Apps for Good Contest!

Apps for Good Contest!
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Windows 8 Apps for Social Good contest w/ ,000 in prizes!

Calling all developers, hackers, social do-gooders, and activists: want to develop Windows 8 apps for social good? Well, you’re in luck – the Microsoft Windows 8 Contest is ON!
Microsoft has teamed up with NetSquared to support you in generating apps for nonprofits and activists on the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Marketplaces. The Contest is about YOUR great ideas and projects, and we’re here with tools, resources, and incentive prizes to get (and keep) you going.
Learn more and enter your Windows 8 app into the contest at
What is an app for “social good”?
An app (or other good or service) that is designed to benefit to the general public and doesn’t solely exist to provide the maximum possible return to shareholders. Some classic examples of social good are: clean water, literacy, food security, healthy and safe environment and digital inclusion, among many others. For the purposes of this contest, we’re accepting apps on any topic within TechSoup’s Hacker Helper Wiki.
What are the prizes?
There are 3 categories of prizes:
•Best Overall Windows 8 App wins ,000
•Best Overall Windows 8 Phone App wins ,000
•People’s Choice App wins ,000
Ready to get started? Here’s how to proceed:
1. Check out the Contest Page for all the details
2. Add your app to the NetSquared project gallery
3. Enter your project into the contest
Important Dates
•Project submissions: November 5 – February 28
•Public voting: March 1 – March 15
•Winners announced: March 25
You can find more information, including participant criteria and other “fine print” details here.
Show the world how a great idea, a few lines of code, and Windows 8 can change lives for the better.

German @ Braustübl, Darmstadt

German @ Braustübl, Darmstadt
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I almost never eat classic German food. It simply doesn’t work with my
idea of organic and healthy meals.
But as always you gotta make exceptions to the rule. I’m currently
making one while visiting my home town for some client work.
The Braustübl is a restaurant run by the local brewery. It combines
freshly brewed beer with the best form of local food and by this
provides the perfect spot for some after-work artery-cloaking beerfest
with the coworkers. Prost!

should vending machines have healthy food instead of junk food?

Question by Rosa: should vending machines have healthy food instead of junk food?
This is an. Argument. I am supporting it. Can you give me a few reasons to why having healthy foods in a vending machine is a good idea?

Best answer:

Answer by Cissandra
I think vending machines should have both types of food.

Add your own answer in the comments!

Healthy food for me. I need to lose weight and I want to start eating healthy.?

Question by Rory: Healthy food for me. I need to lose weight and I want to start eating healthy.?
Any ideas for healthy food?

Best answer:

Answer by Glazbinator
– Every meal and snack should contain some protein and fiber to help fill you up & keep you full.

– Your protein sources should be lean (e.g. fish, chicken, beans & legumes (also a source of fiber), tofu, nuts & seeds…)

– You should eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables… in their whole form is best. Also, keep in mind that they lose nutrients the longer they sit after being picked, so sometimes frozen is a better option. and be careful for pesticides… always wash your fruits & veggies before eating them!

– If you consume dairy products, make sure to keep them low fat or fat-free. You could also substitute milk alternatives such as soy, almond, or rice milk (and cheese, yogurt, etc…)

– The majority, if not all, of your grain products should be whole-grain. This can be whole wheat, oatmeal, quinoa, bulgur, amaranth, barley, brown rice, etc… the possibilities are virtually endless! Don’t eat refined grains! This is one of the biggest downfalls for people trying to lose weight. They spike your blood sugar and make you hungry again in an hour. Not to mention they have much fewer nutrients than whole grains, and the ones that are there are added in artificially… yuck!

Hope I helped & good luck!

Add your own answer in the comments!

J0 – the master definition of ‘A Job’ and the acid test for ‘Full Employment’

J0 – the master definition of ‘A Job’ and the acid test for ‘Full Employment’
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* I FEEL fully employed therefore I AM fully employed.

EVERYBODY *wants* to create more jobs.

But it appears to me that our system for driving our supply for jobs, to satisfy all our needs quite reliably, is completely broken.

For instance:

How can the Cameron govt claim to be creating loads of lovely new jobs for us, when the economy is plunging down the tubes, yet again? [apparently]

How come the national statistics office say that the unemployment percentage is falling, when every popular poll suggests that more and more people can no longer afford their daily bread?

How come the biggest economic brains that money can buy, when all assembled there in their lofty masses to assess the latest cure for all our woes, when they look at their giant spreadsheets and say: "hmmm… Treble dip recession here we come, and look: jobs are still going up!? That’s strange!" and then just go back to their wine and canapes, and then that rediculous photo-shoot of themselves all shaking hands in that same old display of fake unity and fake confidence!?

And how come, if we’re "all doing so very well!" that only 1 out of the 7 well-educated and striving males in my little family network is fully employed?

I think it’s because we’ve no idea what One Job is.

And because we’re so stuck in this conventional old thinking, and so emotionally wedded to our own version of political ideology, we just keep ploughing on, madly ignoring this humongous elephant in our collective economic room.

Despite epoch-changing advances in every other walk of life [actually, I think: because of them], we still don’t have a capable system to join up the dots properly on how we run the economy.

Our ‘Jobs’ factory is still way back in the dark ages!

Well, if you want to make the right amount of ANYTHING, you first need to know how to count it.

Back in the day when unemployment was thankfully turned from a crass, upper-class wild guess [often swiftly followed by a surprise and unruly demonstration by a mass mob of near-death-starved wannabe workers arriving awkwardly outside Number 10, fresh from their long walk all the way from… Ohh.. Where?… Jarrow, say!]… Way back then, counting jobs was easy!

You take one keen, young boy fresh from compulsory school. You walk him over to his dad’s shipyard. Pay him the going daily rate for each hard day’s labour. Fine him for any slacking so you don’t break the company coffers. And you keep doing that day in day out; till he drops dead – some 50 years later if he’s lucky.

Oh, and you deduct a token payment off his wages to pay into a friendly society fund so he can claim it back when he can’t work anymore, to keep him and his in bread and lard… Oh, and another few shekels a week for his union to keep heads of his kind floating just above water. And another small fine as his contribution to aid for the King.

And that’s One Job.

No probs!

Fast fwd 80 years, and things seem a bit more complicated.

For a start, the missus is working for pay now. So we need to cover her for jobs too. So one family needs more than one job, now…. [Or does it!?…]

And your typical work hours have gone mad. It was 8 or maybe 12 working hours per day, 5 or 6 days per week. Sunday: illegal. Rest and church only.

And now?

Forget church. Europhiles say any more than 35 hrs is cruelty. Doctors work 60, 70 hours. Most vacancies I see on shop windows round mine say 7.5 hrs, 10 hrs, 20 hrs tops, and "must be totally flexible".

