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Lewis Humphreys

Community Provocateur, Tech Launch Arizona, University of Arizona


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Grow jobs and food, start a local jobs movement.

Why not take the concept of the local foods movement and all of the changes in behavior and awareness that has created and apply it to creating jobs? How would you create a local jobs movement in your town?

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At the end of our TEDxTucson event, absolutely everyone in the theatre stood and stated “I am a green entrepreneur!” It was an inspiring moment. Many people approached me afterwards and asked what they could do next, which illustrates how powerful the whole concept of TEDx can be. Our theme was sustainability and “Innovating Our Green Economy”. So as we turned our attention to 2011 and what to do next, I was looking for a way to create a project to capture the enthusiasm and interest TEDxTucson had generated and make a real difference in our community.

“The Local Jobs Movement” is a project to grow the local food movement in Tucson and create entrepreneurial opportunities for people interested in urban agriculture. Our first TEDxTucsonSalon event on April 19 was all about local food issues, and the talks presented will increase awareness of some of the amazing work local innovators are doing to change our community’s access to healthy locally produced food. Our intention is to inspire people to help us grow the local food movement and increase interest in supporting urban agriculture projects. This in turn will increase opportunities for entrepreneurship.

We need more locally produced food and we need more locally created jobs. What would you do if you could create your own job and help grow your local food movement?


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