This is where technology has taken us, and it’s eye-opening:
A homeless man in San Francisco is using technology to give the world a new perspective on homelessness. His name is Henry Moses Thirkfield, affectionately known as Mo, and he’s been using a Flip Cam to document his day-to-day activities and his interviews with other homeless men and women.
Mo doesn’t have access to a computer or a cellphone, so he’s unable to post videos online himself. His friend Ryan Hupfer, who works at a Silicon Valley startup, gave Mo the Flip Cam and set up the YouTube channel,HomelessMo.
“We [met when we] ran into each other in the San Francisco Caltrain station when I was coming back home from work one day,” Hupfer told Mashable. “He asked for money and cigarettes, but I was getting ready to grab a Subway sandwich, so I offered him something to eat instead.”
The two kept running into each other, and they became friends thereafter. Hupfer has given friends cameras in the past to share their stories, and he figured doing the same for Mo would yield the same result — almost allowing viewers to put themselves in his shoes.
“He creates the content and I edit and distribute, and it’s really worked out well so far,” Hupfer said. “I try my best to tell his story, and if anyone emails, I say that I’m posting on his behalf. One of these days I’ll get him on [the Internet], but that’s going to take some time.”
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