OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign up, Login or Learn more

Food Waste Challenge – Community Voices August 1st, 2016

Photo of OpenIDEO
4 0

Written by

Image title

Over the course of the Food Waste Challenge, we'll be featuring snapshots of OpenIDEO members who are making meaningful contributions to our community. This week, let’s take a look at what’s been inspiring Sharon D’ Costa and Alan Hurt in the Challenge.


Sharon D’Costa is a marketer and social entrepreneurship enthusiast with an academic background in business design and psychology. She is the founder of Word of Mouse, a creative solutions and digital marketing company in Mumbai, India.



Alan Hurt is the CEO of Innospce Lab - a Design Thinking and Innovation Consultancy. Alan also founded Light Up Africa, a social enterprise in the renewable energy sector. He is currently at Georgia Institute of Technology working on a Master of Science in Computer Science to help him build Developfy.  



What brought you to the Food Waste Challenge?

Sharon: This challenge has personal relevance for me. I live in a developing country where millions of people can't afford decent meals each day, yet we have a considerable amount of food waste from the more privileged classes. This leftover food, if donated to the poor, can save lives. I would love to learn how different cultures tackle the issue of wastage and use the insights to come up with ideas that can be implemented.


Alan: From a very young age, I have always been passionate about knowledge and food. More importantly, I am interested in the exploration of knowledge sharing as a means to understand the global challenges we face as humans. This is what brought me to participate in the Food Waste Challenge.


Which inspirations caught your eye so far?

Alan: An inspiration that has caught my eye is one of my own submissions: Culinary Institute of America’s Food Business School. I believe this is currently the best approach to dramatically reduce waste by transforming our relationship with food. Why? CIA FBS is the first non-profit I have seen who is focused on the capacity building of food systems that have remained relatively unchanged for decades.  


Sharon: The ideas of sharing or donating leftover food inspired me — such as the one about the public fridge for leftover food, and the one about donating leftovers from lunch boxes to the poor. In developing countries there are a lot of food going to waste, and there are millions of hungry people who need it — It's really about bringing the two together. It appears that the most effective solutions are usually the simplest ones. I would love to explore this angle further and see what ideas it may lead to.


Join Sharon, Alan and the rest of the OpenIDEO community on the Food Waste Challenge!

1.6k 4
Food Waste Challenge

4 comments

Join the conversation:

Comment
Photo of An Old Friend

Hello to every one out here, am here to share the unexpected miracle that happened to me. MY NAME IS dickson walter,i live in TEXAS,USA.and I`m happily married to a lovely and caring wife,with two kids A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my wife so terrible that she took the case to court for a divorce she said that she never wanted to stay with me again,and that she did not love me anymore So she packed out of my house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get her back,after much begging,but all to no avail and she confirmed it that she has made her decision,and she never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my wife So i explained every thing to her,so she told me that the only way i can get my wife back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for her too So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email address of the spell caster whom she visited.(AKHERETEMPLE@gmail.com}, So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address she gave to me,and DR AKHERE assured me that i will get my wife back the next day what an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my wife who did not call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that she was coming back So Amazing!! So that was how she came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and she apologized for her mistake,and for the pain she caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster . So, i will advice you out there to kindly CONTACT this wonderful man Dr AKHERE,if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to "bringing your ex back. So thanks to DR AKHERE for bringing back my wife,and brought great joy to my family once again.DR AKHERE, Thanks.. for bring joy and happiness to my family ones again thanks if you need his help email he AKHERETEMPLE@gmail.com

View all comments