This week Awesome Stories brings you Housecalls for the Housebound, Little Free Pantry, futuristic trucks and messy learning.
Housecalls for the Housebound
Dr. Samuel Lupin decided to go back to traditional medicine by making house calls. After his daughter died, he realized that he was tired of the commute, office hours, paperwork and making patients wait, so he decided to make house calls for homebound patients. He treated them like extended family and his new practice flourished. In fact, he was joined by his son-in-law, grandson, other doctors and nurses as they grew to a full-service in-home provider caring for over 4000 patients in the New York City area. Their holistic care offers better care to a population that is often under-served, and hospitals save money by referring patients that they can’t help as well as Housecalls for the Housebound.
Little Free Pantry
A local woman and church have partnered to start what they hope will be as prevalent as Little Free Libraries. They see a need for smaller, neighborhood pantries that serve folks who might need food or household supplies when a formal pantry is not open. People in need can come to a Little Free Pantry and take whatever they need. Neighbors and donors will keep the pantries stocked with non-perishable food and household items like toothpaste and toilet paper. They’ve already built one neighborhood pantry and are looking to expand as resources allow. I love this idea and hope to see many Little Free Pantries popping up all over towns. If this speaks to you, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nikola Motors thinks they have a better version of trucks. Their futuristic looking trucks will run on electricity generated on-board with a turbine generator that runs on natural gas and charges the batteries. They offer a host of advantages including better mileage, lower emissions, lower cost to operate, quieter, less weight, regenerative breaks, more cab room and lots of modern cabin features. They’re offering a unique all-inclusive lease program that includes maintenance, gas and upgrades every 7 years. They seem pretty interesting to me. What do you think?
Schools around the world are experimenting with “messy learning”, a method of teaching that asks open-ended questions that don’t have one right answer. This encourages students to explore, collaborate and learn in groups. The formal name for this approach is SOLEs- Self Organized Learning Environments. In this brief interview, Sugata Mitra talks about how he used a computer placed in a wall to help stimulate learning. This approach seems to succeed across wide skill levels and interests. I would have loved self-directed learning.
May we feed our minds with curiosity and our hearts with compassion. Have an awesome week!