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Build Medical Herbman Coffee Shops!

Calda's Weakness: health, poverty, malnutrition Calda's strengths: nature, people, space, best COFFEE in the world! Medical Herbman Coffee project is something that I saw here in Japan done by a team of architects as a side project. Where they only use 2 containers, herbs, coffee stand set, and send this to different areas in Japan and Asia where these similar problems exist. What is Herbman? It is a herb made man in the floor, where each herb that is planted in his body, is meant to be good for that part of the body. It is both interesting to the eye, and also teaches children and adults about what is good for your body. Storyline: Set up the Herbman to Caldas⇒Install coffee shop on the back⇒Make money with the sales⇒make a children's park with part of the sales⇒move the herbman to another region of Caldas More details on Herbman here:

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This is a Herbman, done in Japan as a test. 
As you can see, the herbman is in front, and the two containers become coffee shops in the back. 

How do you envision this idea making money?

Herbs and Coffee sales would make the money for this project.

How does this idea create social impact, particularly around improving health?

It teaches what herbs are good for you, and you can consume them at the same time.

How does this idea add social value at every step of the process?

The "movement" of the herbman makes this project social. It is almost like a circus coming to town. A space where people come to enjoy the herbs and coffee and the same time a place to exchange ideas and talk to each other about their hardships. It would be a first step to not only have a new social business model, but also to make spaces where children can play safely, and grow a new generation of children who are educated about what to eat and how to take care of themselves.

What are the short term steps we could take to implement this idea tomorrow?

1.Contruct the Latin America Herbman Pack 2. Look for the perfect place for Herbaman's first installation


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Great concept, Akira. I love how the concept is playful and educational at the same time.

It is nice that tather than talking about illness, the concept talks about how to stay healthy.

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Thanks Anne for the comment and for telling me about OpenIDEO. Was waiting for a while for the registrations to open.
Yes, I think too that concentrating in positive ideas and solutions gets us closer to better results.

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