Project page 
Research process 

2017 - Ongoing

  • Master Thesis Project - ongoing


  • Tomo Kihara

My Role

  • Chief Street Debater / Design Researcher


  • WIRED Creative Hack Award 2017 - Grand Prix