Self-employment – to succeed that is – needs 80 hours hard labour. 7 days per week. [often without pay; sometimes without sleep!]

And we’re told the whole country must now compete with all those sweat shops in India, China and Brasil… On equal terms!… Where workers there never go home!?

But David, your stats say that just *one hour’s work per week* is equal to ‘One Job’…. Hmm!? Surely not!

Back in the day, unemployment meant "a somewhat perplexing little bother where lots of those pesky Northern working types are lazing about instead of grinding out our lovely Empire’s stock in world trade".

Unemployment wasn’t really a matter for the non-working classes then.

Landowners were not looking for jobs; they were looking for keeping their rents and square footage yields up. And the banking and political classes were just making sure that all their accounting books double-entered nice and neatly.

So job counting was treated as a bean-counter’s side issue.

But now!? Unemployment affects just about everybody!

And then there’s that other issue about how long we want to work, and when you’d be content to pass away:

We used to go to school for 14 years, work a further 50 years [with luck], and then retire [humbly] for a final 5 years, say [and with even more luck].

But now we go to school for 21 years, work for 44 years [or zero years if you’re one of the unlucky 3 million hopeless cases (on average)], then retire [sumptuously – by comparison] for a further 15-58 years [depending on your access to premium NHS care]…

So does that mean we need more jobs, fewer jobs, or just the same number of jobs per average UK subject now???

*** What the bleedin hell is: A Job!?

And some work you do *is* a job, and some *isn’t* a job.

If I’m going to school, I’m not in a job [but I still might get paid]. But if I’m an intern trainee in work, I AM in a job [tho probably unpaid].

If I’m maxed out, caring for family, I’m not in a job. But if I pop my clogs and a professional carer has to take over, she IS in a job!

If I’m sick I don’t count for a job, because I’m ‘economically inactive’ [or "scrounging scum", depending on your particular point of view] – irrelevant to the economic master plan [apparently]… But when I dutifully come back to look for work again, I’d find that there’s no job waiting ready for me! And that now I’m forced on the dole instead… Only now [you could’t make this up!] – ‘brilliantly’ – I’m now ‘economically active’! A ‘thrusting returnee’ to the UK success story!

[keep taking the pills, David]

This all is because the system is designed for only historical, money-based bean counting, not as a proactive tool for forward thinking mass entrepreneurialism. Who cares how many jobs we need tomorrow!

Well I care.

And then there’s that sordid question about pay:

Apparently, if I were sampled in the next govt labour stats survey, I could well show up as a nicely 100% employed community of population size 1. [unpaid work for family business – profitable or not – counts as fully employed.]

And your tireless but well-passed-pensionable-age mother, who might still be working part-time in her church for pocket money, say?… Well, she’d be counted by the Tories [and Labour, and the Lib Dems, and George, and the Germans, and the US and the IMF – but perhaps not the Chinese and the Indians!] as contributing a shining example of One Whole, Fully-Economically-Active, Growth-Driving, Blue-Rinsed Private Sector Job?


And when your electricity bill goes through the roof, and you can’t afford to travel to work, and bread sky rockets, and meat become a luxury, and you can’t pay your rent [because your pay has been ‘restrained’; or because landowners are recouping their losses and hiking it up] and your savings in the bank have become as rewarding as so much toiletpaper….

Does it still mean you are holding the same number of jobs as you were last year?

And when a graduate leaves university with £30,000 debt, and gets a graduate job earning £16,000, on a 1 year contract. Is that the same as a 16 year old leaving school and joining Tesco’s permanently, with no debt, earning £12,000?

And if the average living wage for a singleton is £25,000, how many jobs does the country need to create to cover for that? 1 job? 2? No idea?

And if the UK average working wage is about £20k, and a council CEO of a region blighted by youth unemployed is on £120k, is he holding down just One Job?… Or 6?

And if the Olympics had truly created 10,000 new jobs over an average of the last 2 years, is it now also true that Boris’ jobs gap in London has just vaulted up by 10,000?… Or by only 400?

[10,000 living wages / 50 yrs desirable working life span * 2 yrs actual job longevity = 400 healthy family lives]

And those hoards of volunteers? Let’s not be coy here: were they good citizens forgoing their rightful [and worthy] salary for the good of the nation, as advertised?

Or were they [unwittingly] labour-dumping; ‘selfishly’ destroying the chance of a real paid job for everyone else?

[Or were we all just blindly manipulated into a complete muddle about the meaning of real work – just to keep David’s numbers looking passable?]

But if volunteering really was the answer then, then why didn’t Lord Coe volunteer as well? Why was he paid some 2 or 3 times the salary of our Prime Minister!?

[I think we can all be excused for getting really, really confused now!]

And if a banker – one who was knighted for his services to the banking world by the last losing PM, say – is then fired for cocking up our entire economy. Has he just lost One Job for his incompetence? Or does his modest pension of 340 grand a year until he finally pops his clogs at the ripe old age of 122 still count as One continuing Jobsworth in the bank [if he can find one] to keep *his* household nice in cosy mittens?

And how many jobs did his financial incompetence actually destroy for the rest of us?

Any guesses?

And if Sainsbury’s or the Co-op, say, were to retire early one full-time, senior high-salaried member of staff and were then to take on three minimum wage temporary part-time unskilled workers to take over his workload, would David then say he had just created 2 more net private sector jobs?

Or would he fess up and say that he’d actually done nothing at all!?

Or would he go further, and be even more honest and admit that the majestic UK economy had just shrunk by a little bit more?

And if your job is sharpening pencils when no one uses pencils anymore, or if you’re drilling for oil just weeks before all the oil is due to run out… Are you still ‘fully employed’?

Or do we need to create one more job for you: URGENTLY! [so you might sleep nights, confident that you’re not silently doomed to suffer a long period of systematic unemployed man abuse, viciously doled-out by the Jobcentre, ‘respectfully’ [their #1 customer service promise] mistreating you as "yet another longterm benefits-scrounging good for nothing lazy piece of workshy scum!"]

[Yes! I was given the white feather of female mistrust and scorn yesterday again. And yes: it did upset me badly.]

And if I really didn’t like my job… Or it just doesn’t fit my family’s needs? Is that one person well matched to one job!? Or not? Does David have to do anything different for me? Or am I just being fussy and selfish?

And if a million impoverished EU migrant workers were to come rushing towards our shores, to frantically Dyson-up this plague of microjoblets that David’s strategically scourging our promised land with, that said striving migrants might actually be able to feed all *their* families [because when it’s all said and done, David, we’re all humans in the same lifeboat on this], would David be right when he says he’s just created another million green-private-sector-job-shoots for ourselves?

Or has he just lit the fuse to his own political time bomb?

