Bettina - I like Gardening Connection. Here are a couple of ideas that hopefully tie in values of gardening and hospice/palliative care; hoping members from the OpenIDEO community can share their insights. - Garden of Connections - Garden of Peace
Bettina - I really like the updated version of the idea. I've gone through your comments; please see below for my response.
Bio-Urn Green Cemetery: I spoke to a few people in my network about the Bio-Urn green cemetery intertwined with urban green projects. I got mixed reactions to the idea; please see below for the feedback I received. This points to a cultural divide, which you mentioned in your comment. I believe this version of a cemetery could work if there is community buy-in. Feedback: - My runner friends/colleagues were not against it; they looked as 'urn' trees and gardens bringing new life into the space, and the opportunity to use the green space for citizen-led events such as Jane's Walk (http://janeswalk.org/) or Building Roads Together (https://farahwayglobal.com/building-roads-together/) - My Jewish friends were against walking in a cemetery because of religious customs associated with visiting cemeteries. - Some of my Indian/Chinese colleagues were not very keen on the idea. (See the New York Times article on this: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/09/us/cemetery-plan-clashes-with-neighbors-culture.html?_r=0) Finally, the idea about urban gardens in at-risk neighbourhoods, came from a couple of sources: - article I read in the National Geographic Magazine (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/04/nature-urban-national-parks/), and - Hult Prize finalist - Reel Gardening that tackles nutrition and gardening in urban slums, particular in South Africa (http://www.reelgardening.co.za/; https://www.changemakers.com/globalgoals2015/entries/reel-gardening) - Ron Finley's TED talk on urban gardening in South Central LA (https://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_in_south_central_la?language=en)
Incorporating Hospice Patients into Existing Gardens: - I think the issue here is 'time to implement' and ease of coordination. Here are my suggestions - (i) For short-time frame for implementation - best to go with a structured approach where there is already community-buy in, and you can get a quick win (ii) For medium-time frame for implementation - how about using community assets like schools, as a place to cultivate a garden, and a place for a community to come together (much like the Green Bronx Machine) (iii) For long-time frame for implementation - how about using 'shared' assets like the roofs of buildings. Here the bigger issue is municipal zoning, and regulations on leasing a roof!
Creating opportunities for work: Thank you for introducing me to the Doe Fund. This is really cool! Re: Teens at-risk - I have no knowledge about working with at-risk youth. I threw in this idea, mostly because of your work experience with adolescents in the juvenile justice system. However, I just came across Pathways to Education for at-risk youth completing their education (https://www.pathwaystoeducation.ca/). The idea about incarcerated came from the work of Drive Change (http://drivechangenyc.org/).