I don't want to change the world

heyamberrae:

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"I want to change the world."

Everywhere I turn these days, I hear that phrase.

There are over 2.9 billion google search results for “How to Change the World.”

Startups dedicated to conscious living and meaningful work are popping up left and right.

The ambition around this…

"In this I’ve realized that “changing the world” was never the right aim. My innate desire has always been to embody my message."

Over the past year, this has been one of my realizations, too. As I look towards 2014 and ponder what it means to embody my message and my truth, here are three thoughts that quickly popped into my head:

  • I want to learn how to cultivate deeper connections between people.
  • I want to lessen a sense of loneliness in a world filled with superficial promises of belonging (e.g. technology).
  • Build a better food system and redefine our relationship with food.

I’m not sure what to do with these things yet, but they have occupied my mind for quite some time now, surfacing to the forefront of my consciousness from time to time.

But do read Michael’s post at Get Storied. It’s great.

This is totally awesome. The Kitchain is created by MOOV.
What’s interesting about this on a larger scale is how design can bring elements from different places together. The same goes for food. Both integrates and elevates ideas, people, and place to produce a beautiful blend of…togetherness. It’s not necessarily a community; It’s more like a harmony. People come from all walks of life but they eventually sync together over great food and wine, enjoying a cacophony of conversations.  High-res

This is totally awesome. The Kitchain is created by MOOV.

What’s interesting about this on a larger scale is how design can bring elements from different places together. The same goes for food. Both integrates and elevates ideas, people, and place to produce a beautiful blend of…togetherness. It’s not necessarily a community; It’s more like a harmony. People come from all walks of life but they eventually sync together over great food and wine, enjoying a cacophony of conversations. 


What Are French Schoolkids Having for Lunch?
Imagine yourself back in grade/high school. Did you ever felt disgusted by the choices for lunch? The greasy pizza, potato smilies (ironic), cardboard-tasting burgers - all suspiciously originated from a cheaper cousin of Mc Donald’s. I did. And I regret not doing anything about it. 
Food is supposed to make you feel healthier and happier (aside from eating to raise self-esteem) and more energized. The stark reality is, that’s not happening at most schools. That’s not news to most of you, but why is it so hard to change what we offer in schools?

What Are French Schoolkids Having for Lunch?

Imagine yourself back in grade/high school. Did you ever felt disgusted by the choices for lunch? The greasy pizza, potato smilies (ironic), cardboard-tasting burgers - all suspiciously originated from a cheaper cousin of Mc Donald’s. I did. And I regret not doing anything about it. 

Food is supposed to make you feel healthier and happier (aside from eating to raise self-esteem) and more energized. The stark reality is, that’s not happening at most schools. That’s not news to most of you, but why is it so hard to change what we offer in schools?

World wastes 1 billion tons of food a year -- CNNMoney

unconsumption:

The United Nations said Wednesday that about 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year, which amounts to roughly one third of all the food produced for human consumption.

According to the [United Nations] report, food losses occur as a result of inefficiencies in food production and processing operations that diminish supplies. Food waste, by contrast, is when retailers and consumers throw edible food in the trash.

Consumers in rich nations waste a combined 222 million tons a year, according to the report. That’s almost as much as all the food produced in sub-Saharan Africa.

The report puts much of the blame on retailers in rich nations that throw out food simply because it looks unappealing, and the food industry’s ‘all-you-can-eat’ marketing tactics, which encourage consumers to buy more than they need.

Full story here.

This is totally unacceptable. It’s disgusting how much food we waste.

Urban + Relations: The Rush to Build Walkable Urban Grocery Stores

eastlakeview:

NewbergGrocery_4_351Downtowns and urban neighborhoods are seeing new grocery store development, with a revolution in store design, location in mixed-use projects, parking solutions, and role within neighborhoods. In addition, in 2011 there will be tremendous churn in the grocery market, with much of it…

(via urbanplannerholic)