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Amanda C. commented on Food as Resilience: farms, fermentation & entrepreneurship

Makes me really happy to see this idea during the expert feedback phase! In college, I did a research project related to bringing fresh produce into developing neighborhoods. In additional, I met someone who built a similar organization in the San Francisco Bay Area called Farm-X (http://www.farm-x.com/) that focused on lessening teen unemployment while empowering them to learn about hydroponics. Maybe your organizations could pick each others' brains and exchange ideas on how to improve both of your companies roadmaps, urban farming, and work with teens. I'd say my question is, how do you plan to keep teens engaged in the program and feeling proud and excited to persuade friends to also join? If there was a way to create a "tipping point" to have teens spread the organization's work through word of mouth, there would be a sustained amount of teens within the program. Or perhaps collaborating with local school clubs or events to kickstart that process!

I think this is a great idea. As someone who is from the San Francisco Bay Area, I grew up seeing/assuming that problems can be addressed through technology, new apps, etc. Although that's definitely helped, I feel that many people focus too much on improving technology and not taking into consideration the different cultures and dynamic within communities outside of our own bubble. The most advanced technology can be created, but it means next to nothing if communities don't embrace them. By utilizing spiritual leaders, these communities are able to follow and gain help through their usual means in a more comfortable setting. I guess my main question would be, what are common challenges with on boarding spiritual leaders with your workshop series? Are there any challenges or causes of friction that could cause the program to not extend across the many different communities in Kenya and Tanzania?

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Amanda C. commented on A manifesto for change

Wow, I'm incredibly impressed with how much effort and thought you put into the project!! Your prototype website looks great, and I think the wording/statements you use in your marketing/branding examples do align with going "back to basics" but with really powerful words. Great work!