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Compost + Company

###inedible food scrap curation in a very big city map

Curate and map neighborhood food waste diversion data soliciting crowd-sourced metadata

Look at the center of any strange idea, you'll always find someone with a great question.

Comment on Kickstarter =>

Question, questions

  • Can we visualize food waste to compost participation over time? Is there even data to measure this? If not, can it be inferred by other means?

  • How does metadata inform participation?

Inputs

  • Metadata
  • Data
  • Tests
  • Surveys and polls

Rules of CompostandCompany

  • Rule 1 keep it close to home
  • Rule 2 keep it close to home
  • Rule 3 relationships = trust
  • Rule 4 {measure ~ data ~ truth}
  • Rule 5 No truth? then Rule 4

Some Assumptions

  • My planet will have soil, air and water free of man-made chemical pollutants.
  • Reduce ~ Reuse ~ Recycle loop bad. Waste ~ Decay loop good.
  • Planned obsolescence must die!
  • Global climate changes profound impact on water resources is the visible threat that crosses all geographic zones.
  • Cities are food scrap machines. Doh.
  • Using economies of scale can facilitate a consistent & reliable product.
  • Adding composted organic matter innoculates, improves water retention and provides plant nutrients.
  • Soils rich in beneficial organisms become carbon sponges.
  • Compost is a natural "nearly free" resource unlike water.

Possible Outcomes

  • Creative ideation
  • Field data collection
  • Event / Media campaigns
  • Metadata, datasets & APIs
  • Explore sensors
  • GCFS (General Compost Standard)
  • Maps, maps, maps
  • Viz, viz, visu-a-li-zation
  • Discourse/Slack chat
  • Fun

Rewards

  • Fun
  • Stickers
  • Hemp bags4Bikes
  • Some really special secret stuff

Resources

Books

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the way we make things, 2002. Michael Braungart and William McDonough.

"WITH AND OF AND BY AND FOR" by Greg Bloom https://civicquarterly.com/article/with-and-of-and-by-and-for/

Opendata

Web Scraping & Mapping tools

csv2geojson urban_ag_sites_geocoded.csv > urban_ag_sites_geocoded.geojson csv2geojson urban_ag_sites_geoclient.csv > urban_ag_sites_geoclient.geojson

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