FLOW Reflection & Reponse


The importance of water is great among all areas of the world. From third world countries dealing with the issue of accessing clean water to California suffering from a severe drought, each nation has dealt or is dealing with the water crisis. 70% of the world is composed of water; 2.5% of the water is freshwater, but only 1% of the freshwater is easily accessible (National Geographic). Many people are aware of the lack of accessible freshwater, but many do not know of the severity of the water crisis. I may not speak for everyone, but I know that I did not take to heart the issues of the water crisis, until watching the documentary FLOW: For the Love of Water.

The documentary discusses the world water crisis, focussing on the issues of water-borne diseases, the lasting effects on ecosystems from contaminated water, and the privatization of water infrastructure. Before watching the movie, I was aware of the fact that not all of the world had access to clean water, but I was unaware of how people are withholding clean water from third world countries because they cannot afford it. I understand that clean water is a business where people must make a living, but I think water companies should be concerned and sympathetic to those who are suffering from disease due to having no choice but to drink unsanitized water.

The film opened my eyes to the negative facts that large companies tried to hide. Nestle and Coca Cola are both large companies that I have indeed, spent my money on. Watching the film made me feel very guilty, because I felt like I indirectly, contributed to the water crisis. Many people argue that they are taking what belongs to the people and reselling it to the citizens. Although I do believe that water is a right, I think that having water sanitized is a privilege that must be payed for, but everyone should have the privilege to access it. Water companies should come together to help third world countries obtain clean water without the expense.

I think that the film is trying to send a message to its audience about how we must take a stand to help the water crisis and educate people about real world problems. Although the documentary did target major water companies, I feel like the major goal was to inform the public and urge the companies to improve their habits (which they did.) I think that the documentary left viewers with an overall different view of the water crisis, and truly does bring light to the importance of water shortage, environmental impacts, and places that cannot afford sanitized water.


FLOW Take Action!

Society, National Geographic. “Clean Water Crisis, Water Crisis Facts, Water Crisis Resources – National Geographic.” National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2016.


Good Taste, No Waste: A Farm

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My idea to prevent food waste is a community farm where people donate plant and food scraps to feed pigs and chickens in exchange for fresh fruits, vegetables, and/or eggs. People could also rent out the goats to eat their weeds and buy goats milk. The farm is a place to bring in old food and leave with something fresh and new!The plant and food scraps are first used to feed the chickens and goats, then excess scraps are put to use in creating compost. The compost is used to fertilize the fruits and vegetables in the garden, which are all accessible to the community. Ideally, people living within 3 miles from the farm could participate, ensuring that less food is wasted among the community.

To start off, the farm could have 25 chickens (per .5 acre) and 3 goats (per .3 acre), a fruit and vegetable garden with the remaining available space, and a trading area where people drop off their plant and food scraps for something in exchange.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

I could visit a community garden and would collect data about how many people invest time and efforts into the gardens and take note of the amount of people who do not participate in the garden, but would be interested in swapping in food scraps for something new. We could start small, by adding chicken coops to community gardens, and collecting data about how many people bring plant scraps in exchange of eggs per week.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Some guidance from the OpenIDEO community that would help me in fulfilling the plan is advice on how to share a survey about interest in the farm to an entire community and finding a place to start the farm and getting the idea approved by the city. The OpenIDEO community could also help me find what cities would want a community farm and an idea to to find out the number people who would contribute. I also need an idea on how the person managing the farm could make a sustainable living.

Tell us about your work experience:

I am a senior in high school student in AP biology. I have taken conceptual physics, biology, and chemistry throughout my high school career. IDEO was introduced to us during our AP Biology ecology unit; we are currently focussing on the issue of food waste.

This idea emerged from

  • An Individual

How far along is your idea?

  • It’s just been created! It’s existed for 1 day – 1 month