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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:

  1. The Power of Small Actions
  2. Community Empowerment can inspire government to help solve problems, not the other way around
  3. 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.