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Bettina Fliegel - I agree with Lee-Jung Kim 's comments. I really love the insights you were able to gather from many perspectives, and look forward to hearing more about pilot(s) you can test! 

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.
- 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 ( or 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: 
Finally, the idea about urban gardens in at-risk neighbourhoods, came from a couple of  sources:
-  article I read in the National Geographic Magazine (, and
-  Hult Prize finalist - Reel Gardening that tackles nutrition and gardening in urban slums, particular in South Africa (;  
- Ron Finley's TED talk on urban gardening in South Central LA ( 

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 ( The idea about incarcerated came from the work of Drive Change (