Semi Finalist 22: The Social Good Vending Machine
Summary of the idea:
Vending machines for various kinds of products are becoming increasingly popular and effective as a selling strategy. The idea is to create a network of production and distribution dedicated for and serviced by the social economy sector. Monar, a Polish NGO helping individuals with a history of substance abuse and other groups threatened with social exclusion, has at its disposal a network of centers located all over Poland, often close to big cities, thanks to which production and distribution channels can be organized. The vending machines will be supplemented by an Internet store where the same highquality natural products are sold online. The products would come from a sober living farm situated in the underdeveloped, east side of Poland. Cultivation methods would be ecological providing highquality, natural and food products such as healthy snacks, meals to consume “on the go”, honey and traditional Polish food products. Both distribution and production will be handled by people suffering extreme exclusion from the society.