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Ricardo Williams

Media Director, IDEAS For Us, Inc.

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How are you helping your local community?

I am an ambassador of "I.D.E.A.S. For Us", a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and accredited NGO of the United Nations, advancing sustainability and solving environmental problems through youth-led action at universities, K-12 schools and communities around the World.

Recently we started a new project called "The Hive". Its a think (and do) tank aimed at addressing Global challenges through local solutions to advance sustainability. Our first Hive has started in Orlando, Florida, but this is a community initiative that we plan to spread to many other cities in the hopes of conquering the five pillars of sustainability: ecology, food, waste, water, and energy.

So my questions to the TED community is... Are you an environmentalist? Do you care about sustaining your community (as well as the world)? And if so, what steps have taken to do so? ... Or maybe you have some IDEAS for us?

And.... GO!


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  • Jun 20 2013: Hey Ricardo,

    At the risk of being repetitive, I will say that one of the most decisive elements pushing my lean towards environmentalism was education. I took an environmental science course in high school that really paved the way for my current studies. But aside from that, one of the most inspiring and rewarding ways for ME to live a sustainable life is to grow my own food. I'm the kind of person that likes to work hard , and to see physical results. and both of those are met when growing my own food. I had a record garlic harvest this year, (for those of you in the know, yes, it is early in the year, but spring was HOT) and just pulling my own crops out of the ground was as rewarding an experience as anything.

    I hope you find this useful.


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