Aaron Makaruk is developing methodologies, tools and kits for integrating natural agricultural and ecological systems with urban environments in order to restore balance to food production and consumption cycles. These include AKER’s simple garden kits that snap together without tools in just minutes and can be adjusted to fit even the smallest balcony.
We are excited about working with Aaron on the consumers to creators process. Access to information about the food we eat, its origin and the resources that go into production is essential to building global food security. AKER kits are the beginning of implementing this much larger vision, encouraging hands on engagement. At the same time it is an experiment in the commercialisation of open design in a fresh area for the Foundation.
Twice a year we award a number of small grants to a collection of social change agents, no strings attached, in support of their work. We call these Flash Grants and recipients are selected based on nominations from our Fellows. Each award is worth $5,000.
At the heart of our co-investment fellowship model is the principle that Fellows continue to invest in their own ideas. The Foundation amplifies the Fellow’s investment by matching it at least tenfold, along with covering the cost of their time for the year.
The figures you see here do not reflect each Fellow’s fellowship year funding, but rather the funds unlocked within our financial year, as the fellowship years start either March or September and Fellows are not required to spend the available funds proportionately throughout the year.