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My Best Recipe

Younger people interview older adults about their "Best Recipe", document it, help cook and learn how to cook it, and transmit it forward long after the initial contact has receded into the past.

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How would you describe your idea in one sentence?

Younger people interview older adults about their "Best Recipe", document it, help cook and learn how to cook it, and transmit it forward long after the initial contact has receded into the past.
Younger people interview older adults about their Best Recipe, document it, help cook and learn how to cook it, and transmit it forward long after the initial contact has receded into the past.

Who are the target users of your idea and how does your idea speak directly to their needs, life stages and goals?

Young people would help older adults select and capture their best recipe. The recipe cooking process would be recorded and shared.

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to test any assumptions you might have about your idea?

Conduct a "My Best Recipe" interview with an older adult.

What aspects of your idea could benefit from the input, skills or know-how of our OpenIDEO community?

Conduct a "My Best Recipe" interview with an older adult and share the findings.

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Photo of Patrick Donohue
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Great idea Avi, I think there are so many phenomenal stories that could be told through food and food preparation. I personally love food documentaries like Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and I'm actually kind of surprised that I haven't seen a documentary telling a series of stories through recipes.

I also love how specific the idea is, seems like one of the easier ideas to test out, but also one with a lot of potential for impact. I'd love to see how you consider growing the idea beyond a concept or something an individual filmmaker would do, and what it would take to get a whole host of people doing this on a regular basis.

For example, I think this would make a great project for high schools students to undertake, as it would require demonstrating a host of useful skills to make it work well.

You could consider developing a standard set of storyboard templates that young filmmakers can follow to make their recipe documentaries. The app Toontastic is a phenomenal example of using a templated path to enable very young users to do something that might seem complex at first: making their own cartoons.

Again, great work!

Patrick

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Photo of Meena Kadri
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Fun stuff! Anyone up for giving the lightweight experiment a go? Could be easy, fun and lead to more insights on building this exciting idea out.

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Photo of Tracy Brandenburg
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Nice work! I love anything that has to do with food! Something I've been a part of that always seems to be a success, though I've never tried pairing seniors with young people, is an international food event/festival. Essentially you host an event at a school, college, church, etc. and have booths where people can try international dishes for free. Perhaps such events could be designed so that young people are cooking with and learning from older people and then they present and serve this dish together at their booth. The recipe could even be made available to everyone. And just to add on another idea, maybe this could be a fundraiser for a club, like a student high school/college club. This might get the young people motivated to organize such an event.

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Photo of Tracy Brandenburg
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One more thing! Maybe the fundraiser could involve selling the cookbook too!

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Photo of Paul Reader
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Great idea Avi.
An initial joint activity and learning experience for the younger generation that can then be transferred back to the older generation on subsequent interactions. Although cooking is the vehicle in this instance the principle transcends the cooking example.

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Photo of SYEDA KHADERBI
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Hi Avi,

Good Idea, yet it needs to be improved.

I invite your valuable comments on my “IDEA” captioned as “MAGIC CLASSES” under Ideas Phase of the Challenge “How might we inspire and engage young people to support older adults through mentorship? ”, so as to utilize them while updating the Idea.

The contents so far stated under my Idea are just useful for initiating the implementation of the project, i.e., it is just an entry point to gather easily the youth & Older-Adults together under disguise of “Magic Classes” in any habitation/area/locality. Much more has to be added to develop it into a full-fledged Idea. Your comment will guide/enable me to bring-out the material stored in my mind in a complete & perfect form.

Expecting needful cooperation by way of your tricky comment, which is most worthy for developing my Idea. Please help me learn more from your benevolence.

With Best Regards,
SYEDA KHADERBI, M.A., M.Com.,

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Photo of Avi Solomon
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Syeda,
I highly recommend that you watch the 2013 movie "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone". It has a touching scene relating to your excellent idea.
Best,
Avi