What originally started out as a small, simple idea became a big reality, where it was much more than just spurring innovation into the minds of teenagers. It was about putting ourselves out there in world, changing the world, and creating the deeper bond between one another. To do this, we decided to use food as our method. So why did we choose food for our small-scale project while others are doing much bigger things, like volunteering and fundraising? Well, we believe that food is a common language that we all share and love to embrace.
So when you’re going out and you’re suddenly in the mood for food, where do you go to eat? Right off the top of your head, a fast food restaurant is the best idea. It’s cheap, quick, quite filling, and there’s always a fast food place nearby. This is a huge problem, as there are much better places to eat out besides fast food, where the food is healthy (to some extent) and actually tastes like real food without the added preservatives and flavorings. However, many people these days are just too lazy to look for a good place to eat, as a fast food restaurant like McDonald’s could be found within a mile radius anywhere, or they just don’t know any good food places because they eat fast food so often. We felt that this was a popular need as a lot of people, including us, are related to this struggle. So we decided. We had 30 days. 43,200 minutes. 720 hours. 30 days to change the concept of eating out. That was how was how much time we put into our innovation project. We may only have less than a month to do this project, but hopefully our results will far exceed the time frame.
At first, we had no idea what our end product of this project would be. We only knew that our ultimate goal was to reach out to the community. Directly. We decided to create a working list of best restaurants in the OC area. In order to confirm our picks and expand our food IQ, we set out as a group to try some of these places for ourselves.
That was how we were able to give food recommendations for some of the restaurants we had listed. We had our restaurants, but we still had to find a way for attention to be shed on it. We set about making a food pamphlet with our settled 37 favorite restaurants with their individual food picks each. On each food pamphlet, added a QR code to the back where when scanned, it would open a link to our blog. The QR code connected viewers with our interactive Google map that had brief information on the chosen restaurants. In total, we printed 350+ copies, which was about $35 total at Office Depot, and passed them out in our neighborhoods.
The process of printing proved to be difficult in our group. We each could not print ourselves 125 copies because it just wasn’t the most economical strategy. Just negotiating the prices for printing was quite the struggle. When we came to the printing stores, the prices were just never what they appeared to be online. How surprising. Despite the printing headache, we were miraculously able to get them printed for a decent price. We just had to fold 350 copies on our own.
To further expand our project into the global conversation, we made our own blog titled “fvhsmoodforfood” and a twitter account called the same thing. On this blog, we blogged about our favorite places to eat out, along with food recommendations.
Also on our blog, we have an interactive google map of all 37 of our favorite places to eat out, from restaurants, to bakeries, and to ice cream parlors.
On our twitter account, we took pictures showing our progress for the past 30 days.
Overall, we had a great time with this project. It may not have a huge impact on the world, but it’s meaningful and we’re satisfied with it. By just placing one pamphlet at each house, we are reaching out to possibly four people at one stop. When we multiply the amount that we handed out, we had the opportunity to reach out to about 1000 people. For that, we are forever satisfied.
Michelle & Joanna