Ever had an idea cling to you like a cotton ball holding on to Velcro in a wind storm?
After writing a final exam for the Critical Thinking course offered at Queensland University, I was met with a challenge. In order to tap into 5 more points on my final mark, I could think of a Plan where I could put my new-found skills to work.
My profs explained: “You need to select a topic that you’re passionate about. Look around you and see what’s broken or dodgy. Where do you or other people seem to rely on fast, automatic, instinctive, emotional, and stereotypical thinking instead of slow, ‘effortful’, deliberative, analytic, and logical thinking?”
Pop! My relentless idea rose from its slumber and demanded an airing.
Cities have huge high-rise office buildings. Many of these structures are primarily empty at night. Many have foyers that are devoid of furnishings and are merely passageways to bank of elevators that can be “user-controlled”. Many foyers contain washroom facilities. Many are heated throughout the night.
What’s stopping government from giving Businesses perks that would allow homeless people to sleep in their foyers in inclement weather?
Yes, someone would be on night duty to keep everything under control.
The homeless would be required to leave at, say, 7:00 a.m. and cleaning staff would need to come in at that time to clean the foyer.
Businesses would demonstrate their goodwill and get some very positive free marketing. Government could give them a tax break as incentive.
Yes, I’ve worked in such high rise office towers. Yes, I’d want to be able to come into work without stepping over the homeless. Yes, I know it would take planning. However – yes, I’d like to work for businesses willing to meet such a humane challenge.
I wrote to my MP, shared this idea and asked if it was completely irrational or if it’s one of those simple ideas that could turn life around for many. If the idea is worth considering – in some way – I asked which part of government to approach.