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Posted to: <Ned> Front Porch by Rory Turner (18), Sun, 02 Sep 2007 19:30:08 PDT
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Here is an idea that has been burbling along for a while with me. I wanted to share it with you all to see what you think, and to play with it a bit.
The crazy big idea is to begin a worldwide feast in celebration of motherhood.
The more modest form and the point of departure for this would be to organize a simultaneous group of community fundraisers that would bring people together in the developed world to enjoy each others company. These feasts (could be brunches or something like that) would be collectively produced and would be priced to raise roughly double the amount spent on food.
Whilst this was going on, or possibly at a later date in the year, community groups, churches, mosque auxilaries, women's groups, schools etc. in the developing world in areas that were beset by hunger and child mortality problems would be provided with cash raised in the developed world to buy healthy food from the local markets and come together to feast well.
OK. This in itself is a good thing. I as a folklorist believe that eating together has powerful and beneficial effects on the ability for communities to thrive.
But beyond this, important additional benefits could be nurtured. These feasts could become important tools for providing educational materials and activities.
Potentially, if this could scale, the web could be used to create a kind of real people grass rooots live aid style international event. Think webcams and message boards across the globe giving thanks and sharing! Over time, such a Day could become an international holiday of compassion and service in support of the most cherished relationship there is, that of a mother to her children. That would be cool, wouldn't it?
Also, this could be an example of the kind of end to end philanthropy that many of us are trying to foster. This is not about setting up programs or infrastructures, it is about directly connecting people and providing incentives through cash to local markets stimulating those markets with demand. The money provided by this form of aid will have a multiplier effect in the local economy rather than getting lost in the modern sector/foreign aid game.
Beyond this, the links made could become channels for further connnection and mutual support. Groups could visit each other, trade, work on projects, etc.
I'd love to hear your riffs, extensions, modifications, critiques, etc, of this idea. it definitely arises in me in response to your inspiration. Are there ways to extend and deepen this idea? Is it something NED? How might we start?
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