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Vegetable Circus Stage Shows & After-School Programs!

A Vegetable Circus stage show uses movement arts and circus skills to teach children about healthy eating and living. The performers are cool role models who visibly demonstrate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, while keeping the audience captivated with their skills. We would start with a revamped stage show that tours underprivileged elementary schools across the country. Along the way, we can recruit and train new talent to lead shows and after-school programming, through which we can integrate many of the other most important concepts presented here on OpenIDEO. This concept not only promotes healthy eating and food knowledge, but also thinking for one's self, anti-peer pressure and bullying, healthy activities, physical fitness, and trying new things, while including the parents in the process.

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1) Define the curriculum for the stage show, to ensure that we're getting as many of the most important messages to the kids as we can, with the help of Jamie Oliver and other respected health experts. Include the creation of take-home messages for parents so they can follow up on our main points with their children.

2) Refine the script with help from health & theater experts; then do some small practice shows to work out the kinks with a real audience; use their responses to do final refinements to the show.

3) Book a free stage show tour for the poorest schools in the nation; perhaps include an appropriate children's musician to accompany us, and get our message out there!

4) Use the buzz from the tour to recruit young, relatable talent across the country to lead their own chapters of the Vegetable Circus; host some training camps and then help book our new chapters at after-school programs, elementary schools and community events. We could include many of the other best concepts into these programs; a focus on food education and cooking would accompany a variety of movement arts training.

5) Produce a television show that can teach these ideas to the masses!

There is already a network of Vegetable Circus performers on both coasts, who have paved a lot of the initial groundwork, and experimented with these programs for about 6 years now. It's been a non-profit endeavor from the start, and we think with Jamie's help, we have a theme here that kids across the country can really relate to! To learn more about the Vegetable Circus, check out:

Evaluation results

6 evaluations so far

1. Food Knowledge - To what extent is this concept teaching people about food knowledge?

It's teaching people a great deal about food knowledge - 50%

It's teaching people a moderate deal about food knowledge - 16.7%

It's teaching people a little about food knowledge - 33.3%

It's not focused on food knowledge - 0%

2. Cooking - Is this concept focused on getting people to cook?

It's all about getting people to cook - 33.3%

It's moderately about getting people to cook - 16.7%

It's getting people to cook a little - 33.3%

It's not focused on cooking at all - 16.7%

3. Originality - How original is this idea?

This idea is extremely original - 66.7%

This idea is somewhat original - 33.3%

This idea has some originality about it - 0%

I have seen this idea before - 0%

4. Scalability - How scalable is this idea across communities and geographies?

This idea can be scaled across many communities and places - 33.3%

This idea can be scaled but needs some work - 33.3%

This idea will take a fair bit of work to scale - 33.3%

This idea cannot scale at all - 0%


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This has an educational, emotional, social and fun aspect. I love your idea!

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