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Turning Garbage Into Trees

How will 30 scavenger families & 1 dumpsite create 15,000 jobs, a livelihood to 150 schools & 105 million pesos potential income to farmers.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

The Philippine Government already has so many laws, executive orders, policies, memoranda, and many typologies for climate change mitigation and adaptation, attached are some. "Turning Garbage Into Trees" aims to apply these methodologies into actions. Raising 3 million coffee & cacao quality seedlings in 3 months is achievable and producing the same volume for the next 5 years is doable. For the meantime, will focus these fast growing cash crop to help support and fast track agricultural rehabilitation in typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) affected areas. We intend to include later biodiversity and landscape restoration when school communities environmental learning centers are well established. This has to work and work hard to make this happen. What is badly needed today are highly skilled 'integrators' to convene multi-sector partnership and identify personalities with sincere dedication and relentless commitment. We already have gathered some representations from the academe, the local government, the private sector, peoples' organization and pastoral partnerships. Pledges of commitment attached. Today, we are working in defining clear roles and governance structure, and to formulate a sustainable business model for stakeholders to become entrepreneurs and future shareholders. We have to advocate our little experimentation in the city dump into provincial wide application and make it successful for the national government to adopt for a country wide implementation.

WHO BENEFITS?

Beneficiaries includes scavenger communities through composting livelihood. Communities along riverbanks for river sand a component material in seedling soil mix. Bamboo producing communities to supply bamboo materials in nursery establishments. Nipa producing communities as roofing materials. And school community nurseries seedling production livelihood and environmental education. Beneficiaries for final seedling product (focus meantime on coffee & cacao) are Farmers, GO's, NGO's, others.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

Poverty is the absence of opportunities. Urban slums in dumpsites and landfill has the resources to improve soil fertility, increase farmers income, support organic gardens, promote community collaborations and many more potentials to accelerate social, economic and environmental based development services governments and other organizations desires to improve.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Yes, for two or more years

EXPERTISE

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I wanted to become an effective 'integrator', someone that could steer collaboration among local leaders and heads of offices and agencies. Even though this requires a highly skilled individual of which I lack the capacity and experience, but I should and must try to become one.
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Miles Masci

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"Hello Miles, Please share us your time, talent and skills regarding the above concept proposition above. Hope you'll find time to evaluate proposal suggestion. Please be with us and make us one of your teams for the Philippines. Thank you. Sincerely, Nelson"

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Mike Biddle

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"Hello Mike, Our concept suggestion above involves harvesting of organic mineral deposits in dumpsites and landfill. We are also very interested in technology that could process the plastics and other trash as a byproduct after sifting the compost. We understand your organization is working on turning plastic into diesel fuel. Could these trash/plastics suitable as raw material? Will the fuel run in our existing engines? Please share with us some interventions. Thank you so much, Nelson"

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KIM DYAN CALDERON

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"Hello Kim, I was one of the nominee for Southern Leyte scholarship for the Development Academy of the Philippines: Master in Public Management Major in Local Governance and Development but was not able to continue course due to my employment status. The above is our program proposition. Please be one of our advisers and mentor. Sincerely, Nelson"

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Hari Krishna Nibanupudi

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"Hello Hari, We are hoping the above concept suggestion is inline with your interest. Hope you'll find time to evaluate plans and guide us through. Thank you, Nelson"

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Attachments (6)

OpenIdeoConceptPresentation.pptx

This will be the presentation we will share with officemates and my supervisor. First step in User Experience Map. We already have shared the same concept presentation with Edmund Rice Services together with the Diocese of Maasin Action Center representative. Initial suggestion with group is to start with few school communities and continue advocacy for local government support.

OpenIdeo-User Experience Map.pptx

Breaking concept into bite-sized pieces. A visualization of the end-to-end user experience guide. A reference user journey toolkit.

