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  • Every Last Morsel

    We love the small, visible wins. Best advice we can give other startups? Celebrate the daily wins! They matter.

  • Rita Bouchard

    Last summer, I noticed how many snack "wrappers" were going into the trash (along with other plastic trash) and decided to start collecting it. By the beginning of the school year, I had several transparent collection bags in my class room. The kids asked about the waste and where it came from. I said it was summer school snack trash. We ended up sorting it and reading the nutrition labels. Students started asking about carbs, proteins, and fats which led to the different types and purpose in the body. This lead to them analyzing what they were bringing to school, which built awareness about what they are eating, which lead to projects about different types of diseases caused by a poor diet, which led to an exhibition where they shared their findings with the public. Noting how much trash we were collecting we started thinking about where it ends up which led to us finding out our plastic is shipped to other countries and that there are 5 gyres in the world oceans where plastic concentrates and is ingested by marine organisms -often leading to disease or death (polymers and BPA). This caused us to want to build awareness about reducing our impact at school, the watersheds, and ultimately the ocean. We invited Algalita Foundation and Heal the Bay to speak at our school and adopted a beach 3 times this past year.............which lead to........

  • Maria Redin

    Somewhere between 2 and 3 I would add that you want to share how the small steps or future plans add up to the larger picture so people not only get excited about what is coming but also begin to shift their thinking accordingly.

    BTW, love your work with HopeLab!

    • Sven Newman

      Well said Maria! Thanks.

      Two other things we've experimented with that touch on that topic a little:

      Keep the beat - Staying involved and continuing to provide a steady drum beat, even after a formal program finishes, to help fill the process void and give people a sense of the path forward.

      Cherish champions, nudge for positions - Empowering those who are most inspired to help shift communal thinking. And, just as important, gently nudging for formalized roles to give those people dedicated time to advance the change.