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Building Sustainable Cities

I am back…

Artful Thinking: Maryland Middle School Proves Arts Ed Improves Grades and Behavior


Wouldn’t you rather learn fractions by examining composition in Warhol’s Campbell’s soup paintings?

Can Schools Teach Entrepreneurship?


17-year-old author and innovator Nikhil Goyal says it’s possible if schools change their ‘do as you’re told’ mentality.

In Distressed Economy, Spaniards Are Trading Traditional Commerce for Bartering


When you don’t have any cash, swapping an hour of moving boxes for a lift to your relatives’ place is pretty attractive.

Yelp Better: Local Search App To Find Retail Social Enterprises


The new “Social Impact” app ups your game as ethical consumer, helping find local businesses that fit your values.

Local Banking Beyond the Bottom Line: Three Awesome Models


These socially-motivated local banks are profit making, but not profit maximizing. They’ve been at it for decades and it’s beginning to catch on.

This Affecting 45-Second Video Explains the Uphill Battle Young Female Athletes Face


It’s hard to concentrate on that penalty kick with advertisers shouting that your shoes aren’t cute enough.

People Are Awesome: Nine-Year-Old's Lemonade Stand Raises Thousands for Detroit


He thought his city would “cease to exist, like, Pluto” so he set up a fundraiser on his stoop.

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MA Design Management Final Project [Savannah College of Art & Design]

Value Proposition

We propose the development of a Small Urban/Suburban Farm Plan for the island of Puerto Rico. This plan will benefit non-profit and profit organizations in Puerto Rico whose intent is to switch towards a sustainable economy and society. The Small Urban/Suburban Farm Plan will enable subjects with low income to be independent from government economical benefits, be self sufficient and build self-esteem. Additionally, the plan will enable interested parties to better understand socio-cultural perceptions, expose local barriers to projects, assess benefits, uncover local solutions, build connections, and open networks to propose new ones.

The Small Urban/Suburban Farm plan will be accomplished through the creation of a cross-disciplinary group composed of existing organizations that have developed research and plans to switch toward sustainable practices. However, the proposed plan will focus on a human-centered approach through the identification, connection, and extension of existing positive deviances that help develop local economies based on agriculture.

Unlike social engineering projects which try to imitate other cultural contexts, and big campaigns, which are not meaningful to the users, our Small Urban Agriculture plan will offer solutions that are relevant to the unique socio-cultural context of Puerto Rico and establish a platform for successful sustainable agricultural practices in the island.

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