Raising A Million Seedlings-Draft Financial Plan2.pdf

This is a draft proposition on how to make our marginalized sector of society become stakeholder-entrepreneurs and arrived at solutions to find resources for investment opportunities.

Pledge of Commitment & Partner Resumes.pdf

We have gathered support from important personalities in the locality per letter of commitment and resumes attached. They are individuals that could best represent a local core group. Our concern today is how to build capacity among us.

Joint Memorandum Cdircular 2015-01 (Dept. of Budget & Management, and Climate Change Commission).pdf

One salient provision under this circular is incorporating climate change action programs down to community level, integrating expenditures in the local budget. There should be no problem implementing school tree plant nurseries with these directives.

E.O. 26.docx

The program specifically seeks to plant 1.5 billion seedlings in 1.5 million hectares of public lands nationwide in six years, from 2011 to 2016. What if all these seedlings are raised in school nurseries? What if these school nurseries are managed and run both by the school administration and the community itself as part of their climate change action plan? What if other communities considers to purchase and plant the seedlings produced as their climate change action programs?

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Documenting opportunity to prototype, https://web.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.603146976508974.1073741840.219746018182407&type=3.
Latest attempt to integrate local development plans, http://www.slideshare.net/nelsontenojo/turning-garbage-into-trees-63163672.
Thanks for now.

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Respectfully sharing for reference and guide to follow 'Program Resilient Urban Slum Upgrade Phase 1&2 and Proposed Partners.doc' attachment at https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/urban-resilience/ideas/change-poverty-mindset-for-successful-urban-slum-upgrade/comments#! Thanks Ian & Mila for building template! Happy Monday to us all!

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Really interesting read. All the best for all the hard work :)

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Thank you so much Arushi, your keeping us inspired! Thank you once again. May we add you to the team?

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Sure :) Do i have any responsibilities as team member? What does being a team member mean? Im new to Open Ideo

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Hello Arushi, apologies for this very late reply. Honestly, I also still do not know where to begin. Maybe, we could start by sharing the concept to friends and networks. It also might be applicable in their places. For the meantime, we have uploaded an OpenIdeo User Experience Map that would serve as guide for our local steps. Hope you'll like it too! Thanks Arushi and happy Monday from us here in the Philippines.

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Such a great idea :)

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Thank you so much Riya, highly appreciate your feedback. So inspiring. We are lucky our country already has formulated laws (few attached) that we could lean on. All we need to do as ordinary citizens is get involved. Hope to make concept happen. Thank you once again Riya and may we add you to the team. Thank you and happy Wednesday!

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When the national government of the Philippines pass laws, executive orders and memorandum circulars (files attached) to enter into close working arrangements for collective impact, it is only natural that most of the objectives are not met. As ordinary citizens we must also do our share to truly become one government active and engaged. The proposition concept above is dedicated to all of us. Thank you and happy Sunday!

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It has been, and might continue to be, a perennial challenge for donor organizations to deliver greater impact to beneficiaries. Most often, only 10% of aid, grants and donations finally reach the communities. Sometimes nothing at all. 90% they say are spent by government entities and elite planners. Large budget allocations mostly spent on training's and ideation in luxurious venues.

I don't know whether this is true. But what if we try giving funds directly to the intended communities? It may answer 100% receipt of funds but are we ready to take risk to beneficiaries like this community, https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.41978916... Is philanthropy willing to experiment with these suggestions?

It's only in thoughts, but love to imagine when our deprived sectors become employers. Having funds hiring professionals to work for them and acquire assets needed for equity. It is really difficult to attract sincere collaboration. Maybe through this approach, we could find genuine service from local prospective partners and individuals.

Are we ready to take risk and give this a try? Hope you could share your time, talent and resources in refining above concept entry and help us convince our government to try and implement program suggestions. Thank you.