When the unit of measure you are using is this woolly, you can say just about anything you like without a shred of fear you’d be found out actually telling the unholiest of unholy lies.

You can bluff and plough on; but I don’t think you can claim to be competent.

And you certainly can’t claim to be in control. Not when it’s this important!

The fundamental problem is this: what do you want David [or whoever is in charge] to aim for? What do you want him to make you more of?

One minute he’s claiming: Britain is Booming; look! I’ve made GDP go up! The next he’s crowing: Britain is Booming; look! GDP is down but I kept jobs up! Then it’s wages are down but he made sure inflation hasn’t gone thu the roof; or it’s exports are up [only we can all see that our town streets are turning to ghosts!]

And if all that’s not enough! He’s even got a new ‘happiness’ survey coming for you, to show us all just how professionally well he’s really doing… I guess he’s just afraid he might be about to lose *his* job.

It’s just not worth listening anymore!

Why can’t we just have one thing to focus on? Just one measure that means the same thing to everyone.

[No need for embarrassment that that’s your only primary goal, George! – no need to big it up with all that banker-friendly economic buffoonery, mate!]

Just one thing.

One thing that, when there’s a shortage, it means that it’s time the tough got going: fast. And that, when there’s more, it simply means that all is unquestionably better, for everyone.

Well I think this is it.

It’s a redefinition of the meaning and quantity of ‘One Job’.

Any job definition needs to work easily for different players in different ways, but, crucially, it must all still add-up to a unified, coherent, successful, human whole.

In the old days, One Job for a working family meant you had the reasonable expectation of earning a full standard of living for the whole family, for one full generation.

This was the same for the employer, but he only needed to account for it as ‘one full weekly wage for a business term of 50 years’ [at which point a fulltime schoolleaver would need to be brought in to replace the fulltime retiree].

[In oldest times this was given an easy job-based money unit: the Romans had the denarius. One coin given for one day’s labour sufficient for one journeyman’s daily bread.]

And this still worked well for home carers too – typically the wife and grandmother – who would work in parallel behind the scenes to enable the whole family unit to enjoy the man’s wage. However this didn’t need any outside measurement as it was easily handled within the home, just as a matter of common sense. So the real work done in the home by them wasn’t counted as a ‘job’ at all.

[That’s where our system was not future-proofed right from the get-go: we confused ‘job’ with ‘pay’ and called everything unpaid as ‘economically inactive’ … Now ‘economically inactive’ is financially crippling! We fixed the bean-counting (temporarily) but we destroyed the value of community and enterprise…]

And, economically speaking, if your employer was employing you – in a shipyard say – then it meant that ships were being built, and that ship orders were being filled, and trade was happening, and taxes were flowing, and good ol Blightie’s books were brimming. All good.

Still easy! [ish]

This worked because the ‘Job’ was the atomic unit of the Good Enterprise, the Good Economy and the Good Life. [no pun intended]

But when money value changes wildly and when family isn’t family any more and when all family adults want to work and when caring becomes an enterprise and when job life spans shrink down to weeks or days or hours and when human life spans stretch and when school doesn’t flow into work and when retirement isn’t retirement any more and when benefits mean worklessness isn’t incomelessness and when enterprise comes and goes in the blink of an eye and when leisure becomes a profit source and when most profit doesn’t need any workers at all!!…

All that beauty of simplicity and control… It just falls into mush!

So I think the answer is to start again.

To start again from the top, at the very mother of what we all really want. And to define a Job unit which works at that level. Only when we’ve got that clear should we then proceed back down into the detailed economic systems and bean-counting.

My graphic depicts what I think should be understood as ‘One Job’ at this top level.

The essence of it is time [not money, roles, wages, locations, or headcounts].

One Job is shown here to be the time equivalent of the total available living time in one typical family unit.

A portion of this is deployed in work. This is the duty necessary to raise and transform a sufficient quantity of the family’s stock of profit into produce essential for the quantity and quality of enjoyment time they expect. [by the way, enjoyment time includes time sleeping in a warm bed].

For this work time to happen, there needs to be an enterprise to host the work activity. So there’s a space called a factory. But at this level there is no real distinction between work and home. So the house space and the factory space are joined at the hip. It’s all enterprise.

You can’t work without a house. And you can’t have a house without work. [it’s only recent modern life that’s found us specialising time and space to such a degree that we now see these things as totally separate, and get really frustrated when the numbers don’t add up nicely any more…]

Happiness is the end product: using its hard-earned produce, the family converts its own joy time into it’s own tacit stock of joy [like recalling that fond memory of last summer’s family holiday in Majorca].

So Mrs Jones is happy, and stops being mean to Mr Jones. And Mr Jones is happy [relieved] and feels good about his self-worth, and so he values his work time as a thing of dignity and honour among his peers. And little Tommy Jones sees his dad out and about and respected, and likes him buying him toys and having time to play football with him, and sees his mum canoodling him on the sofa… And so he wants to be just like his dad when *he* leaves school [school is tacit in this model – part enjoyment time, part work time].

And little Alice Jones sees her mum enjoying her shopping outings, and sees her mum canoodling her dad, and is jealous. And so Alice wants to grow up quick and get married, just like her mum did.

[by the way, cooking and cleaning is really work time in this model: just more refined production and enterprise improvement]

And so socially, One Job is the same as one wonderful, healthy little micro-community. An atom of a good society.

All seems good to me! Yes?

And look:

We don’t even need the concept of money yet!

We don’t need an economic policy. We don’t need a government growth stimulus. We don’t even need a government. [David is out of a job!]

It all just kind of happens!

[Actually, I think the roles of government are tacit in this model, occurring within the ongoing dialogue of the family.., and in the subtle man-woman-family values that drive their collective positive behaviour for the good of the continued survival of the whole.]

And enterprise here is just the other side of the same life coin. It is a whole thing.

There’s no Production and Services split. There’s no need for a distinction between Public Sector and Private Sector. No Third Sector, no NGOs. No Charity. No Capitalism. No Socialism. No Social Enterprise. No lefts or rights. No meaningless Small Government / Big Society mantra…

All that guff is just modern mush and muddle that only serves to mess up this true, unified meaning of Enterprise. [messing it up so completely that no one knows what they should be doing any more.]

There’s no ‘economically active’ and ‘inactive’; there isn’t even an ‘economy’ yet! There’s definitely no Free Market. There’s no market! [But I suppose there is *freedom*!]

And there’s no paid vs. unpaid jobs; no profit vs. not-for profit businesses; no volunteering, no slavery. That too is redundant thinking.

There’s just ability, time, and positive behaviour. All together in this space: a fleeting, living bubble in the infinitity of the human cosmos. Life.

And I think the sum of all this – the gestalt – is what I call Spirit: the beauty of the healthy whole; attitudes in perfect sync with hard reality. Daily life ticking like a faithful grandfather clock.

