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Project: Food choices & sustainability
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Northern Rift enables students of all ages to build essential career skills, make connections and have an impact by collaboratively solving real-world challenges. Ideas into action.

THIS PROJECT

The topic: Food Choices & Sustainability

The food we choose to put in our mouth every day has a direct impact on the planet we all share.

Sustainability is using resources at the same rate the Earth can replace them. So a sustainable food system encompasses a large number of interconnected issues such as: food safety, nutrition, transportation (local and global), processing, waste, climate change, biodiversity, water use, soil quality, and energy (oil, gas, electricity) through to jobs, economics, subsidies and the policy that impacts much of this.

As an example, to help spark your thinking: Food is energy. Not just energy for our body, but the energy it took to grow, ship, process, package, market and sell. Food waste is not only about starving people and oversupply, it is also about wasting energy and water.

Food can also get very emotional for people, from GMO debates, to animal rights, through to cultural identity and the disproportionate environmental impact of animal agriculture.

The Experts: We've partnered with the digital HUMAN LIBRARY to connect teachers and students with topic experts around the world.

The Challenge: Focus on one of the many areas - is it sustainable and what ideas you have to make it more efficient and sustainable? Anything from measuring impact per food type, to reducing waste, to changing what we eat every day, shipping and information campaigns, through to policy and economic ideas.

Possible Enablers: Software, phone apps, education, transparency, media & storytelling, IoT, drones, robotics, diet change, land management techniques, water use, sensors, new industrial farming techniques through to urban farming and policy.

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Ends: On demand.

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HOW IT WORKS

The guided process makes it easy to get involved.

  1. REGISTER
  2. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
  3. BRAINSTORM SOLUTIONS
  4. COLLABORATE & CO-CREATE
  5. TEST, EVALUATE & ITERATE

The best ideas rise to the top and you develop skills, connections and portfolios with an innovation rating that counts.

OUR NAME

Our dream is to make a difference in the world by unlocking the hidden value in every individual and with it, human potential.

Rift: Where continents move apart, new crust is formed... hidden value is revealed and new life appears. To create the new, we must let go of the old.

Northern: A north star. A guide, a destination and the action of moving forward.

Northern Rift: A place for creative disruption.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS

In todays world of rapid change, knowledge alone is no longer enough.

Northern Rift's ideas into action process, builds the Essential Skills for 21ST Century Careers:

  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Collaboration & Co-creation
  • Communication & Storytelling
  • Continuous learning
FOR THE CLASSROOM

Dear Educator, Bring Northern Rift's Real-world Project Based Learning Experience into any classroom. Simple. Fast. Easy.

From Grades 6-12, students learn about the most current topics, collaborate beyond the classroom and have the freedom to imagine, explore and create a future they are passionate about.

  • College and Career Readiness
  • Explore NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards)
  • Connect the STEM and ARTS
  • Integrate Common Core State Standards
  • Guided process and easy for teachers

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FOR AFTER SCHOOL

Our “After School Program” is all online for students who are not able to experience Northern Rift in their classroom.

  • Join a global student community
  • Work on the ideas you love
  • Build Essential Skills for the 21st Century
  • Get College & Career ready
  • Online mentors to guide you

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FOR UNI STUDENTS & WORKERS

Get the skills every company needs.

Collaborate with peers to gain innovation experience and build the essential skills for 21st Century Jobs.

Our process accelerates ideas-to-impact, and also gives unique insight to topics, technologies and ways of thinking.

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OTHER CHALLENGES

Every month we offer challenges across a range of categories:

  • Environment & sustainability
  • Emerging industries & technologies
  • Civic engagement
  • Social justice

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