Will, the first homeless person in the metaverse, is a new emblem for unstable people

If you’re looking for it, head to 3.1 Genesis Plaza in Decentraland, one of the trendiest scales around. Will, the first homeless person in the metaverse, alerts us to the most dangerous “IRL” isolation in real life. appeared on March 31. The end of the winter holidays in France. To condemn the resumption of rental evictions as well as the isolation of nearly 7 million people in France, the Entourage Association decided to mark the occasion Homeless metaverses. The real spokesman for the most dangerous.

We want to re-establish social connections and this virtual character seems like a good idea As a method of interrogationJean-Marc Potdevin, president and co-founder of the Entourage Network, explains for WE DEMAIN. Entourage, a community of 150,000 committed citizens, is raising questions about this future community where virtual social connections will be king. It invites each of us to take care of the most dangerous matters, in real life, through this unique process.

A virtual character from the metaverse with very real roots

Concretely, Will was created in partnership with the agency TBWA \ Paris. This is the origin of this idea and it works Free With Entourage since 2015. The first homeless person in the metaverse has been developing for a few days in Decentraland. “Obviously we didn’t buy a piece of the 23,000 square meters of available land in Decentraland because Will is homelessJean-Marc Potdevin explains. He wanders around but regularly passes by Genesis Plazawhich is the central place of this metaverse managed by the Foundation. There are slots where he is available to chat.”

The Entourage Association also planned to interview people in real life in the future. With real homeless people, members of the Entourage network, people from the metaverse… even the candidates for the 2022 presidential election if they accept the invitation. On this topic, Emmanuel Macron also mentioned the idea of ​​a European metaverse and the creation of a campaign space in Minecraft. Do you dare to trade with Will?

Syrian Democratic Forces created by the displaced themselves

A virtual character, but remains as close as possible to real homeless people. voluntarily, of your own free will, The goal was not to be a caricature but to reflect real experiences. So Will was created with the help of the Comité de la Rue d’Entourage. It was this group of people who were currently or formerly homeless that helped give the depth of will. “The vice chair of the committee even imitated the way a homeless person stands, with their shoulders slightly bent, and how they move to make themselves as invisible as possible.”Determines the president of the association.

Far from being a cliché, Will reflects the ordinary hobo. Of the 300,000 homeless people in France, 295,000 are like you and me. We need to break prejudicesJean-Marc Potdevin insists. Age, gender, skin colour, clothes, choice of first name… Every detail has been thought out to reflect reality as closely as possible. So much so that those involved in creating Will ended up being locked up, fearing seeing the character get attacked in the metaverse.H, he explains. Fortunately, this scenario is unlikely because metaverses implement measures to avoid these situations.

Changing perceptions and interactions with the homeless

According to Entourage, 71% of homeless people own a smartphone or tablet. “A lot of them use social networks but that doesn’t get them out of loneliness, Mr. Potdevin adds. They are almost always overlooked in real life. For this to change, a change of perspective is needed. They are no longer seen as people who need help but as neighbours, people who have a lot to offer us through discussions and social exchanges.”

To foster a real connection with the most serious, not on social networks but in real life, Entourage has created an app. The Entourage Solidarity Network (online, iOS and Android) makes it possible to connect supportive neighbors with the homeless but also to dismantle prejudices (alcohol, beggary, Roma, etc.) through video content. Target, finallywho is he Recreate friendship networks, in real life, through coexistence events Which confuses homeless, unstable and social people.

More connected…more isolated behind our screens

Studies, such as those from Gartner, predict that a quarter of the population will spend at least an hour a day on metaverses by 2026. But what or what The rest of the population and maintain social ties?

This is indeed the current contradiction: We’ve never been this connected before and we’ve never been isolated behind our screens. A contrast that may become more acute with the development of the metaverse, this virtual and immersive world, which is considered the future version of the Internet.

footnote association

This vulnerable social bond is a real lifeline for the most dangerous people. The association reminds us: 4 million French people have less than 3 conversations a year. And the Entourage report, published in 2020, notes that 72% of trapped homeless people say they want to embark on new projects (resuming their footsteps, volunteering, finding a job, etc.). Social ties are more important than ever.

We Support We, We Support Freelance Writing

Subscribe to our site Weekly Bulletin And the Subscribe to our magazine.

Leave a Comment