An Occupy-inspired San Francisco entrepreneur brings hot food and hot prospects to the Tenderloin.
Picking up from Occupy San Francisco, the Tenderloin Today Project aspires to revive a neighborhood with food, services, jobs and housing developed with, and through, community-based organizations.
By creating space for like-minded individuals to come together to identify their collective power, the Occupy movement shifted the parameters of activism and opened new ways of creating mutual aid. The physical camps of the Occupy movement were the birthplaces for this new thinking. Now, after its first birthday, we're starting to see Occupy as its own entity and how it is going to interact with the world.
As a successful entrepreneur, I had the privilege and opportunity to jump in with both feet when the movement came to San Francisco. While many in the wealthy elite of this city saw the movement as a threat and something to be feared, I saw in it the seeds of the revolution we must create in order to ensure the survival of our planet and our species.
The next stage of the movement is about realigning our interests and our actions to build a culture that takes responsibility at an individual level for the wellbeing of everyone in our communities. With this in mind, I've been working to create a model for rebuilding communities from the street level, starting in San Francisco's deeply troubled Tenderloin district.
Via Margaret Reeve Panahi