# INSTITUTIONS See IAD Framework Because they spend or invest many thousands of times more than most of us, institutions like schools, hospitals and foundations have an outsized impact on both the problems we face and potential solutions. An important range of actions involves convincing institutions to shift their practices in ways that support local economies, communities, and the environment. Those efforts can be led by individuals, community groups, or people working within the institutions themselves.

* [x] Encourage foundations to shift their capital.Expand Action

* [x] Introduce seed saving into schools.Expand Action

* [x] Initiate a food recovery program.Expand Action

* [ ] Create a space for community events.Expand Action

* [x] Create a resilience hub.Expand Action

* [ ] Create a campus sustainability map.Expand Action

* [x] Oppose land grabbing.Expand Action

* [x] Start a farm-to-school initiative.Expand Action

* [x] Start a school garden.


Any group that organizes processes.

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There are a few key types of institutions that affect neighborhoods:

Civic-informal and formal which are voluntary and generally without monetary compensation though there are often fees to cover expenses. These include associations, clubs, churches. NGOs are formalized, non-profit, civic organizations.

Public (governmental and quasi governmental, local and remote, democratic vs. representative)

Private (for profit or non-profit, spanning form sole proprietor to publicly traded. May be controlled remotely, global, remote, may be designated as not-for-profit). Private Publicly Traded the ultimate absentee landlord with no personal accountability.

There are every imaginable hybrid. The trick is to be clear who pays the bills, who profits, where does the money come from and end up, who decides, where the profiteers reside, how far into the future will they be responsible for their impacts on others.

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