2016 GRANT APPLICATION

PROJECT

CIRCUITION: a podcast on the food cycle

DESIGNER(S): Jordan West Monez

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PROJECT SPECS

ESTIMATED COST: This project, the CIRCUITION podcast, is scaleable and numbers of episodes would depend on funding and other factors. It is estimated that each episode would cost between $200-300 including purchase/rental of equipment, support staff, guest honorariums, and web/graphic design.

TIMELINE: Six months to one year.

DREAM MENTOR: Gabriel Stromberg, Creative Director of Civilization

CIRCUITION proposes a podcast dedicated to local perspectives on the food and waste cycle, land use, society and culture. The podcast will ask designers and activists how we might create new tools, systems, spaces and products that will engender a more holistic farm-to-table-to-cradle system.

Podcasts are able to reach people where they are, in a format that is free and accessible to anyone with an internet connection. The intent of the CIRCUITION podcast is to give a new voice to the people in our community who are leading the vanguard in creating a more sustainable world through their work in the realms of farming, food, and waste. 

We live in a city that has recently created a municipal composting system, has a successful recycling program, and even designed its transfer station to include a garbage gallery. Seattle is at the forefront of change regarding how we deal with waste, especially food waste. Working to enact change in the food cycle, designers are activists – creating better products and systems that become integrated into daily life. A podcast discussing and celebrating the work of design activists in our community working to enact change in our food system could help to inspire a more sustainable future through dialog.

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The CIRCUITION podcast could give designers a forum to share ideas and learn from others who are changing the momentum and direction of the food cycle. The format for the CIRCUITION podcast will be one 30-60 minute episode per month, each with a set topic and a few projects highlighted that exemplify the topic or bring a new element into the conversation. 

The topics of inquiry for the proposed podcast will include: composting, community supported agriculture, recipe delivery services, municipal compost, farmers markets, collective community gardens, innovative uses for fungi, garden designers, body composting, foragers, community gathering spaces, no-waste music festivals, shellfish farming, tsunami debris, mapping urban fruit trees, transfer station design, menu planning, and more. 

The opening of the discussion of these topics to a bigger audience via the world wide web and audio format will allow design thinkers focused on the food cycle to reach a wide audience. Creating opportunities for dialog and discussion about the waste cycle has the potential to inspire change within our Seattle design community; and keep us moving forward as our food moves from farm to table to cradle.