A man who volunteered to live on the streets, tapping into crowd funding to pay for his travels, is back and ready to tell his story.
Social Innovator Mark Philpott struggled to describe himself in a few words but said he’s been “everything from a global corporate executive, to a social entrepreneur, to a homeless man so if you can define who I am from that then good luck”.
In 2013 he found himself out of work and realised he did not have many connections on the Gold Coast apart from his parents.
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So he sold most of his possessions and left in 2013 and literally travelled around the world – he said he wanted to do some “soul surfing”.
One of the things Mark struggles with the most of defining a “homeless person – and during that journey I had to really I guess examine what that was”.
“Does it mean someone that’s living on the street, not necessarily, it could be somebody that doesn’t have a place to go and is reliant on either charity organisations or the generosity of humanity to look after them so I was in the latter category” Mr Philpott said.
He added “I put myself out there with no fixed abode of my own and I was reliant 100 per cent and there were a couple of nights that I did sleep on the streets and those were all telling parts of the story in understanding who you actually are as a human being”.
Mark went on to say that crowd sourcing was a big success for him “in the course of 18 months I spent no more than $17 of my own money to get around the world”.
He relied on the generosity of people to “purchase airline tickets, train tickets, bus tickets, helping me out in all sorts of different ways to stay alive was phenomenal I mean it was beyond your wildest dreams really”.
In the end he returned to care for his ailing parents.
While living in Singapore Mark created Humaneity, which is currently sourcing a double decker bus that will be used as a “mobile platform”.
They also recently hosted a think tank event (pictured below).
Head to www.humaneity.com.