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The abundance challenge1306701 draft

  1. 1. This  Draft  document  is  to  solicit  input  for  defining  the  SFP  youth  competition  and  solicit  support  of  all  types.     The  organizing  committee  has  selected  ”The  Abundance  Challenge”  as  a  working  title.    SFP  seeks  naming   suggestions  as  well  as  ideas,  general  discussion  and  specific  improvements  on  the  wording  and  proposed   structure  and  scope  of  the  challenge.    All  constructive  comments  will  be  appreciated.       *  DRAFT  Version  1.0  *   July  1,  2013   SFP  Youth  Initiative:  The  Abundance  Challenge     It   begins   with   a   challenge.     The  SFP  Youth  Challenge  invites  teams  of  high  school  and   college   students   to   address   the   global   challenge   of   food   sustainability,   exploring   and   presenting   workable   solutions   for   creating   abundance   in   the   food   sector   using   one   of   three   approaches:   Technology,   Behavior   or   Design.     The   program   is   versatile,   innovative   and  inclusive.     Teams  of  students  in  all  states  and  provinces  worldwide,  explore  their  best  ideas  of  how   to   nutritiously   and   sustainably   feed   everyone   every   day.   It   is   an   immersive   challenge;   student  teams  collaborate  with  educators,  scholars  and  industry  leaders,  each  inspiring   the  other,  seeking  and  finding  solutions.       The  SFP  Youth  Challenge  –  Help  Solve  the  Global  Food  Crisis!   Supports  educators.    Teachers  inspire  students  to  think  more  expansively.  Work-­‐ ing  with  a  strong  sense  of  purpose,  students  gather  information  from  diverse  resources   and  jointly  develop  new  ideas.     Fosters  collaboration.    Working  in  teams,  students  experience  collaborative  ac-­‐ tions  making  a  difference  in  meeting  the  challenge  of  feeding  our  world’s  growing  popu-­‐ lation  well  beyond  the  21st  Century.     Brings   great   minds   together.   Participating   teams   (“Challengers”)   present   their   well-­‐researched   ideas   to   experts   and   top   executives,   including   farmers   and   industry-­‐ leading  companies,  as  well  as  distinguished  University  scholars.     Results   in   new   hope.   SFP   Youth   Challenge   shows   students   how   much   they   can   achieve.   Students   find   ways   to   shift   the   public   mindset,   reshape   governance   and   policy,   reengineer  technologies  and  redesign  communities  and  ways  of  life.       Exposes  careers.  Students  discover  the  relevance  of  classrooms  to  future  careers.    
  2. 2. The   SFP  Abundance  Challenge   stimulates   innovation,   promotes   thought   leadership   and   encourages  teamwork.     ▪ STEM  disciplines:  Embark  students  on  promising  careers  in  science,  technology,   engineering  and  math  (STEM).   ▪ Awareness  of  key  issues:  building  awareness  of  important  food  sustainability  is-­‐ sues  among  students,  educators  and  the  people  of  the  world.   ▪ Community   building:   creating   connections   among   students,   research   faculties   and  industry  leaders.    Students  build  confidence  in  their  ability  to  make  a  posi-­‐ tive  difference  in  their  communities.   ▪ Problem  solving:  Teams  recognize  their  ability  to  use  their  individual  and  collabo-­‐ rative  skills  to  provide  solutions  and  make  a  difference  in  our  world.     Incentives  to  participate  and  bigger  incentives  to  win!     Prizes  and  Recognition.    All  participants  receive  a  Certificate  of  Collaboration  and  an  SFP   Youth  Challenge  Badge.    Finalists  receive  a  limited  edition,  Winning  Participants  T-­‐shirt   made   of   sustainable   hemp   with   imprinted   SFP   Youth   Challenge   logo   and   embroidered   “Finalist”   badge.     State   champions   also   receive   new   technology   and   State   Champion   badge.     National  champions  and  their  mentor  teachers  receive  cash  awards  and  are  in-­‐ vited  to  attend  Expo  Milano  2015,  whose  theme  is  “Feeding  the  Planet,  Energy  for  Life,”   to  present  their  solutions  at  the  SFP  Worldwide  Symposia.  Cash  awards  and  scholarships   are  also  anticipated.     Topic   Although  our  global  economy  produces  enough  food  each  year  to  feed  everyone,  more   than  one-­‐third  of  the  food  generated  for  human  consumption  is  lost  or  wasted.  Nearly   one  billion  people  in  the  world  are  hungry,  more  than  one  out  of  every  four  children.       Our  challenge  is  to  identify  ways  to  sustainably  ensure  abundant,  nutritious,  culturally   appropriate   and   affordable   food   for   coming   generations.     As   the   world   population   grows,   people   must   make   fundamental   changes   in   their   daily   food   choices.   Outcomes   from  this  challenge  will  generate  new,  more  equitable  opportunities  in  the  areas  of  food   production,  processing  and  distribution.  These  new  opportunities,  widely  disseminated,   will  stimulate  new  choices.       In   addition   to   stimulating   the   minds   of   all   who   participate,   the   SFP   Abundance   Chal-­‐ lenge  will  generate  hundreds  of  new  ideas  and  ways  of  improving  global  food  security   for  a  growing  human  population.  In  this  global  competition,  carried  out  on  local,  region-­‐ al   and   national   levels,   each   team   explores   ways   to   achieve   food   sustainability   in   their   communities.     What  types  of  inventions,  policies  or  redesigns  will  be  needed  to  take  full  advantage  of   advances  in  biotechnology  and  limit  potential  dangers?    How  can  the  infrastructure  of   suburbs,   towns   and   cities   be   redesigned   to   reduce   spoilage   and   convert   waste?   What  types  of  behavioral  changes  will  be  required  of  each  of  us,  and  how  do  we  bring   those  about?     Objective:  Show  the  fundamental  change  your  proposal  will  cause.  
