March 31, 2011, 07:32AM
The Challenge1087 followers
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Is there a difference between urban and rural food production and consumption? Find out more...
Growing your own
More and more people are taking up the challenge of growing their own food but what inspires them to do this? Find out more...
Innovations in food
To kick off the challenge you might start by exploring what is already going on to innovate in food retailing and production. Find out more...
What does food mean to you where you live? Find out more...
Mission #1 Connecting communities Find out more...
UshahidiAn 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.
First deployed in Kenya as a response to post-election violence in 2008, it allows for anyone to contribute and to access timely and critical information. Since it is customizable, it can be used to implement the many mapping strategies discussed so far. As it states on its Vimeo page:
"Anybody can contribute information. Whether itʼs a simple text message from a SMS-capable phone, a photo or video from a smartphone, or a report submitted online, Ushahidi can gather information from any device with a digital data connection. After a report is submitted itʼs posted in near real-time to an interactive map that can be viewed on a computer or smartphone."
I imagine mapping not only farmers markets, CSAs and community gardens, but also those who raise their own chickens, make their own kombucha, brew their own beer, make their own cheese, etc., etc. It could a homesteading, DIY network that connects the novice urban farmer to the hardcore foraging, dumpster diver living off the grid. Rather than using a monetary system, it could be based on a bartering system or an exchange of goods and services: a dozen eggs in exchange for two pints of beer. If someone has a booch baby, they can send a text letting others in the network a booch baby is up for grabs. It would take someone or some group to monitor the back end, but the enduser side seems fairly simple and intuitive.