It’s the spirit of full employment!

[Faulty spirit, and cracks will quickly start to appear everywhere else.]

Further more, the side effect of this positive desire-time-joy loop is change: the enterprise is changed positively in the work process. And the family is changed positively in the enjoyment process.

Houses get erected. Factories get set-up and repaired. Resources get depleted. Workers get tired. People age. Relationships develop, start, and end. Specialised roles and particular social hierarchies develop. Technology is conceived and perfected. Community is shaped and matured.

Everything just evolves, necessarily and naturally, over time.

This evolution may be observed at any moment in time as its state of order. The enterprise order. And the community order. [complimentary views of the same thing]

And we know about this order thru the accessible information about it. By what we perceive and memorise. And by how we collectively feel and talk about our world. It’s stored in our language and in our ideas.

I’d like to emphasise the concept of Profit at this point. [There’s no concept yet of a modern business organisation and so accounting and no tax: there is no money, remember!] But there is Profit.

But I’ve rewired the whole idea of ‘profit’.

* Profit here is not what is left over after the workers have all been paid-off; it’s what the family has to start with, with which to afford it’s desirable living off.

So the produce from any uplifted profit is the worker’s profit, taken as wages. And the gain from this is the profit taken as family joy in the use of his wages. And any difference is the profit lost to the universe as waste.

And the profit only exists because it’s fed from an abundant external energy source of some kind [eg the sunlight which bears down on our little piece of heaven.]

In this model, Profit is the medium of enjoyable living. Without it: no life.

It is a critical commodity but I think it is really best seen as a ‘waste’, not as an ‘asset’.

Your stock of profit may either be in rate-limited re-supply or be finite. Either way, it must always be used economically, minimising any waste that might otherwise just go straight up the chimney.

By uplifting it, you are *wasting your desirable life opportunity span*.

[Profit here has it’s old Biblical meaning: Good. It’s what we should all seek a shared sufficiency of, through good, socially-positive manners and behaviour. Through Good Enterprise.]

By the way, ‘austerity’ in this model is a ridiculous concept: Mrs Jones refusing to buy enough food to feed the family properly [for some reason only known to herself!] so then Mr Jones finds he has less work to do so then Mrs Jones instinctively nags him even more to work harder, cos she’s [strangely] just not as happy as she was yesterday!

[Carry on, David!]

The absolutely critical thing about profit, though, is this:

* Profit must be distributed justly, for the good of every member of the family, with due regard for the merit they’ve earned and the utility they offer.

[I hope you’ve now seen my point here: that ‘profit’ has misleadingly become a just dirty accounting word for some, and the money-based be all and end all for many, many others, and it’s screwed us up badly! I say we’ve got it all arse-about-face: if there is any evil in profit, it’s not the existence of it – it’s essential in this model – no, it would be in the evil *distribution* of it, should that ever be allowed to happen.]

Another way of looking at this profit concept is to see yourself, not as ‘entitled’ to a gracious. long, and prosperous life. Nor as the jealous inheritor of daddy’s cash-cow. But to see yourself as a ‘lucky tramp’, an accidental settler; given by the grace of who knows what or whom the *opportunity* of authentically pursuing your own vision of the Good Life Dream right here and now.

I am very lucky should I find myself in this spot.

It would mean that I and my loved ones can now survive with confidence. I can now – authentically – be filled with hope. This plot on the planet; this squat of mine; this temporary territory… My *Home*. My *Job*. Is of *mortal value* to me. I mess it up at my peril. And I fight to keep it to the death.

So profit is really the life blood of *opportunity*.

And consequently, ‘territory’ or land is not intrinsically valuable at all!…

Mr Jones’ square footage on the ground is of *no value whatsoever* without his labour, and without Mrs Jones’ desires and helpful habits, and without a factory to house his work, one that fits the produce that fits the joy his missus seeks; and without the ability of it all to continue to churn out the right quantity of family pleasure, day in day out, for all time.

It’s the whole that’s of value, not any single factor on it’s own.

[If you were to sell or rent anything in this model, you could only validly price the Opportunity – the self-employment business plan, so to speak – on an all-or-nothing basis.]

So if we *were* to introduce the concept of territory and land ownership now, and then a money-value for time occupied on it: Rent. And then if we were to offer this rental business prospect as a going concern; and were to call it ‘property value’. Well then we would have completely lost the point!

The only thing *I own* is me. The only thing of value is *my life*.

[If I am wrong on this, then the house price crash of 2008 and the global collapse of Western banking, and the destruction of the Euro by greedy Spanish land speculators and construction tycoons by them brilliantly ‘investing’ in all the pleasure domes of kubla khan that they could possibly dream up – with not one person ready to go into any of them!… If all this land and property were intrinsically of value, then all this is just signs of the healthy vibrancy of modern economic success!?… Yer right, David!!]

So profit and opportunity, and a lifetime of joy and goodness to society, when properly integrated, and when rightly appreciated by us as *The Spirit of full employment*, are all really the just same thing. Morally equivalent. Economically essential.


Right! Well? All very sound-looking but still hopelessly hypothetical… Would I vote for one of these!?

[Where’s my crystal ball?…]

A simulation story:

If the sun stops shining, then the profit stock runs dry, and work time cannot be used, and wages dry-up, and joy ceases, and… The family life is not as intended. It’s meaner and shorter. Better not let the ‘sun’ stop shining then!

Or if Mr Jones gets lazy, the factory stands idle, no produce is brought home, food is not put on the table, then Alice Jones will start to cry and so Mrs Jones hits Mr Jones over the head with a rolling pin [the same rolling pin that Mr Jones had only yesterday lovingly crafted for her… And he was only able to do that because he’d invented the lathe just the week before], so Mr Jones goes urgently back to work [and Tommy Jones sees his dad’s behaviour brutally corrected, and so learns the value of holding down a job], and all returns to normal, and the family is happy once more. Wonderful!

And what if Mr Jones is a bit pants at his work, and wastes more than he should, or is rather slow? Well less product for the profit stock owned in the work time available. And so less joy. So a lower standard of living for the Joneses. Quite right!

And what if Mr Jones’ stock of profit runs dry; or a hurricane flattens the factory, or invading Vikings plunder the lot and leave him with just his life and family? Well Mr Jones better move camp and prospect for another living opportunity somewhere else, pronto! Well that’s life, isn’t it. [In fact, in this particular scenario, you might say: Mr Jones is short of One Job, and so is rapidly striving to develop a new personal enterprise to create One Job more for himself and his family. Ie: he’s ‘jobseeking’!]

