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This is an idea developed based on Architecture Commons' "Community Kitchen Caldas - eating inexpensive and healthy meals together!"

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Buying bulk and selling produces cheap to locals show up on many of the concepts. This is a great idea of short cutting the system and make it more efficient, but on the other side of the coin, this could also mean harming some other business. Traditional market vendors, grocery shops, convenient stores, to name a few, relay on this "going around" system to make their income.

What do we do to this people / labor then ?

What if we reallocate them to run a different kind of business, the farmer's market, the community kitchen and the dining hall (bazzar) for example.

The management part of it is very crucial. What if the labor is divided by two groups. Group who run the kitchen and group who run the dining hall. The group who run the kitchen will not sell food at dining hall / canteen but will receive a certain amount of free food to take to their families. The other group will sell food cooked earlier by the other group and receive wages. The two groups will take turns.

This could also be a new attraction to invite outside interest into Caldas. Starting from a culinary tourism and will eventually create more business along the way.


I also include the suggested farming / land management method from my previous concept: "redefine comunity farming"

I hope this will complete the sustainable social business cycle.

How do you envision this idea making money?

The fund spent can be earned back from the profit of selling the food to locals and tourist. Or if the profit from selling the food goes directly to the families, the NGO will receive money from renting the kitchen and dining hall spaces. The money earned then will be reinvested into the expansion of the core of the system: farming and health care.

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

Families can receive better healthier from various food cooked at the community kitchen and served at the dining hall. Locals can also make money on every step of the way this extra income will help them to improve their health.

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

The female or / and older member of families play an important role in this system.

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

1.Organizing the local producers to commit to be part of the system 2.Re-allocating the labor for a common benefit 3.Publication of the event to attract outside interest (commercials, ads, etc)


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Hi Sean,

I am intrigued by the "share cropping" drawing that is included in this concept, however, it is not explained in the text of the concept itself. Was this from a previous inspiration? Or was it meant to be part of this concept?

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Hi Laci,

I had not see my page for a while now. Is my concept going for the evaluation phase ?
The share cropping thing was an inspiration I posted to support my cassava inspiration. It was connected to one of your concept. I was new with OpenIDEO and it seemed that I posted a concept on the inspiration phase and it was too early.

here is the link to the detail story:

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Hey Sean – you did indeed make the Evaluation shortlist. Congrats! You can always update your Concept and add info from your Inspiration or new improvements by hitting the Update button on the right of your post.

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