Sustainable Development Goals
I have come up with cool toys, décor, trinkets and things that doesn’t matter a great deal, but nothing that changed the world for the better. Even before I started making, I wanted to make a product that contributes to the betterment of everyone. All the things I have created has been great practice on how to make things better and using all types of technology together.
One of my latest projects included how to make a PCB from start to manufacturing and I am ready to tackle my greatest challenge. Make something that helps the world a better place. I do not think this will be an easy task, but that is the point. JFK said it best in his speech, when he said:
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard” - JFK
This is one of my favorite quotes that embodies why I desire to make, not because it is easy, but because it is hard. Challenges give us the opportunity to rise to the occasion and make us better people, and makers, all the while providing something that helps people.
Helping the hungry has been something I have contributed to since I was little and have a couple ideas that I have been mulling over. Homeless hunger specifically is one that our family has tried to help with, including helping in the kitchen at Billings Mission, handing out bagged lunches downtown to the homeless, and handing out food baskets to charity and food banks. My initial idea was a solar powered soup/oatmeal dispenser or solar powered bread maker that supplies are sourced locally. Meaning someone hungry could get a bite to eat anytime. Personally, have been without something solid to eat for a weeks’ time and it is a horrible feeling. Everyone makes better decisions in life and realizing a purpose with something in their stomach.
After speaking with some of the people at the Mission, they brought to light that homeless needs more nutritional foods than ones filled with fiber like oatmeal; oatmeal has excess fiber (not the best when a bathroom is not readily available). So, my next idea is focusing on making a veggie soup from dehydrated supplies since they keep for a long time while providing key nutrients. I wanted something quick and easy but have run into a couple issues because it takes a while to re-hydrate and cook everything. Not knowing when someone would want a bowl of soup, makes it hard to provide something quickly using re-hydration because it takes hours to do. So, I’m still pondering the solution.
It's a work in progress, but I am determined to find something that I can make that will help with the 2nd goal of Zero Hunger. Which goal would you choose? Do you have an idea that would fit under one of 17 goals?