Learning from DinnerSurfer
DinnerSurfer is a community where users can create and share food with others searching for homemade meals. The platform solves the problems of food waste and unhealthy take-away. What if we created a community where individuals across generations can use dinner time to bond over food and share skills or insights?
How would you describe your idea in one sentence?
DinnerSurfer is a digital platform that connects community members cooking dinner with users looking for homemade food and facilitates social connections over dinner time.
This idea builds on Ashwin's
idea to connect community members across generations during mealtimes, but expands the scope of the idea by suggesting the use of a digital platform that connects users every day of the week.
DinnerSurfer, a platform originally built to reduce food waste and improve urban nutrition, is well-positioned as a convening mechanism to connect youth and older adults over dinner. As a platform, DinnerSurfer can integrate other ideas such as
Do something for the first time, and
Teach or Skip (thanks Carola and Louis!) as activities to faciliate mentorship and skills sharing across generations during mealtimes.
Payment is exchanged to cover the cost of ingredients, enabling both youth and older adults to work together to reduce the cost of nutritious and wholesome food.
What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to test any assumptions you might have about your idea?
To prototype this iteration of DinnerSurfer, I will host an intergenerational dinner and record insights and observations from the experience. Recipes and recommendations are welcome!
What aspects of your idea could benefit from the input, skills or know-how of our OpenIDEO community?
Community members: I'd love help with running lightweight experiments across cultures to see how meal sharing and DinnerSurfer impact community members around the globe. Please share your insights below!