The woman from the TED Talk is officially my hero. The revolution in community agriculture started at a kitchen table, not on the floor of a legislative body. It was carried out without grants, permits, or even permission in some cases, and yet it captivated the people of a town, becoming a model worldwide.
There are many lessons to be learned from this video, with the weight of this magnificently successful program as proof:
- The Power of Small Actions
- Community Empowerment can inspire government to help solve problems, not the other way around
- New resources are not necessary for great change, only a fundamental change in thinking
These ideas resemble the basis for my own charity model program, Earth 2 Mouth, and reflect my views of the rightful (and minimally participatory) role of government.