Out of curiosity, do you think your family's eating habits would have changed had your mother not been diagnosed with diabetes? I ask because it's very common for people to overhaul their lifestyle and eating habits only after a major catalyst like this (myself included!) Perhaps your observations and experiences in leading a healthier lifestyle could, if shared, inspire others to make the switch before they experience detrimental health impacts.
That line of thought got me wondering about how your recipes and personal story could be shared with others (bringing in the technology element of this project). What sort of platforms could you use to share your recipes? Online is a logical choice - perhaps starting a blog to share recipes, or setting up an online community and inviting others to collaborate and share?
Perhaps you've seen sites like thesugarbreakup.com.au and iquitsugar.com? Both of them are used to share recipes, healthy eating tips and personal stories from people who have overhauled their lifestyle, or made incremental changes to their eating habits.
Blogs are relatively cost effective and quite universal, so perhaps this is a good place to start? You could also reach out to health organisations and see if it's possible to use their channels and networks to promote your recipes and message of health.
Hi Fouad, I really enjoyed reading this contribution. Not only could this idea inspire people to lead physically healthier lives by having access to better/healthier food, it also talks to emotional wellness through community bonding. I think that’s great.
I agree with Gavin’s comment that one of the most interesting things about your model is something that was perhaps unintended; you have inspired other forms of giving beyond sharing meals (car share, babysitting, etc). Is this something you would like to leverage in your technology? Perhaps your website could allow users to nominate something they're willing to share (food, cars, etc), or something they are in need of (a babysitter), and other users could search through these listings to see what appeals to them. A private messaging and/or vetting process perhaps could follow. It would be interesting to explore the scope of what you can influence.
Your note about the system not being bullet proof is fair enough, but how do you think you could use options within your platform to try and reduce the risk of people cancelling at the last moment (hosts and guests)? As a suggestion, perhaps you could have a system of upfront, non-refundable payment (within certain parameters) so that if someone did cancel, the others in the group are not left out of pocket, or perhaps have the means to arrange to enjoy their meal elsewhere.
How also would you influence trust and privacy through this platform? I can image some people being wary of having strangers in their home (in the case of a community that isn’t so tight nit to start with). Would there perhaps be a feature that allows people to private message each other for a time before choosing to give out the details of who they are and exactly where they live?
Overall though I think this is a really intriguing idea that, with a little finessing and the right platform, could be something quite influential. That you for sharing it with us.
Really interesting contribution and one that I think has a lot of already researched merit. Tele-communication between doctor and patient does seem to be taking off in the US with services like Teladoc and iMedic Plus already servicing a huge database. I also notice that the cost of these services - usually between $15 - $30 per consultation - are either in line or just marginally cheaper than seeing a doctor in person (in the case of non-medicare covered visits, that is). This is also advantageous.
There's a great case study out of Georgia - http://bit.ly/1QvFCQE - that measures the impact of a partnership between the Southwest Health District’s CenteringPregnancy® program and Women’s Telehealth in Atlanta on reducing pre-term labour birth rates in disadvantaged areas. It was found to be tremendously successful. The case study notes that, " The arrangement is much more efficient and effective for low-income patients who must make childcare or travel arrangements, or who lack convenient access to telephones, Milling said. "It also eliminates barriers of insurance status for the patients, so we are seeing them earlier," added Dr. Grant. "There is also an ease of scheduling. Patients are consulting earlier and are more compliant.""
This article - http://bit.ly/1dTHrc3 - expands the advantages still further, listing the top 5 benefits as: 1) Convenience for both patient and doctor 2) A virtual waiting room is better than the physical one 3) Increased patient engagement thanks to screensharing 4) More convenient, automatic record-keeping 5) Patients feel like doctors pay better attention to them during virtual visits
Further, this model would provide more quality medical care to patients in un-serviced regional areas.
Great model. Great contribution towards inspiring all socioeconomic and multicultural groups to lead healthier lives.