This is a for-profit / non-profit hybrid web platform focused on food and thought. We are the meals and media we choose. Featuring updated tools, this site provides personalized curation of movies, music, games, news and books on one side; and restaurants, "cooking circles", menus, pantries, and recipes on the other. When it’s personal, creating, exploring and sharing deepens and widens our world, empowering us (rather than channeling us towards choices dictated by advertisers and large corporations). This add-on hub enhances existing social networks, Wikipedia and media providers. Using intuitive layouts, we are building a visually luxurious park that will be both ad-free and refreshingly clean of political/commercial posts. With this we can remember that, no matter what the divides, we will always have a passion for enjoying food and media in common.
This project endeavors to make it effortless/inviting for users to fund inspiring change. Links (when desired) to providers, app downloads and monthly micro membership donations/fees will cover overhead and a growing donation pool. To activate this source of funding, it is critical to partner with other organizations (like YC Research, NPR and Wikipedia etc.) - together ensuring that the change we each hope to realize is funded. Akin to Y Combinator's success in fostering startups, we will use our share of the donations to create the Equilibria Foundation. Its focus for change will be fostering income-sharing communities; investing in this, increases quality of life while decreasing economic and environmental footprints. We are ideally positioned to effect meaningful progress on this front. Re-discovering the village is a modern necessity.
Coming from cities with no experience in construction or agriculture, we designed and built Ionia. This income-sharing sustainable village (population 40-60) has successfully supported a family-oriented way of life for the last 32 years. By exploring basic income, shared resources, plant-based diet and sustainable governing, we thrived. Navigating the world of non-profit grant writing, we successfully partnered with private foundations, USDA and the State of Alaska on countless projects. On 200 acres of wild spruce forest in Alaska we built, by hand, 10 log homes, a bustling 12,000 sq. ft. log community center, extensive organic gardens and our barn/activities center - the largest natural building (clay/straw, post and beam) structure in North America. Depending on the hurdle, we gather to bring an extensive variety of resources and find solutions. We are well-versed in taking on projects outside of what is safe or familiar and go wherever practical passion leads.
Sharing a love of food is a primary way to gather with friends, and we will ensure that the foodie in all of us will find a home here. What we read, watch, and listen to is nourishing to our thoughts. What we choose to share sustains our relationship to friends, our chosen village. In this virtual park, users will discover a shared humanity – even with people we didn't think we had anything in common with; and be enriched by new trusted suggestions and ideas.
Some of the key features of this site will include:
- Dynamic four-element visual ratings systems (this will also double as the site logo) that are, at a glance, easy to interpret…1-nourishing (healthy and educational), 2-entertaining (fun and delicious), 3-repeatable (re-watchable) and 4-quality (well made). This allows users to communicate quickly and meaningfully what they liked about an album, movie, recipe or restaurant. It also allows users to learn more about themselves - that they only watch movies which others rated as more “entertaining” but not as “nourishing” for example; or that they usually eat foods which are more healthy but not very fun.
- Intuitive “shopping cart” saveable searches with the ability to add customized human layers. (“Which restaurants do the members of my kayaking group recommend” or “which book about Islam do my sisters think is most readable?”)
- Drag, drop and swipe features to easily create collections of content that can be viewed by friends (“my favorite Chinese restaurant choices”, “books that make me cry”.)
- Links to easy purchasing of ingredients for all pantry or menu needs; as well as links to media providers for easy access to viewing, or simple access and organization of media stored on your own HD or cloud.
- Comprehensive platform for critics, chefs, celebrities, journalists or anyone who has a sizable following to quickly share their work or the works of others that they admire/enjoy...their collections and reviews allowing anyone who is interested in them to learn more.
- Either for the gourmet, the cost conscious or the health concerned. A place to create or join cooking circles for people to coordinate and enjoy more home cooking with like minded ideals and spend far less time in the kitchen to have it.
On the web, you can search and find anything, but there is no reliable way to know if it is something you can trust or believe. Knowing what everyone thinks is not actually that useful. The Internet is too big and lacks context. People now often feel manipulated and distrustful of algorithms, commercially driven search results and “the people who liked this, also liked” methods of leading us to the next thing. It makes us feel lonely. In contrast, on this new site you can create custom groups of friends who you trust, and thus filter subjects you care about through your groups (“my documentary group” or “my weight loss group”). Social media tends to silo our view of the world and create disturbing echo chambers (see the current state of online politics). Our site introduces a human element in a clean format, because it’s limited to personally created collections and ratings systems only. People will flock to the site who want to connect to each other and suffer from commercial information overload. Here they will find company on the common ground of their choosing.
The Equilibria Foundation
The Equilibria Foundation
The Equilibria Foundation
The Equilibria Foundation
“It takes a village to raise a child”. This common sense phrase leads one’s imagination to the intuition that many of the seemingly unsolvable paradoxes of contemporary life can be worked through by bringing about modern livability in a village way of life. For 32 years, the relevance of connecting food and thought is the cornerstone of our success at Ionia. That they define and enrich each other is why we chose this idea to transition Ionia from a grant-receiving organization to a grant-giving foundation and grow our current 2.4 million endowment to its humble completion. We then will create the Equilibria Foundation and fund other organizations and projects that can help realize a brighter future. We have been lucky and it’s time to pay it forward.
We notice that centering interaction on these two universally craved subjects (food and media) is both freeing and nourishing. Users will subtly and increasingly need to wander this site to feel nurtured, contrasting their other online experiences.
In exchange for services we care about, donating to a non-profit cause is attractive (in contrast to being charged a corporate fee). Funding positive change is the challenge. The more we gather with intention...the more realizing meaningful change for the better becomes ever more attainable.
Sharing a love of food is a primary way to gather with friends, and we will ensure that the foodie in all of us will find a home here. What we read, watch, and listen to is nourishing to our thoughts. What we choose to share sustains our relationship to friends, our chosen village. In this virtual park, users will discover a shared humanity – even with people we didn't think we had anything in common with; and be nourished by new trusted suggestions and ideas.