• seed till fork

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    by Kelly Vormelker

    Approximately one year ago, I competed my Masters in Design for Sustainability at SCAD. My final project focused on the relationships between small local farms and restaurants. Since graduating, I have continued to work within the local food scene of Savannah. I have continued my work at local 11ten, a restaurant that sources the majority of its product from local farms, I became a market manager at the Forsyth Farmer’s Market and I represent Savannah River Farms by selling their all natural beef, pork, poultry and lamb to local restaurants. I am excited to be a part of this changing scene and I continually look for ways to work within and improve it.

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  • A Saga for Savannah

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    By Nicole Andrews, Jerome Elder, Liz Lukken and Santiago Castillo

    When determining how to define SA/GA for the community of Savannah, we drew inspiration from the origin of the word saga. The term saga was used to refer to Scandinavian epics that depicted battles, victories, feats, and journeys. Having knowledge that the word refers to an epic tale of victories, we wanted to encapsulate the spirit of Savannah’s rich cultural history into what defines SA/GA.

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  • Modeling Opportunities for a Sustainable Economy

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    By Jorie Ballun, Caleb Sexton, and Hina Shahid

    During tour mid term presentation our team had outlined a process for Accelerate Savannah to develop sample ‘initiatives.’ The first step being selection of key partners, the second step was to identify the opportunity, model the opportunity, develop contracts and fifth step; recruitment of associates.

    The three identified sectors were food, energy, and craft. The three sectors were chosen based on the need and awareness in the community, and the energy already existing in the Savannah community in these sectors. These three sectors exhibited the most potential for green job development and placement. These sectors have the potential to grow and expand locally providing opportunities for green work force development and incubation of enterprise. Our team set out to map one initiative as an opportunity in each sector from a project depth perspective in terms of Savannah’s existing infrastructure, the businesses and entities.

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  • What’s YOUR SA/GA?

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    By Nicole Andrews, Jorie Ballun, Santiago Castillo, and Jerome Elder

    Pulling two ideas together and forming one team was a challenge yet we were able to form a consistent stream of ideas and plan to pioneer forward into uncharted waters. Merging the concept behind iDentify Savannah and the implementation of a local currency, we were able to form a basic plan for a new brand to emerge for Savannah.

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  • A 5 Tier Development Model for Community Innovation

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    By Jorie Ballun, Caleb Sexton, and Hina Shahid

    Building on our earlier concept, and further research into workforce development literature, our team added a fundamental base to our system: soft skills, which include life skills, resume development, basic literacy, and math skills, as well as writing, computer, oral presentation, and finance skills. With the inclusion of this foundational layer, the system is complete from basic development up to the entrepreneurship level. As developing these soft skills is outside of the project scope of Accelerate Savannah‘s sustainable hub realm, it will be essential to partner with Savannah’s existing resources.

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  • Accelerating in Savannah: Home for a Hub?

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    By Santiago Castillo, Caroline Ingalls and Arielle Vilardo

    Introduction

    The following is a conceptual design for a physical hub that would support Accelerate Savannah‘s vision of a vibrant and inclusive economy in Savannah: offices, maker space with a merchandise shop, display spaces, rental spaces for developing businesses, educational classrooms, and studio spaces. The Southern Pine Company of Georgia’s gorgeous industrial warehouse, situated at the cross of East 35th and Broad Street, perfectly fits the bill for Accelerate Savannah’s rapidly developing ‘Hub’ concept. This post is not intended to announce that the hub will reside on this site; only to provide a glimpse of what it might look like if it did. At approximately 18,000 square feet of building area, the space is bursting at the seams with opportunity to boost Accelerate’s vision of becoming a business incubator that promotes the collaboration of sustainable minds for the benefit of the community.

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  • Invent/Reinvent. Imagine/Reimagine. SCADpad.

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    By Scott Boylston

    Since 2011, the Design Ethos blog has been committed to sharing stories about reinventing the designer’s role in society around a suite of ideas focused on social innovation, sustainability, empowerment, facilitation, and co-design. As a proud DESIS Lab, the Design for Sustainability program at SCAD remains deeply embedded within the Savannah community, continually facilitating ways in which the power of design thinking can transform lives and livelihoods. The ongoing conversation about nurturing the growth of an equitable and sustainable economy in Savannah will continue. Today, we’re expanding that conversation to share another project that fits into the realm of social innovation, sustainability and reinvention, this one is beyond the borders of Savannah.

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  • Sacrificial Concept Four: Local Currency

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    This is the fourth of four sacrificial concepts that were developed through a rapid-response exercise by teams in a SCAD Sustainable Practices class in response to the challenge of furthering earlier work completed around the idea of developing a sustainable hub in Savannah. These were completed last week, and have been posted over the course of the past week. Stay tuned , and you’ll hear more about what they are onto now, and this time for real!

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    By Santiago Castillo and Caroline Ingalls

    For this Winter quarter’s Sustainable Practices in Design class at SCAD, we’ve been given the opportunity to propose and develop a project that would help move the city of Savannah towards a more sustainable economy, finding ways to improve particularly (but not necessarily exclusively) the problems of the city’s 28% poverty rates, the impact our actions have on the environment, and the issue of “brain drain”– the phenomenon that sees the talent that is nourished in the city migrate to other places.

    Upon researching the various ways this could be accomplished and looking at how other communities have improved their way of life in similar situations, we decided to explore the benefits that a local currency could have on the city of Savannah: a Savannah Dollar, or $AV, if you will.

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  • Sacrificial Concept Three: Open Source Succession

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    This is the third of four sacrificial concepts that were developed through a rapid-response exercise by teams in a SCAD Sustainable Practices class in response to the challenge of furthering earlier work completed around the idea of developing a sustainable hub in Savannah. 

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    By Liz Lukken and Arielle Vilardo

    Known for its rich cultural history and distinctive evergreen terrain, Savannah brought in over 12 million visitors in 2011. While many tourists flock to the commercialized side of the region, Savannah is often overlooked as a hub for providential change; induced by the dedicated individuals who make up local businesses and non-profit organizations. Focusing on a thriving local economy, promoting social equity, and the fostering of green jobs, these organizations have accomplished tremendous feats by standing at the forefront of a new “Green Economy” that shows great promise.

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  • Sacrificial Concept Two: Multi-dimensional Support System

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    This is the second of four sacrificial concepts that were developed through a rapid-response exercise by teams in a SCAD Sustainable Practices class in response to the challenge of furthering earlier work completed around the idea of developing a sustainable hub in Savannah. Be on the look out for two more this week, then: look out! The sacrificial concepts are rapid prototypes to help get the concepts flowing, and they’ve already done their job. Reports later this month will reveal on-the-ground developments.

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    By Jorie Ballun,  Caleb Sexton, and Hina Shahid

    Accelerate Savannah is a group of changemakers endeavoring to stimulate a green economy in Savannah, and this has led them to partner with SCAD Design Management and Design for Sustainability students to help shape details of a strategic initiative. Over the last week on this blog, we’ve learned of a framework for a sustainable hub that incorporates local businesses, groups, networks, and services to align common efforts to transform a rich array of community resources into an effective entrepreneurial and workforce development campaign that addresses multiple trends in Savannah, specifically the high rate of poverty on one end, and brain drain of creative talent on the other.

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