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I am a member of the Global Resilience Collaborative and I think our team has some connections in the area that might help. Check us out here: http://globalresiliencecollaborative.com/

I'll see who else I can connect to this worth initiative

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Dear Peter,
Thank you so much for sharing GRC site above! So happy! And, above all, your comment is like an atom bomb sending explosions of inspirations and motivations.
Thank you so much Peter!
Sincerely,
Nelson
P.s. Adding you to team. Thank you once again.

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Dear Peter,
Received email from Jelenko couple of days ago. Thank you! Following Roadmender.
Thank you so much Doc for everything. Thank you once again.
Happy weekend.

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Hello Nelson. Thank you very much for considering me to be part of your initiative here in ideo. Let me share with you this article from The http://RSA.org about creative collaboration for public services that I think is in line with your vision for the collaborative process to implement the initiative.

I look forward to delving deeper into the project.

https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2015/09/creative-collaboration-can-meet-the-challenges-facing-public-services/

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Dear Kim,
Thank you so much for sharing blog by Atif Shafique of RSA and for your very kind words for accepting invitation. Yes Kim, finding a genuine collaboration is really an enduring challenge. Most often, policies are written only for transactional purposes only. But I believe our present system (Philippines) will eventually change and governance will evolved. Slowly our country are formulating beautiful laws we could lean on. Like E.O. 26 National Greening Program and Joint Memorandum Circular 2015-01 are among some strong national policies in creative collaboration.
We've tried the concept of convergence in our experiments in 2009 and until now it continued to sustain itself (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.208293133233.133817.722418233&type=3) Although it is only a small initiative yet it proves that collaboration across sectors is effective.
'People Shaped Localism' in the blog you shared is very interesting. Already subscribed and will follow discussion. Very inspiring and hope to gather some thoughts we could implement locally.
We'll dive in this together Kim and make it happen.
Lets walk the thoughts in fostering deep connections with communities and genuine collaboration with sectors and institutions across society and make everybody happy, especially the deprived communities in our urban society, the scavengers.
Thank you once again Kim for sharing your time. Keep us posted!
Sincerely,
Nelson

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Hi Nelson,
Thanks so much for sharing your idea! I notice that you've added a number of attachments, but wonder whether you could tell us a bit more about you you envision this idea playing out in your community. Maybe you could start by including the answers to who generally will be involved, how might they work together and why you think that this could be an effective solution for your beneficiaries.
Looking forward to learning more!
Chioma

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Hello Chioma,

Pleasant greetings from the Philippines!

Thank you so much for starting this conversation. Generally, we will involve as many sectors we could find in the locality. Just like in 2003 community reforestation (https://www.flickr.com/photos/restoregreenmovement/albums/72157603374575839) many groups participated and opened opportunities for local livelihood (https://www.flickr.com/photos/restoregreenmovement/albums/72157602966748092) and windows to connect other communities (https://www.flickr.com/photos/restoregreenmovement/albums/72157602900167694) Finally in 2011, our government launched the Philippine National Greening Program under E.O. No. 26 attached wherein 16 national government agencies converged to answer what was then the MGD. Although the program will end in 2016, but there are more laws to address UN SDG campaign. Joint Memorandum Cir. 2015-01 attached is one.

Honestly, it is difficult to attract collaboration even with all the written policies and binding documents. However along the way, you'll find sincere individuals that could ignite cooperation, the attached list are a few. Today, our experiments with the scavenger's community composting livelihood plans in 2006 might be recognized (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.8615973233.16250.722418233&type=3) and the plan to accelerate environmental education (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.208293133233.133817.722418233&type=3) will now have a greater change to be replicated.

The question of how to work together is really tough! Building capacity among local prospective partners is one big challenge. May we share to the community our D-Prize Concept Entry Doc at (http://www.slideshare.net/nelsontenojo/environmental-education-key-to-advancing-sustainability-in-the-future). We are confident through OpenIDEO portal we will find answers together.

Thank you so much Chioma. We add you to the team! Together, we will make this happen.

Sincerely,

Nelson