By Carol Dreibelbis
The Feast, an organization that fosters social innovation for a better future, will be holding a Worldwide Dinner Party for Good as part of its first-ever Social Innovation Week in October. The Feast aims to engage the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers in solving some of the world’s most pressing problems through the Worldwide Dinner Party and other events.
The Worldwide Dinner Party for Good will take place on October 5, 2012 at 7 p.m. local time. According to The Feast, each dinner party will center on a challenge: “Pick a challenge and by the end of your meal, commit to a project to make the world work better. On the big day, all diners will post their commitments online to create a giant feast on good.” The Feast both provides a number of challenges to choose from and allows diners to define their own.
The Data Challenge—presented by John Sherry, Director of Business Innovation Research at Intel—asks diners to, “design a tool that utilizes the data that is being or could be created in the public and private realms,” to improve people’s lives. Cell phone data, for example, has already been used to help farmers manage their land and animals.
The Open Design Challenge—presented by Beth Comstock, Chief Marketing Officer at GE—asks diners to “use the open tools available today…to empower a new group of people to make something that improves their physical environment.” This challenge comes at a critical time, as climate change continues to alter the global environment, requiring farmers to adapt through innovation.
The Health Challenge—presented by Arcade Fire on behalf of Partners in Health—asks diners to help others see healthcare as a basic human right. Partners in Health sees potential to increase their effectiveness at providing high quality care to the world’s poor if supporters feel connected to the communities they help, such as Haiti.
The Poverty Challenge—presented by Mark Bezos, Senior Vice President at Robin Hood—asks diners to “rebrand” poverty, “shifting perspectives on poverty from an overwhelming problem to one that’s full of opportunities—from something that someone else will solve, to something that will empower all to take action.” This challenge fits nicely with the Millennium Development Goals’ target of halving poverty by 2015.
The Eco Challenge—presented by Graham Hill, Founder of TreeHugger—asks how to reduce the energy needs of cities while also increasing quality of life. Given that more than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas for the first time in history, this challenge focuses on making cities more sustainable.
Hundreds of people on six continents have already signed up to host a Worldwide Dinner Party. View the map of dinner parties to find out where dinners are taking place. To host a dinner party, click here.
If you were to create your own challenge to be solved at a Worldwide Dinner Party, what would it be? Please let us know in the comments section.
Carol Dreibelbis is a research intern with the Nourishing the Planet project.
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