Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Being homeless is not cool (especially in Winter)

I try to better understand the world, reality and things around me...



I see homeless people and on a few occasions I asked them a question: "is it your choice or necessity"? Most of the time they look angrily at me and I take is as "necessity" (not a choice)...

Is it really a necessity? There are so many safety networks in place, so many charities and organisations, social workers... To the point where it is called a "third sector" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voluntary_sector - to distinguish from public sector and the private sector.

In my opinion cost of being homeless is enormously huge:
* cost of not having good sleep
* cost of carrying around your stuff
* cost of not being able to cook
* cost of not being able to buy food in bulk
* cost of not being clean and fresh to apply for jobs
* cost of being sick and getting medical attention and medicines
* cost of... (list can go on and on)

Speaking of applying for jobs - https://www.pinterest.com/mstefanow/jobs-in-london/ - yesterday it took me 15 minutes to upload 8 job offers - on some occasions it was longer to upload via 4G than to find a new post:


(truth to be told it is an expensive area of London and a successful candidate would have to spend some time commuting)

Yet another cost - cost of being desperate. Some people may think that stealing that phone or that laptop will buy them food and bed in a hostel for a week. But for any person who is in possession of the device - the device itself is maybe 1/10 of the cost of the associated data and lost productivity.

That is why I dare to say:

Being homeless is not cool

Especially in Winter, when it is cold outside.

It is not cool and economy behind is not cool either.

It is £26 to provide bed & breakfast in a volunteer run place outside London: http://jimmyscambridge.net/about-us/facts-and-figures/


It is £8 to provide same service in a commercial enterprise in Central London: http://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/smart-hyde-park-inn.en-gb.html (just the cheapest option on Booking.com in a month from now)



Economy behind it is it not cool - volunteer run places outside London that provide "public benefit" shouldn't be three times more expensive than commercial enterprise in Central London.

(economy of being homeless just doesn't add up)

Homeless Home

I'm actually quite keen to try converting shopping trolley into a portable solution:


I love their website, I love their products - http://hipopotamstudio.pl

Author of the Homeless Home - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krzysztof_Wodiczko (Harvard professor)

Money saved on rent will be invested into:
https://www.wework.com/pricing (or any other co-working space)

I may want to use a trolley as a standing desk too.

I may want to invest into a battery pack - http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/macbook-portable-battery/ - or buy an entirely new MacBook - http://mashable.com/2015/04/13/apple-new-macbook-external-battery-charging/

(sometimes I laugh at my problems - I live in a total bubble - and I try to better understand the world, reality and things around me...)


UPDATE:

I found this article on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeless_shelter#United_Kingdom - that links to charity dealing with homeless people - http://www.crisis.org.uk/pages/rough-sleeping.html

"Many people who sleep rough will suffer from multiple health conditions, such as mental health problems and drug misuse."

The way how I see it - only people with mental health problems and misusing drugs can't be bothered to fill the paperwork and receive free housing. Suggesting that sleeping rough (which is another term for being homeless) triggers mental health problems and drug misuse ("will suffer") is a huge misconception or my very poor understanding of written English.

(or the following way of thinking - it's internet - we can write whatever we want - screw the factual accuracy - let's appear as compassionate and raise more money)


EXPERIMENT

https://genesis.re/wiki#Homeless_experiment

Triathlon and The Guinness Book of World Records were born from a discussion (an argument). I may well try to prove the point and run a 1 month competition: make the most amount of money given very limited resources and impaired circumstances.

I may as well try to do it without external motivation but it is easier when you have eyes watching you... #brainhacking

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