And zooming back out now [from David’s viewpoint again], this post-apocalyptic job recovery ‘policy’ of Mr Jones is geared just so, so his family’s standard of living might speedily return to its normal, healthy, flourishing green-and-flowering rose bush of a 100% effective and efficient Jones National Economic Statistic of – wait for it………..

Precisely "One Job."

I vote: yes please!

[What d’you think?]


Purpose: To clarify the meaning of the economic unit ‘Job’ and the meaning of ‘Full Employment’ when used to evaluate the performance of modern government.

Impact goal in use: Every person is fully employed.


HAPPINESS: A person’s perception of the goodness of his life. Happiness is the same as employment: if you say you are happy then you are also employed; if you are fully employed, you are also fully happy.

JOB: A forecast of a life. A division of activity in a human setting. An economic unit of measure. A person’s living situation. A person’s identity. The idea of dignity one expects in return for his own expected duty.

J0: A precise definition of a job in the J0 scheme. Measurement: A person is said to have one (J0) Job when he/she states that he/she feels fully employed. Valid range: 0..1 [a person cannot have more than one J0]

PERSON: A living, sentient being or organisation of such. Usually human. The owner of a life opportunity. A human known by name.

FAMILY: A self-formed organisation of people regarded as a unit for the purpose of communal living. A type of person for the purposes of job counting. May consist of relationship structures of any kind. Eg, single people, a number of cohabiting friends, siblings without parents, lone parents with one or more children of any age, 2 adults, 2 adult parents with one or more children of any age, multi-parent multi-child communes…

FULLY-EMPLOYED: Found to agree with the J0 TEST.

*** A key concept point to note here: a J0 ‘Job’ is a time-based concept. It is measured by forecasting ahead. ie it is not a ‘how many people were employed yesterday’ measure. In this way, a J0-Job integrates with a business plan; with a ROI projection; and with a govt budget or BoE growth forecast.


Speaking responsibly as a family in the first person and thinking forwards from now to the foreseeable future,

I am fully employed if the following statement is true:

I feel that:

SPIRIT: my way of living shall always be true to my own values which are consistent with those of my chosen peers, and I expect to be able to remain free to maintain this integrity. Survival inspires me.


BEAUTY: I have a place in my world and I am in my place. Everything touching me seems to fit together well. My whole life just looks right. Survival looks good to me.


JUSTICE: I am afforded frequent and sufficient joys that fit my needs and merits. Any imbalances between me and my chosen peers are quickly resolved between us. I am allowed to survive.


JOY: I have a regular experience of uplifting moments of joy. I see myself having purpose and I am free to cooperate and compete fully within my chosen community. I do not feel deprived of valid dignity. My relationships seem right and secure. I value myself. I feel at home. I want to survive.


POWER: my community just works. I expect the life I want to last without compromise. I trust in my own resources to cope with any likely disturbances and new challenges. I am not anxious for exceptional good fortune. I do not feel something disastrous is about to happen. I am free to pursue whatever lifestyle I choose. I feel self-reliant. I am confident that I will survive.


Personal footnote:

My J0 score has changed wildly over the recent years. I currently do a weekly personal J0 scorecard as part of my job-winning system [along with the usual pipelined oppo stats and the govts v useful ‘positive steps’ count.] I also tally-up my paid hours, and my capacity hours, and my weekly profit to track my own rapid enterprise/full-employment development process.

Before I finally quit my aerospace job, I’d now estimate [I hadn’t discovered J0 then!] my J0 was around 4/20.

After discovering the #mission4jobs oppo and launching myself full-on into it, I was really fired up – ppl found me an inspiration! I’d estimate my J0 was about 10/20 then [I was a bit deluded, and I was rudely awakened as I was blocked from every avenue to engage with the establishment (poss something to do with being a proto-tramp living in a garishly painted car!?)]… [Another point to note: your class doesn’t affect your J0: I was living in a car and at that time I loved it! So a nation *can* get ‘poorer’ and still be happy!]

When I finally admitted failure and tried to rejoin the ‘normal’ UK working economy, I was more than rudely awaken: I was hosed with freezing water and beaten up. That and other devastating family issues caused me to almost give up. My J0 was fluctuating on an upset by upset basis in the range of 0-3/20. Don’t go there, guys!

… Things are much, much better for me now; I have hope; I’m well-housed tho precariously, I only get disrespected once every 2 weeks… Last week’s J0 tally was 4/20. I can cope with that for now.

My Work Programme goal [my own plan that is – my coach would not understand any of this; his goal is just to get his fat, Julian-off-benefits-bonus off David, no matter how he achieves it…] is to exceed 10/20 this year. But my strategy is to sail on past there, on to a full, Julian-style J0 of 20/20. By job creation thru starting-up my own paying business again; thru practising what I’m banging on about here…

As Monarch and PM combined, of the Whole Nation of Julian, I can’t see any point in aiming any lower!

Can you, David!?


Help to evolve valid thinking and drive positive action on jobs:

1. Suggest improvements of this tool to the author @julianpRED

2. Develop and share-alike via #openREDtools:

2.1. What is the statistical validity of this model?

2.2. Write a simulation story for these scenarios:
– gluttony
– poverty
– coping with an episode of sickness
– a stranger appears and joins the family
– two families share this one space, and cooperate so both have One Job each
– Mr Jones invents the iPad
– recovery after a devastating storm

2.3. The Joneses decide they want to write down a description of how to keep their Good Life model working perfectly. It will be a ‘Jones Manifesto’, a document written down for the record so that Alice and Tommy might easily get ahead of the game when they eventually graduate into independent family-hood. What should this document say?

[This next one is especially for David…]

2.4. How many new J0-jobs have you created today?

2.5. What is the current job gap for:
– yourself
– your family
– your network / gang / crowd / street / community
– your local authority
– your MP’s constituency
– the UK?

2.6. What should the next level definition of a job, J1, look like?

3. Act now to create more jobs:

3.1. Do you want a job like this? Give Dave a little push, tweet YES PLEASE – I WANT A #J0 JOB to @number10gov

For my family. Inspired by beautiful Pulau Ketam on the #mission4jobs.

Rev 3.1

Are there any good, healthy recipes you can suggest?

Question by KylieAnn: Are there any good, healthy recipes you can suggest?
I’m trying to eat healthier and shed these extra pounds I’ve gained in the last year before it turns into a big problem. I’m not extremely overweight, but I’m scared if I keep going this way, I will be. Any healthy, low calorie food ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Best answer:

Answer by buttercup
I love this as a dip. It is very good.

Roasted Vegetable Dip Inspired by Ina Garten’s Roasted Eggplant Spread

2 medium zucchinis, diced into 1-inch cubes
1 medium eggplant, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes
1 red pepper, diced into 1-inch cubes
1 yellow pepper, diced into 1-inch cubes
1 small onion, peeled and quartered
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. pepper
1-1/2 tsp. sea salt, such as Maldon Sea Salt, or kosher salt
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 clove garlic
1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
2 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss zucchini, eggplant, peppers and onion with olive oil, pepper and sea salt. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet. Roast 45 minutes, turning halfway during cooking. Allow to cool 10 minutes.

