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Local Food Barter

Old people as we know tend to have more technical knowledge about hands-on stuffs. For instance, planting, cooking, sewing, etc. However on the other hand, youngsters or any of those who are engaged already to the IT world (probably 50 years old and below) are generally well-equipped with IT knowledge or even too busy to pick up old fashion skills. A Local Food Barter allows youngsters and oldies to come together and share experience. Youngster will get good foods plant by their grandparents while in exchange for probably Weekend IT classes.

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How would you describe your idea in one sentence?

Old or young, it's one world we are sharing.
How will it Work?
  1. Old folks, get some fresh vege etc to the market, cook some healthy food for the neighbours, sew some clothes, or whatever else that you might one for your grandchildren.
  2. Youngsters can go out and shop for nutritious, free, and loving foods from the market.
  3. During weekends where youngster would be free from hectic jobs, in trade for the weeks food supply and good food they shall repay the old folks with some entertainment or whatever new tech that is in the house.
Might or might not succeed?
  • Cooperation is a definite key
  • Organizing team should be hardworking as well
  • If it can be done few hundred years back then, why not now?

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

Facebook group (for youngsters) that updates daily barter market. On the other hand, physically inviting people to the district hall to announce the system.

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

More examples of current applied barter systems around the world.

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