THE PEOPLE SPEAK: tools for the world to take over itself!


Tools for the world to take over itself

The People Speak makes it easy for people to talk to each other in fun and creative ways. From street corners to conferences, events, museums and schools, our tools help people get involved in the discussions that matter most to them.

“The People Speak offers an extraordinarily innovative and technologically exciting approach to socially engaged public art that enables ordinary people to feel energised, excited and fully involved in the process.”

Nicky Adamson, The Garage


The People Speak create projects that give people an excuse to enjoy speaking to each other. The formats look familiar at first: a chat show , a game show or even a soccer kick-about, but once people are involved, there’s no limit to where they can take each other. No instruction manual is required, and we like to have as much fun and get just as involved as everyone else.

More information about each of these ‘tools for the world to take over itself’ can be found on their respective websites, and an overview of what The People Speak does, who we work with, and how we do what we do is available in this the people speak brochure.

The People behind the The People Speak are an expanding network of wonderfully skilled individuals, organised into teams for the needs of each project. Check them out.

All our techniques and technologies available for events, festivals, local broadcast or focus groups, training and education events. We work with all kinds of organisations with a remit to listen to people, recently including NESTA, FuterraThe Prince’s Trust, Islington, Southwark, Camden, Hackney and Sutton Councils,The Tate and the South London Gallery, to name a few. We are always interested in the challenge of adapting and developing The People Speak projects for new situations.

These are our tools, you can use them too!


Talkaoke is a pop up talk show that is has been gaining popularity in festivals, clubs, galleries, theatres, conferences and on the street. it consists of an illuminated round table with a host sitting in the middle on a swivel chair. Participants sit around the outside and are passed the microphone whenever they want to talk, coming and going as they please. The conversation is a journey from one unexpected subject to another. It can be topical, funny, deep, out-there, or all of the above. The participants must come up with the topics and it’s up to the host to keep everyone engaged.  Talkaoke is a great chance to hear the latest ideas that people are talking about and to generate and discover new ones.

Talkaoke has it’s own website at

The Talkaoke Promo video shows how table comes together, or see an example of it in action at This is Talkaoke. Or see our Residency at The National Theatre.

The Talkaoke table has been custom made and designed by The People Speak. It’s battery powered and can be deployed almost anywhere. The table has built in speakers and a microphone to amplify the conversation. It has lights and video recording equipment. The agenda is: there is no agenda. It is up to participants who sit round the table to come up with a collective direction. Our experienced host keeps the chat flowing.

Recently we’ve begun building new Talkaoke tables and running training courses. We have worked closely with the Antenna Gallery at The Science Museum, In Situ artists’ group in Lancashire and The Basildon Academies who are now all running their own successful Talkaoke sessions and events. If you are interested in setting up your own Talkaoke, please get in touch. We would love to help.

The art of facilitating a Talkaoke based conversation should look easy, but there are certain skills and tricks to keeping the conversation flowing. We are always looking to try out new people in the middle of the table to expand our pool of hosts and are running regular training nights at our studio sessions once a month. Check our events page from time to time to see when we are next running a studio sessions are.





Raffaele Schiavullo
the authorRaffaele Schiavullo
ADMINISTRATOR - Senior 3D/Virtual Reality Specialist and Automotive HMI developer - Working in London and "insanely" passionate about technology and its creative applications


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