Place vegetables and remaining ingredients in a food processor and pulse until dip is chunky. (If you prefer a smoother dip, pulse until it reaches your preferred consistency.) Serve with pita chips or homemade tortilla chips.

What do you think? Answer below!

Spokesgoat Nanny

Spokesgoat Nanny
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Image by rikkis_refuge
Invites you to the First Ever Rikki’s Refuge Annual BBQ & Benefit Golf Tournament

Monday April 14, 2008, 9 AM Shotgun (Registration to Golf 8 AM)
Cannon Ridge Golf Club, 9000 Celebrate Virginia Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22406 (Rt 17 in Stafford)

Golf & Memorial Garden
Tom Sabol, the Chairman of our upcoming Golf Tournament, liked the idea of the Memorial Photo Signs. A lot of you liked that idea too. He was wondering how to place them about the golf course. Then he came up with the idea of a Memorial Garden where they’d all be together. It’s up to you in Memory of and in Honor of Photo Signs for your loved ones, two legged or four and, yes, of course, those special three leggeds.

If you’re coming to the event you may take your photo sign home with you. If not, they’ll move to Rikki’s Memorial Garden in the center of Feline Fields. By the way, it’s about time Candy and Paul will be looking for extra plants and people to help plant and tend the Memorial Garden. If you can’t make the Golf Tournament – and all the fun and excitement we have planned that day for our non-golfing friends – you can claim your photo Signs at Sponsor Appreciation Day.

Buy Your Memorial Photo Sign Now Before Time Runs Out. The event is less than two weeks away and the sign makers need some time …. Memorial Photo Signs are available for a donation of only 5. They are lovely color 12 x 18 display signs. Send a photo and your wording electronically (e-mail, too late for post). Let your friends on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge know you’re thinking of them. After the event, this Memorial Photo Sign is yours to take home and display forever. YOUR sign may say anything you like (hopefully our editing won’t be necessary!)

To Play or To Play
April 14 has been set aside as a day to play. Whether you’re an avid golfer, an amateur player or if you’re like me and Putt Putt is the closest you’ve ever come, the day has been designed for fun.

Vincent, Rikki’s World Famous Spokes Cat for the physically challenged will be there to meet you and to beg for your vote in our April Cats vs Dogs Contest.

Duke Thomas Peabody our new Spokes Dog for the visually challenged stepping out for the first time in public. Meet this precious blind boy and listen to his first campaign speech.

Nanny Goat, the Almost as Famous as Vincent, Spokes Goat will be there to meet you and beg treats and eat the golf course. She says bar-b-que – who needs extras when there are miles of acres of lush green grass…. Nanny has been very sick the last several days. It looks like she’s on the mend and should be able to make the show and April 14th. Keep your paws crossed and keep up the prayers.

Proceeds from the Tournament will be used for Rikki’s Vet Debt to cover Nanny’s recent bills and the routine cost of keeping our 1,207 critters healthy. Please join us for this important event.

Boss Hogette & Howiette of the Washington Redskin Hogettes will be on hand to play, eat, have fun and campaign for the animals. Meet Michael M. Torbert, Boss Hogette, and Howard Churchill, Howiette. And see the fund raising items they’ve donated.

Fun without Food. at the door gets you in to visit Vincent, Duke, Nanny and many of the Rikki’s Refuge Human Board Members. We’ll have a Mini Gift Shoppe set up with Rikki’s Wear, crafts and more. Special items have been donated for Raffles, Door Prizes Galore, Silent Auction, Goodie Bags (while supplies last). We’ll have 50/50s and lots of Gift Certificates and Prizes for special events throughout the day. Admittance opens to non-players at 9 am.

Raffles, Door Prizes Galore, Silent Auction – this is just the beginning, donations for this are still coming in, as of now we have the following ready for you.

Gift Certificate from Sittin Pretty Pet Salon
Pottery Creation from Chris Rodriguez
Pottery Creation from Deb Barrett
Gift Basket from Pots & Palettes
Booth Feed Gift Certificate
Liberty Lanes Bowling – Free Game Certificates
Free canoe rental with shuttle from Virginia Outdoor Center
Autographed Washington Redskins Hogettes Poster
Washington Redskins Hogette Bobble Head
Large Gift Basket of Ladies Bath Items
Hand Made Breast Cancer Throw
Free Spaghetti Dinners from the General Store Restaurant in Fredericksburg
Set of Four Porcelain Cat Coffee Mugs
16X20 Photograph of Tiger Woods
Handmade Afghans
Handmade Paw Print Lap Blanket
Chic-Fil-a Gift Certificates
Free Pet Photo Session (w/ a free 8×10 photo) from Magpie Studios owner and premier animal photographer, Kerri Williams (you seen her work in Rikki’s reflections)
Family Membership Package (value over 0.00) from Top Golf Washington
Gift Basket from Olde Towne Pet Resort (value over 0) 5 days Doggie Day Camp and more
Anita’s Mexican Restaurant, Stafford, Gift Certificates
Giant .00 Gift Certificate
Safeway .00 Gift Certificate
Gift Certificates from Wegman’s, Wal-Mart, Target, Subway Sandwich Shop, King Street Blues and more

Ticket to Eat. with reservation in advance gets you a seat at the all you can eat Bar-b-que (vegetarian available, let me know your preference when you reserve). Food service starts about noon and your Ticket to Eat gets you admittance to all the other events (except golf).

Ready to Play in the First Annual Rikki’s Classic Golf Tournament !!! As an individual you can sign up for the game including golf w/cart , range balls, a goody bag, Bar-B-Q and all the fun of the day. Prizes for the Longest Drive – men’s, women’s and seniors — and more. Be a Champion at the First Annual Rikki’s Classic Golf Tournament. Only 5 per player.

Sign Up a Foursome and Get a Discount. All of the above for you and three of your best friends for only 5.

Foursome Raffle – Buys You a Chance to attend the event with three of your best golf buddies. The drawing will be at noon on Thursday, April 10. Buy your tickets now via, by stopping by the refuge, or contacting your favorite volunteer who is working on a golf tournament. If using the mail, Rikki’s Refuge, PO Box 1357, Orange VA 22960, we must receive it no later than April 9. That’s a 5 value plus a full day of fun for only .

Contact Rikki’s Refuge, 540.854.0870 x2,, PO Box 1357 Orange Va 22960
or tournament chairman, Tom Sabol –, 540.850.2268 to sign up, ask questions or get more information.

