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Community Kitchen

This is an idea to encourage one of the simple pleasures in life — a home cooked meal made by family and friends.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

My idea is designed for hospice patients and the visiting family and friends of hospice patients. This is an idea to encourage one of the simple pleasures in life — a home cooked meal made by family and friends.

In his TED Talk, BJ Miller spoke of the wonders of fresh baked cookies in the fully staffed kitchen at the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. What would this kitchen look like if it were designed for the use of all visitors? Could we build a space for hospice visitors to bring fresh vegetables and produce to prepare a loved one’s favorite dish? A lot of shared memories happen with family and friends in the kitchen. Can this be a space to delight patients with the smell and taste their favorite meals, to create new memories with family, to engage a community experiencing loss?

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

I'd like to research the viability of this idea in existing hospice kitchens in my area.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

If you happen to work at a hospice with a kitchen, I'd love to hear from you!

Tell us about your work experience:

Background in Art & Design, Photography, Computer Science. Currently a User Experience Designer.

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