Novo 8 – Day 1
- Novo Legion 8
- September 22, 2018
One of the neighborhoods within the given zip codes, Kensington, is suffering from severe, deep poverty which has led to its extremely high rate of crime, homelessness, drug use, and food insecurity. Amongst the numerous problems the residents of Kensington are facing, food insecurity was defined as the biggest issue since being fed is the most basic survival needs of all, as stated in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
How do we improve food insecurity? We need to get the food supply up and running, in a sustainable circulation cycle. Who are in the most dire need of food security, and who are the most accessible in a direct way? The homeless.
A local interviewee working for a homeless shelter in Kensington confirmed of this, and also pointed out that the solution to improve the status quo should be instantly beneficial. The extremely poor and unstable homeless individuals of the area are not capable of sparing much time on a long-term benefit that needs extra effort. They need to be fed, NOW.
So, once our problem and target traits were defined, we decided that we would ultimately need to come up with an explicitly feasible solution. Some solutions have been suggested and executed related to food insecurity across the world but those do not adequate to our targets. For example, as people need resources instantly, not being able to waiting to harvest, urban or community garden cannot be fittest idea.
We will keep working on building a more concrete logic for our problem space definition through further research, then elaborate our possible solutions(donations? redistribution of surplus food resources? what else?) by tomorrow.