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J. Nikola
J. Nikola Feb 16, 2022
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Design and perform short courses of various skills in public transportation.

Why?
  • people spontaneously learn something new
  • make commuting more interesting and useful
  • encourage people to communicate
  • freelancing jobs for professionals and skilled amateurs
  • talent hunting strategies for circuses, NGOs, charity organizations, etc.
How would it work?
I imagine it to work the same as it's working now for the street performers. The same as jugglers perform on the streets and at the crossroads during the red light, I propose people doing short courses in trams, trains, and busses.
If you have a skill, you could design a short course that can be done in several minutes and perform it in trams, trains or busses. People would donate money if they think you're good, you thought them something or just entertained. The same as there is an ethic code between street performers, there would be an unwritten code between public transportation that would deal with relations between performers.
Courses that could be held:
  • short course in Greek mythology - fun interactive course on Greek Gods
  • origami tram course - you deal papers to people and teach them how to do an origami paper swan
  • short communication workshop - engaging people in giving compliments or debate
  • rap improvisation course - professional sharing rhyming skills and word flow

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Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković Feb 18, 2022
I'm worried there might be too little time and too much noise and possible interjections for these courses to work well regularly.
Yet I see this idea as a great way of marketing your courses.
I also thought it would be best if the courses were either loud or visual.
For instance, have an introduction to physics class and have the professor do a small experiment about relative motion. Then saying something like "if you want to learn more about the world around us, my class is available at... "
Other potential courses whose results can be marketed quickly:
Fashion design course marketing could be done in transportation as you can flaunt your creations.
Whistling class could also be one.
Football (soccer) freestyling.
Gymnastics (pole acrobatics).
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Michaela D
Michaela D7 months ago
You can also have short history or fun fact tours, related to the places you are passing by! They can easily be a way for marketing for whole city tours.
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J. Nikola
J. Nikola7 months ago
Great suggestion! I would also propose acting or singing courses, sign language, communication or presentation workshops, breathing exercises, first aid, self-defense,...
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Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković7 months ago
J. Nikola
I would have to agree with Michaela D's take on having a particular wagon for this service, at least for some courses like fighting. Seeing how some people rightfully wouldn't want to be disturbed by singing or whistling. It reminded me of this stand-up sketch.
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Michaela D
Michaela D7 months ago
For me, the biggest challenges with possible solutions are:
1) Having performances by people that really have something to offer. To that end, people should get permission to demonstrate something. Otherwise, we'd risk having anyone who likes singing, making crafts, street vendors, beggars etc...
2)The quick turnover of passengers. If passengers get in and out every two minutes (in some metro and tram lines) it would be impossible to keep the flow. Therefore, I think this idea would work in longer journeys (at least 20 minutes).
3) Performing only to passengers that are interested. People would get annoyed if they had to watch stuff every time they ride the tram or train. That could be solved if you had designated wagons of tram or train dedicated to performances so that passengers that are interested can participate, and those who aren't interested are not bothered. This could be combined with this idea.
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J. Nikola
J. Nikola7 months ago
Michaela D I agree with you on the most point you raised and here are my comments:
1) It should definitely be controlled somehow. I suggest an organization that would sign a contract with public transportation firm that would allow courses from certified trainers. Certificates would be given to the"trainers" after they pass a course on ethics, nice behavior, and public transportation rules organized by the established organization.
2) I think it depends on the course. Some courses could be short and, as Miloš Stanković proposed, used for marketing the full courses. Also, some courses could be made short, just like the jogglers do the quick show for the car drivers on the red light. On the other hand, many courses, if in full length, would require a longer journey, as you mentioned.
3) Great suggestion. There could be separate wagons where people could perform their courses, but what if also then people become annoyed by the repeating course? Rather than separate wagons, I would suggest that trainers have smartly scheduled routes for their courses, which reduces the chance of the same people seeing the same course twice. The schedule could be made by the organization from the first point.
What do you think?
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Michaela D
Michaela D7 months ago
J. Nikola Nice! 3) I like the schedule! Trainers can alternate at different times of the day and/or days of the week so that more passengers get the chance to see them.
The reason I suggest designated wagons is so that people know where (not) to go. For example, let's say the trainings always take place on the last wagon. If you are interested in the training of the day or then you go on that wagon. If you'd rather have a quiet journey then you always know which wagon to not go to. It would be better also for practical purposes if you want to equip the wagons with supporting material :-)
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J. Nikola
J. Nikola7 months ago
Michaela D Okay, I agree with you, separate wagons could be helpful for both, trainers and people who just want a quiet journey.
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