Socially Conscious Xerox is a major sponsor of Rikki’s Golf Tournament – please remember to leave the reproducing to Xerox – neuter and spay your pet today !!

The Rebellion is About to be Crushed

The Rebellion is About to be Crushed
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Image by Viewminder
There were hundreds of demonstrators occupying the corner of LaSalle and Jackson tonight on the sidewalk at the Bank of America Building.

Tension saturated the protest.

The City of Chicago’s had enough.

The police were walking amongst the crowd.

The demonstrators were told to move their things…

the food cart…

signs on the sidewalk…

the drums.

It was like a little game.

The cops would tell them to move it…

or keep moving themselves…

and people would move the stuff around the corner.

Then the police would tell them to move it from there.

The officers were stern about anyone crossing the curb into the street.

I got one of the cops alone and I told him…

‘I smell a crackdown.’

He looked me in the eyes and he only nodded his head up and down a few times.

Though the protestors chant ‘whose streets’ and reply ‘our streets’…

the message is being conveyed quietly but effectively.

These streets belong to the City of Chicago.

And the City is about to take them back.

Two things were the physical center of the occupiers…

the food cart where people could grab something to eat or drink… a bottle of water or a cup of coffee…

and the drums.

The drums used to sound loudly day and night.

They gave the whole movement a real pulse.

First the police apparently arrested a couple of people for playing them…

then they said that they couldn’t be left on the sidewalk.

In their absence there is a nervous silence.

Whoever determined that the drums should be taken out was genius.

I never gave so much thought to something like the sound of a drum.

But observing the situation tonight I realized that they gave the people a certain power.

That power is largely gone this evening.

And the warmth, sustinence and comraderie of the food cart has been taken away too.

A casual observer might not even notice the crackdown.

It’s subtle and well thought out.

A longtime observer of the movement would see the impact immediately.

A sense of doom settled over the group even though the chanting and sign waving continued.

The drums were gone.

Here and there as people gathered in clusters and conversations spilled out onto the sidewalk I couldn’t help but notice…

this is a time of crisis for The Occupation.

Though perhaps there was a certain wisdom in a ‘leaderless’ movement…

now there is no direction to turn to respond quickly and strategically in a strong and unified manner.

The movement began as a proactive and spontaneous demonstration of the grievances and frustration of so many people.

Now without a leader to make quick and strategic decisions it can only respond in a weak and fragmented way to the crackdown by the City.

It has become reactionary.

Here and there people are lobbying others to one course of action or another…

Some say the group needs to resist with greater intensity…

others want an out and out fight.

One demonstrator in an ominous sign had a gas mask strapped to his side at the ready.

Because the movement is openly democratic and all major decisions are voted on publicly at the General Assembly meetings each night at ‘The Horse’ in the park…

the group is largely incapable of surprise.

The days of the occupation are numbered.

And I believe in the end they could be counted on one’s fingers.

The police have had more than thirty days to plan a strategy to rout the occupiers.

And when the police make their move the occupiers will be crushed with overwhelming force.

They will split up and they will be defeated in a matter of minutes.

A battle is not a time for democratic manuevering.

To win a battle a group must be cohesive, united and of one mind.

A victorious army is a product of many becoming one.

Without a strong and capable leader this will never happen.

Those with a propensity for violence and mayhem will sieze the opportunity in the chaos and lash out in the moments before defeat is total and their actions will become the legacy of the group.

What an amazing thing to observe on the ground in the middle of it all.

I see it in the eyes and on the faces of the people who come to have their voices heard.

I see no imminent victory.

Really I’m surprised the city has demonstrated so much patience.

I suppose everyone thought that the weather would be the thing that ended it all.

I’m sure the officials who are gonna have to give the orders hoped the same.

The higher ups are watching.

With the G8 and the Nato Summits coming up in May of 2012 there is a feeling that the City isn’t handling this too well and that there’s gonna be a prevalence of disorder and chaos then.

Get ready for the ‘dry run.’

The end will come swiftly.

The protestors will be arrested and dispersed with precision.


some windows will get broken.

Things will be thrown.

Yahoo’s will lash out and do stupid shit.

But it’s gonna all be over in a couple of minutes.


it’s time to make a move.

And it’s gotta be a good one.

How can you avoid a crushing defeat?

Regain your proactivity and get ahead of this.

It’s coming whether you’re ready or not.

There will be no decisive victory.

How can you transition from this phase into the next?

It’s not gonna happen by accident.

It’s time to think.

It’s time to act.

The noose is tightening and you’re being surrounded.

Look at the thuggish behavior of the Illinois State Police last night at the Thompson Center.

Nothing will be accomplished by holding your ground in front of an army that is overwhelming in physical strength and numbers and would perhaps even relish the opportunity to ‘tune you up’ en masse.

In the face of all this… in the immediate moment… without a dramatic and super-numeric show of support in the form of thousands of reinforcements your epitaph has already been written.

If tommorow more than three thousand show up and link arms and hearts and souls with the movement then everything I’ve said is off the table… at least for some time.

Sources within the police department say that they could not handle two thousand mass arrests.

Unless there are that many ready to call their bluff it’s time to go to ‘Plan B.’

Since there is no ‘Plan B’ someone’s gotta do some quick thinkin’.

If the authorities were smart they’d give the group some victory in exchange for giving up the occupation at the present site.

But no one’s ever accused the authorities of being smart.

A bully will always respond to any threat to his dominance in a bullyish manner.

Occupiers… prepare to get your asses kicked.


tone it down…

back off a little…


move into the ‘second phase.’

I have no idea what the ‘second phase’ is but it sounds logical.

I mean…

I’m all for standing up for what’s right.

Given the right circumstances I could be convinced to dig in and resist until the end.

But wouldn’t it be better to live to ‘fight’ another day?

Gahd I hope I’m completely wrong and I’ve totally underestimated the courage, the fortitude, the ingenuity and the determination of the group.

Now is the time for deep thought.

If a battle can be won…

I say win it.

If a battle is certain to be disasterous…

I say avoid it.

While the group remains in its present form and sufficient strength…

what should be considered is what the legacy of these five weeks will be.

What victories have been won?

First the dissatisfaction of a large number of people has been demonstrated… and their desire for change has been heard far and wide.

Everyone can see around the world that significant numbers of us are not happy with the way that things are going.


that the same people are willing to get off of their couches… move away from their televisions and take action to make our world better, more just and level the economic ‘playing field.’


and it’s my opinion that the greatest of victories that this movement has succeeded at is driving the discussion of a nation for almost two months.

I think the most amazing thing has been the sheer numbers of people who came to the occupation site and talked to each other about what the world should look like in the future.

This in itself is probably the greatest victory of all.

It means so much.

