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Healthy traditional food network

A way for people across the world to share healthy versions of traditional dishes

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Who is the target audience for your idea and how does it inspire the end user to lead a healthier life?

The target audience is people everywhere who have great food knowledge. Let's encourage them to share their ideas for healthy food while tapping into culture and traditions. We need to involve young people and encourage them to collaborate with senior members of the community to capture their unique food ideas. The social networking aspect provides a platform for sharing healthy food recipes and other knowledge including the cultivation of plants and food preservation.

Would a network of people sharing their food ideas help to preserve other important aspects of their culture? Might they be encouraged to meet up and cook together? Including the younger members of the family is important as well. How might we encourage people in the community to pass on their knowledge and experience to the next generation? How might the younger members help? Possibly by acting as collectors and curators of knowledge, learning about healthy eating and providing the technical understanding to upload and share the ideas.

A central platform that uses apps and social networking would let people connect with each other to create and share healthier versions of traditional dishes. This could include collaborating on making a dish healthier or combining dishes to make new healthier versions.

The social networking aspect would encourage people to talk and share other aspects of their lives as well as their great food ideas.

There is also potential for linking to other areas of healthy eating such as cultivating plants and preserving what you have cooked or grown. Sharing growing tips and food preservation ideas would help towards a more integrated approach to healthy eating.

How might this be achieved?

An app would be a starting point providing a central platform for uploading new recipes and sharing growing and preservation tips. Would an App be available to all users or is there another way of sharing the information?

I can see the need for content that could be transferred between lots of different platforms. This would be a challenge to manage. At the end of the day it’s the sharing of healthy food ideas, recipes and food culture that would be at the heart of the network.

The interface needs to be easy to use and interact with so that people are encouraged to use it rather than worry about how it works. How might this be achieved?

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

The heart of the Healthy Traditional Food Network is an easy to use interface that can be rolled out across a number of different platforms. It could work as an app or have web access. It could also function as a text only application that connects simpler devices.

What skills, input or guidance are you keen to connect with from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea?

I'd like some help with the technical aspects of setting up an online platform that can be accessed by people using smartphones, feature phones and more basic devices that can handle text messaging. Also let's think about content and how we begin to collect all the fantastic traditional healthy food ideas that people have.

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Great seeing you in the challenge, Ian! Love your idea. What if there was an education element that families could use to teach their kids (and themselves!) about other cultures? Or a TV content tie-in so the kids would get references to what they're watching? Excited to see your idea evolve!

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hi Ian, I found your idea very interesting, I think that is necessary to think up some tricks to intercept the interest of young people .
Topics like strenghtness, beauty, success, self esteem might be the reasons to approach to an healthy lifestyle .

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Hi Ian, we're excited to see that your idea has sparked some interesting community comments. As conversations progress here, you might consider adding contributors to your OpenIDEO Team. Read more: Looking forward to seeing this idea will grow...

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Welcome to the Ideas Phase Ian! We're glad that you expressed interest in developing this idea from the Research Phase. It'd be great if you might answer the Idea submission questions by hitting Edit Contribution at the top of your post.

In the meantime, you might like to check out and build on these two like-minded posts:

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Thanks Shane. I've added some more information for the ideas phase. I'll check out the other posts.

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Exciting updates Ian! Here's another related idea that you might like to check out:
We'd love for our OpenIDEO community to exchange thoughts on similar initiatives.

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Thinking about moving the idea forward I wondered about all the ideas for good healthy food and recipes that we carry around in our heads. I have a small range of meals that I cook that I just throw together but they always seem to work! How many other people do the same? If we could somehow tap into this and encourage people to share their ideas we would have the beginnings of a network or repository of healthy food ideas.

What sort of platform would work best for sharing ideas? An App would work providing everyone had a phone that would run the App.

What about feature phones and more basic phones?

I’m imagining a ‘smart’ platform that can tailor its response to the type of device it is connecting to. Basically everyone gets the information in the format that they need.

Is this possible?