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Great idea! Affinity groups usually spring up around nationality, religion, or academic focus, but rarely around actual relevant background that moderates the lived experience in the campus environment. Particularly at elite universities, in which generations of wealth and privilege are prevalent, having a group of people with whom to feel normal is critical. I have several former undergraduate classmates who were every bit as driven and smart, but didn't have the support systems to thrive in a foreign environment. You should connect to organizations like Companies that Care, who are focusing beyond merely getting lower-income and first-generation students into college, but instead trying to help them graduate. Also, think about how specifically local alumni and other networks can provide in-person support.

Can this pulse treatment also be used to purify water? I assume that in many of the places in which milk spoilage is an issue, water quality is, too. If cow manure can power 10x the amount of milk, I assume there would be left over capacity to 'pasteurize' other things as well, or potentially to power other things.

In terms of markets to try this in, I might suggest looking at Israel, where there are a number of dairy farms, and farmers who think both about sustainability and cost.


Yoni commented on A Powerful Playground !


I think this is a great starting point, and we've built on it in our idea to make schools into the focal point of a community approach to normalize the idea of being a net producer of energy.

Having the playground power something tangible is a really important part of increasing the possibility of larger adoption. We envisioned that the playground might power a greenhouse, for example, which could be used to feed students, and teach about biology.

I'd love to get your reaction on how we've situated your idea into a larger context.