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Food System Innovation Studio Part 1

March 19 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

The Food for Thought Innovation Studios – A 2 day journey – we encourage participants to come along for both days, will explore 3 inspiring and actionable case studies, and include a deep dive into the Great Southern’s food ecosystem.

Bookings: We strongly suggest booking for both studios but understand that it will not be viable option for everyone.

The Innovation Studios.
Why are these happening in 2020?
For those who want to be part of the change.

Over the last 5 years of the Food for Thought Festivals many smart and motivated people have shared their ideas and passions over forums, workshops, long table dinners, field days, community events and last year’s Dialogue Studios.

With the focus for 2020 being “Courageous Leadership Enabling System Change” we’re responding to a shared desire. The desire to turn ideas into actions.

It’s time to come together to create the change – and these two related Innovation Studios are where this will happen at this year’s Festival.

What can we expect in these Innovation Studios?
We will reflect on what we’ve already done and know about the food system in the Great Southern – just enough to bring everyone to a good level of awareness to join in.

We will share initiatives that are working well for people here and elsewhere:

Innovation Studio Part 1 – Case Study 1 (USA) Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and Farm to Plate Network – Jake Claro. Established in 2009 – these partners are working to create quality jobs, open additional markets for locally produced food, improve economic development in the farm and food sector, and improve access to healthy food for all Vermonters. The Vermont Farm to Plate Plan is widely regarded as the most comprehensive food system program in the United States, and the only one with full government engagement. It’s completed its first decade, and gearing up for the next with a growing global reputation. The Plan takes a coordinated, long-term and collaborative approach with all parts of the food system, far beyond a simple focus on agricultural output.

Innovation Studio Part 1 – Case Study 2 (Australia) Cardinia Food Circles Project – Dr Nick Rose. Sustain: The Australian Food Network. This ground-breaking, multi-year collective impact food systems project continued to make major advances in 2019 as it concluded the third year of Sustains partnership with Cardinia Shire Council. A key achievement including the Community Food Strategy – one of the first of its kind in Australia, was endorsed by Cardinia Shire Council in December 2018. With an ambitious 8-year action plan encompassing 67 actions across five key strategic areas, and involving commitments from 20 local organisations, the next phase of transforming Cardinia’s food system is well underway.

Innovation Studio Part 2. Case Study 3 – (Netherlands) Commonland For Tomorrow’s Harvest – Dieter van den Broek. For Tomorrow’s Harvest is an Innovation Lab or multi-stakeholder platform. It brings together 95 change agents from across the food system including business, non-profits, farmers, entrepreneurs and government. Through a facilitated leadership journey these change agents are creating a better understanding of the current food system (system blockages, challenges), observing and sensing into the current possibilities and key leverage points and developing strategies including rapid prototypes. The aim of the prototypes is to have a strong systematic change project with key leadership and resources.


With Western Australian case studies to be explored over both days. These case studies will be announced soon.

The speakers are being invited to tell-it-like-it-really-is. So while these initiatives have been proving themselves, they’ve not come without challenges, failures, tensions, changes along the way.

So the opportunity is to reflect, ask and learn from these examples and relate them to our own country here in the Great Southern. Together we will determine leverage points to enable our own actions, and how we might scale these to overcome our current challenges.


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