The way I see it there are two paths at this point…

imminent annihilation of the movement in a crushing defeat by the authorities…

or a strategic and proactive restructuring of the group and it’s mission.

Personally… I dig the second path.

I’m not in the mood to be spittin’ up all the mucus in my lungs after suckin’ down a few too many breaths of tear gas while a Chicago cop tunes me up with the business end of his billyclub while he’s all dressed up like a hockey golie.

That shit would give me bad dreams for a while.

Lets keep our core strong… our base vast… our support intact and our occupiers free and healthy and regroup for the winter.

The orginaization can be structured into more local cells under the umbrella of a central organization…

meetings can take place… more supporters recruited… a greater organization achieved over the coming months…

and in the spring or even here and there in the meantime the movement can be called on to pop up with little notice and demonstrate effectively for what it believes to be critical to our future as a group and a people.

It’s time to go ‘guerilla.’

What began as a peaceful and non-violent movement should grow into a transition as a peaceful and nonviolent movement.

Let us remain true to our principles.

We have shown great commitment, restraint, cohesiveness and respect for the laws and customs of our society even as we criticized it and made clear our desire for great change.

We can make something of that.

Something great.

If without thinking we walk into a battle that cannot be won we will have squandered the support of so many, the victories achieved and the hard work and sacrifice of thousands who believe that the future needs to be rethought and our world changed for the betterment of all.

Or at least the 99%.

Let’s not let our friends be brutalized on the street and have our brothers and sisters choking on the tear gas… our signs and banners trampled by the riot police on horseback… and our whole movement summed up by that one video of a guy wearing a bandanna over his face as the tear gas flies and he throws a rock at the police.

We’ve worked too hard and come too far for that.

We’re better and we’re smarter and we’re more grown up.

We have made our voices heard over the last five weeks.

Let’s move into the future where we can achieve something lasting and powerful.

Let our legacy reflect the justice and equality and the better society that we seek and the intelligence and comraderie which with we sought it.

Together and strong we can change the world with our motivation, determination, intelligence and patience.

Fragmented and crushed the last we will be seen or heard from is on the news on the day of our demise.

This is the moment that will determine the future of our movement.

We need to be wise… stay strong… remain united and make the most of this moment.

We stand for something great.

We need to move forward with honor and strength and continue to challenge the status quo.

The moment is here.

Right Here Right Now

White House Vegetable Garden

White House Vegetable Garden
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Image by dbking
March 20, 2009…

Obamas to Plant Vegetable Garden at White House …By MARIAN BURROS…

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama will begin digging up a patch of the South Lawn on Friday to plant a vegetable garden, the first at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden in World War II. There will be no beets — the president does not like them — but arugula will make the cut.

While the organic garden will provide food for the first family’s meals and formal dinners, its most important role, Mrs. Obama said, will be to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruit and vegetables at a time when obesity and diabetes have become a national concern.

“My hope,” the first lady said in an interview in her East Wing office, “is that through children, they will begin to educate their families and that will, in turn, begin to educate our communities.”

Twenty-three fifth graders from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington will help her dig up the soil for the 1,100-square-foot plot, in a spot visible to passers-by on E Street. (It is just below the Obama girls’ swing set.)

Students from the school, which has had a garden since 2001, will also help plant, harvest and cook the vegetables, berries and herbs. Virtually the entire Obama family, including the president, will pull weeds, “whether they like it or not,” Mrs. Obama said with a laugh. “Now Grandma, my mom, I don’t know.” Her mother, she said, will probably sit back and say: “Isn’t that lovely. You missed a spot.”

Whether there would be a White House garden had become more than a matter of landscaping. The question had taken on political and environmental symbolism, with the Obamas lobbied for months by advocates who believe that growing more food locally, and organically, can lead to more healthful eating and reduce reliance on huge industrial farms that use more oil for transportation and chemicals for fertilizer.

Then, too, promoting healthful eating has become an important part of Mrs. Obama’s own agenda.

The first lady, who said that she had never had a vegetable garden, recalled that the idea for this one came from her experiences as a working mother trying to feed her daughters, Malia and Sasha, a good diet. Eating out three times a week, ordering a pizza, having a sandwich for dinner all took their toll in added weight on the girls, whose pediatrician told Mrs. Obama that she needed to be thinking about nutrition.

“He raised a flag for us,” she said, and within months the girls had lost weight.

Dan Barber, an owner of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, an organic restaurant in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., that grows many of its own ingredients, said: “The power of Michelle Obama and the garden can create a very powerful message about eating healthy and more delicious food. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say it could translate into real change.”

While the Clintons grew some vegetables in pots on the White House roof, the Obamas’ garden will far transcend that, with 55 varieties of vegetables — from a wish list of the kitchen staff — grown from organic seedlings started at the Executive Mansion’s greenhouses.

The Obamas will feed their love of Mexican food with cilantro, tomatillos and hot peppers. Lettuces will include red romaine, green oak leaf, butterhead, red leaf and galactic. There will be spinach, chard, collards and black kale. For desserts, there will be a patch of berries. And herbs will include some more unusual varieties, like anise hyssop and Thai basil. A White House carpenter, Charlie Brandts, who is a beekeeper, will tend two hives for honey.

The total cost of seeds, mulch and so forth is 0, said Sam Kass, an assistant White House chef, who prepared healthful meals for the Obama family in Chicago and is an advocate of local food. Mr. Kass will oversee the garden.

The plots will be in raised beds fertilized with White House compost, crab meal from the Chesapeake Bay, lime and green sand. Ladybugs and praying mantises will help control harmful bugs.

Cristeta Comerford, the White House’s executive chef, said she was eager to plan menus around the garden, and Bill Yosses, the pastry chef, said he was looking forward to berry season.

The White House grounds crew and the kitchen staff will do most of the work, but other White House staff members have volunteered.

So have the fifth graders from Bancroft. “There’s nothing really cooler,” Mrs. Obama said, “than coming to the White House and harvesting some of the vegetables and being in the kitchen with Cris and Sam and Bill, and cutting and cooking and actually experiencing the joys of your work.”

For children, she said, food is all about taste, and fresh and local food tastes better.

“A real delicious heirloom tomato is one of the sweetest things that you’ll ever eat,” she said. “And my children know the difference, and that’s how I’ve been able to get them to try different things.

“I wanted to be able to bring what I learned to a broader base of people. And what better way to do it than to plant a vegetable garden in the South Lawn of the White House?”

For urban dwellers who have no backyards, the country’s one million community gardens can also play an important role, Mrs. Obama said.

But the first lady emphasized that she did not want people to feel guilty if they did not have the time for a garden: there are still many changes they can make.

“You can begin in your own cupboard,” she said, “by eliminating processed food, trying to cook a meal a little more often, trying to incorporate more fruits and vegetables.”

Source: The New York Times