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Eating for charity
The Project “Cozinha com Alma” (Cook/Kitchen with Soul) is a solidarity take-away initiative where all the profits go to provide a social grant to support middle and lower-middle class families in deep financial difficulties. The families have been selected by the local authority social commission.
Why it matters
In the current financial and social crisis where people are carefully selecting how they spend their money, this can be a way of starting or expanding a business. By sponsoring these type of solidarity businesses, big brands can effectively contribute to social causes not with money but with their own products as well. How can businesses contribute in a more direct way - and on a local level - during hard economic times?
The Extraordinaries iPhone app is the latest example of crowd-sourcing for the common good. Using this app, folks with five minutes or less to spare, can log in and help out at the click of a button. Whether it’s tagging images for a local museum or taking photos of the street you’re on for the city planner, it’s all about giving what you can, when you can.
Neighbourhood swapping pop-up ‘shops’ have made a recent appearance in Germany. Anybody can leave or take objects in good condition left by the previous owners in these spaces called ‘give boxes’. Users can also leave their acknowledgements in a diary that tracks the transactions.