  3. 3. Areas  of  Study  –     2014  SFP  Abundance  Challenge     1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Energy  Conservation  and  Innovation   Water  Purity  and  Access     Soil  Conservation  and  Restoration   Infrastructure  -­‐  Farm  to  Market   Economics/Policy     Social  and  Civic  issues   Climate  Change   Animal  Agriculture     Plant  Science       Challenges   The   SFP   Abundance   Challenge   lets   your   team   choose   among   three   methods     (approaches)   and   address   study   area(s)   by   developing   your   own   creative,   well-­‐ researched  solutions.     Challenge  1:  Technology   Invent   or   redesign   a   machine   or   process   using   sustainable   technologies   for   creating   abundance   through   improved   food   production,   distribution   and/or   resource   conserva-­‐ tion.     Challenge  2:  Design   Design   a   living/working   space   (a   building,   suburb,   town,   or   city)   that   incorporates   low   energy   and   water   consumption   with   sustainable   agriculture,   water   conservancy   and   waste  conversion  to  energy.  Design  a  living  system  that  produces,  preserves  or  distrib-­‐ utes  food  equitably  and  more  sustainably.     Challenge  3:  Behavior   Consider  the  question  of  why  people  are  resistant  to  adopting  and  implementing  alter-­‐ nate   sources   of   food   when   these   can   be   plentiful   in   nature.    Document   a   personal   or     social   quality   that   contributes   to   this   resistance,   or   demonstrate   an   intervention   that   can   be   applied   at   the   personal,   local   or   societal   level   to   encourage   people   to   reconsider   their   eating   behaviors.     Design   a   way   to   study   behavior   in   setting   food   and   taste   prefer-­‐ ences.    Propose  a  behavioral  solution  to  the  challenge.      
  4. 4. Participation  Guidelines   “We  are  developing  a  program  anyone  can  be  a  part  of.”   –  Shane  Stevenson,  Chair,  SFP  Youth  Initiative.     Your  Project  Team   Teams will come from classes, clubs, and student organizations with an interest to apply their area of expertise to the challenge. Each team will have a faculty advisor to help guide the challenge submission, from brainstorming through completion. Teams are encouraged to include every team member and employ their individual talents to the challenge. Food sustainability requires ‘all hands on deck’ – begin by motivating your classmates to get on board and sign up!   How  to  approach  your  project   While  we  expect  each  project  in  this  sustainability  competition  to  be  unique,  there  are  a   few   elements   that   all   should   have   in   common.   As   you   develop   your   project,   include   and   document  the  following  five  steps:     ▪ Background.   Summarize   the   problem   under   investigation   or   the   hypothesis   you   will   explore.     ▪ Methods.   Identify   the   methods   or   protocols   you   will   use   to   accomplish   your   research   or  design.   ▪ Results.   Provide   an   overview   of   the   key   points   of   your   study.   Your   presentation   should  have  enough  depth  to  allow  judges  to  evaluate  the  content.   ▪ Conclusions.  Describe  how  your  project  improves  sustainable  food  systems  to  achieve   global  nutritional  abundance.     Sum  it  up  in  your  project  description.  When  you  register  for  the  competition,  you  will   provide  a  written  statement—150  words  or  less—describing  your  project  in  terms  of  the   above  four  criteria.       Your  Project  Presentation   Your  team’s  presentation  must  be  concise:  a  video  of  up  to  four  minutes  with  a  support-­‐ ing   written   thesis   of   up   to   1000   words   and   any   supporting   graphics   or   illustrations.     Tell   us  the  big  picture,  how  does  your  idea  work,  what  do  you  see  as  its  benefits,  how  does  it   fit  within  current  or  planned  modalities  and  cite  your  findings.      
  5. 5. Competition  Reviewers  and  Jurists   The  SFP  Youth  Initiative  Steering  Committee  will  process  and  qualify  all  entries.  Selected   packages  will  be  rated  on  a  100-­‐point  system.     The   official   publisher   of   the   Sustainable   Food   Project   is   Diplomatic   Courier   magazine.   Their  annual  competition,  99  under  33  engages  young  leaders  to  share  their  visions  for  a   better   world.     Alumni   of   this   global   competition,   engaged   in   finding   solutions   to   the   global  food  crisis,  will  be  invited  to  review  and  evaluate  finalists  in  the  SFP  Abundance   Challenge.     Judges   may   look   for   opportunities   to   combine   entries,   helping   teams   build   on   like-­‐ minded  ideas,  further  accelerating  the  collaborative  exchange  and  moving  the  combined   ideas  forward.         Your  Comments   This   inclusive   completion   will   be   even   better   with   your   input.   Please   send   you   com-­‐ ments  to:  S.Stevenson@SFP2015.org       Thank  you  for  your  contribution!    

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