Great Moments in Inventions: Unmute the Commute Button

Get a load of this idea:

“People wearing the ‘Unmute the Commute’ badge, which is in an early prototype stage, will be able to alert other badge wearers if they are being harassed and need help.  The badge lights up if someone nearby has triggered an alert using an app. That allows fellow badge wearers, who will be given ‘active bystander training’, to step in.”

“Active bystander training?”  What is that?

WEARING IT IS LIKE PUTTING YOUR WONDER WOMAN CAPE ON……..

“Even the act of putting on that badge every day when you are about to get on public transport almost reminds you [to be alert] – you are almost putting your cape on. ‘That badge sends a signal to other passengers to know that you will be someone to step forward and intervene if someone is being harassed.”

I’m going to this active bystander training, that’s for sure.  They used to call that “Peeping Tom” or “Pervert” – now its a virtue.

 

 

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Author: Max Smith

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