Could problem-solving booths help society? Find out for yourself on December 13 in central London.
I was sat in a stuffy office when the notion of Problem Solving Booths was first put my way. There’s a hint of irony in that, given the premise is borne from traditional environments for therapy (ie. stuffy offices) not really working.
The idea also originated from psychologist Charlie Howard asking a kid at a market what would make a positive difference to his neighbourhood. “A Problem Solving Booth. Right here. On my street,” was his retort. Then he scarpered.
But Howard was the right person to tell. Having already founded the youth charity MAC-UK in 2008, she’d long been frustrated at an inflexible social support system failing disaffected youngsters.
Expecting them to seek professional help in a corporate setting was both outdated and fanciful. Her response was to head into the community and find out what they need.
So she took the plan to Camden Lock in London, ripped up some pizza boxes and wrote ‘Helped’, ‘Helper’ and ‘Problem Solving Booth’ on the cardboard. It was only a felt-tip pen. But it might leave an indelible mark.
Find out more by coming along to the first, free Problem Solving Booths event:
When? 6:30pm – 8:30pm, December 13, 2017