Stanford Service Corps - Community Gardens
Faced with a wide range of compliance to Community Garden practices and a long waiting list of students, faculty, and staff hoping to join and earn the title of "gardener," Stanford Residential and Dining Services staff asked my team to propose a way to make the Community Gardens program more sustainable longterm. Through stakeholder interviews, observations, and research, we uncovered insights around the disconnects and varying expectations between the key players in this ecosystem. After developing an understanding of how other independent community gardens run successfully, we made recommendations to the staff that would both relieve the burden they currently hold and also empower the gardeners themselves to keep their community running.
Our recommendations to Residential & Dining Services focused on fostering independence, accountability, and support for the Community Gardeners!
Inspired by the online IDEO.org + Acumen Fund class "Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design" I set out with a small team to design a solution to empower young people with innovative ideas to develop solutions for social impact in their communities. We brainstormed ideas, hypothesized on reasons for disempowerment, observed hackathon participants, and surveyed high school students before outlining our customer segmentation and beginning to prototype a mobile knowledge-sharing platform. The discovery platform "Libreta" would connect social innovators to local problems, providing a space for ideas to grow into creative solutions.
Libreta Discovery Platform