So the chocolate chip cookies were meant to lure you in, which worked right? I wasn’t lying though, I am going to share the recipe for the best paleo chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted, but this post is about a little something more than that..
Something you guys don’t know about me is that I’m extremely passionate about social entrepreneurship (the use of innovation and creative thinking to solve social problems), especially when it involves bettering public spaces and fostering community solidarity. I have a vision of a world in which all public spaces are inviting, safe, and enable communities to create shared value. I believe that “tactical urbanism” holds the key to achieving this sort of world. So what is “tactical urbanism” you ask? It’s a New Urbanism design concept based on small-scale improvements in an effort to effect large-scale, long-term change. Think pop up shops, guerrilla gardening, chair bombing, public art installations, essentially any act of DIY Urbanism.
I just love when I happen across some sort of intriguing, playful or subversive installation in a public space, like a PARK(ing) day or a little free library. It makes life so much more exciting! It gets you to interact with people you don’t know! I just love it, I could go on and on.
So anyways, I’ve orchestrated a Build a Better Block project in Atlanta, and I want to continue planning and enacting these sorts of small scale but influential projects. This summer, I have an incredible opportunity to participate in this really cool initiative called the Millennial Trains Project, where I go on a 10 day transcontinental train ride with other young innovators/entrepreneurs/creatives, during which we participate in seminars and workshops as well as work on our own individual projects at each city we stop in. My project is called Tactical Urbanism Interventions, and you can watch this video to get a better idea of what it’s about.
The catch is that this is a crowd-funded initiative, so I need to raise quite a big chunk of change in the next 26 days (otherwise I can’t go). So this is where I need YOUR help! Help me do what I love and make a difference at the same time!
If you feel so inclined to back me and my project, you can pledge here: http://crowdhitch.millennialtrain.co/campaign/detail/3009
LITERALLY EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS SO IF THAT’S ALL YOU CAN PLEDGE, THAT STILL MEANS THE WORLD TO ME! And if you can’t donate, please share the link to my campaign page with your friends and family!
Okay so I’ve held the cookie recipe captive long enough. If you read all of that, thank you, you’re a rockstar. This actually isn’t my recipe, but I’ve made it several times in the past few weeks, and they are incredible. Hands down, the best (and easiest) paleo chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted. I have shared these with countless non-Paleo friends and they have all been awestruck at how delicious they are, and even more surprised to find out that they are paleo!
We all have Joshua over at Slim Palate to thank for bringing these into the world. Get the recipe here. Mine have yet to spread as much as Joshua’s, but they are freakin’ delicious nonetheless! Enjoy! And thank you in advance to any of you who choose to back my Millennial Trains Project!