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An open source networking platform that is easy to use, easy to customize and made to deliver up-to-the-minute information to those who need it.

An open source networking platform that is easy to use, easy to customize and made to deliver up-to-the-minute information to those who need it.

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crystal commented on a restaurant society

I say street food carts should definitely be included. They are already working on a local, intimate platform, so it would be a seamless transition. Either way, I love the concept and keeps it simple.

I'm not sure I agree with Duncan. I think we've created a social system that requires large-scale food production, but it is not a fixed system. I think communities, on the neighborhood scale, might want to consider bringing food production to their backyards or a shared, accessible lot. But that will require folks to get real about the food they are buying. It is not normal to eat mangoes any time of the year because they don't grow in the US. So people will have to make tough choices such as foregoing the mango and buying a regionally specific, seasonal fruit. I know it's hard, because I love tropical fruits—the more exotic, the better—but I would be willing to give them up in if meant having a more sustainable system that deepens interpersonal relationships between producers, retailers and consumers.

This challenge was a particularly challenging one. I found myself at a loss for concepts that hadn't already been proposed. I also found myself wondering exactly how do you get people to care about where their food comes from in a way that isn't paternalistic or that requires complex logistics. Then, while I was in Mexico, I spoke to a woman who worked for the USDA in the fifties or sixties. She told me that the USDA had a team of employees who were sent to preschools, childcare facilities and the homes of new mothers to teach them about nutrition and healthy eating. Of course the program was terminated at some point, but I thought it was such a brilliant idea. Providing face-to-face meetings with people to show them how simple it can be to eat well. Additionally, they were getting to people at an early stage in life. I'll definitely be applauding those concepts that create an interpersonal framework and targets young people. I'll also be keeping my out for concepts that smartly employ new technologies; in other words, concepts that understand technology is a facilitator not the main attraction.