For many homeless people, begging is one of the few ways that they can consistently get even a small pittance, so design student Tomo Kihara has created a new panhandling platform called 'Street Debater' that helps homeless people to earn money without having to sacrifice any dignity.
The product consists of a simple balancing scale with chalkboard surfaces on it. Homeless people can pose a contentious question, like "More immigrants?", and have each side of the scale represent a side of the debate, encouraging passersby to join the ongoing debate by placing money on the scale to cast a vote.
Not only does Street Debater serve as a sort of straw poll for the leanings of the immediate community, but it also empowers homeless people to show that they themselves have opinions about the political climate.
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