MG Road, Bengaluru
A focus group of incredibly diverse set of professionals, entrepreneurs & social change enthusiast from across the food system gathered to network, brainstorm, collaborate & co-create around the very famous food system vision challenge. Some of these participants had already hosted events & had taken up initiative to start off the project and were here to collaborate and exchange information, insights & knowledge that they had gathered while running these initiatives.
The Food System Vision Prize is an invitation for organizations across the globe to develop a Vision of the regenerative and nourishing food system that they aspire to create by the year 2050.
The Rockefeller Foundation has partnered with SecondMuse and OpenIDEO to amplify the discourse on the state and the future of the world’s many food systems. And to empower communities globally to develop actionable solutions and become protagonists in their own food future. Creating a compelling and progressive Vision for the future of our food system requires a culture of collaboration that rallies industry, policy, academia, and society to act as one. When we come together, we can deliver sustainable, nourishing diets for people and the planet by 2050.
OpenIDEO Bengaluru Chapter identified and invited various personas in the food system to come and share their experiences with the applicants and with each other to equip the applicants and fuel co-creation among the Food System.
1. Mitali Poovayya - Co-Founder, INSECTIFii, a food system entrepreneur.
2. Anusha Murthy - Co-Founder, Edible Issues, a food system entrepreneur.
3. Manasi Parvatikar - Engagement Manager, Sattva, a food system consultant.
4. Abhishek - Volunteer & Social Worker, Robinhood Army, a food donation volunteer.
5. Chandrakumar N - Karnataka State department of Agriculture, a policy designer.
6. Ravi Andrews - VP, Studio J, an innovator & mentor.
Each speaker & persona discussed their projects and engagements in the Food System bringing in insights from their area of expertise and their experiences from their previous projects and events to be discussed and shared with other stakeholders to explore potential collaboration avenues and uncover synergies with their vision & mission.
The challenges seem ominous: a global population approaching 10 billion, greenhouse gasses changing our climate, pollution poisoning our soil, air, and water. Yet, there are opportunities to address them if we act together to transform our food system.
A positive, inspirational vision, in which we see the possible in our mind’s eye, is the necessary, creative opening to any act of innovation or development we make in the real world. It has the potential to ignite a movement. And it inspires diverse stakeholders to rally and unite behind it.
The presentations brought up many topics and interesting insights for the participants, personas and members who were working on their submissions, to discuss and and spawned an ambiance for the community members to explore potential collaborations, look out for mentors for certain topics & area of expertise & information exchange.
In May 2020, up to 10 Finalists will progress to the Accelerator. The virtual Accelerator focuses on supporting Vision teams to continue on their path toward implementation and impact. The Accelerator will include mentorship, cohort-based learning, and one in-person workshop with advisors. During this phase, Visionaries will make further refinements to their Vision.
As the session closed, hydroponic system, food waste management chain, organic farming, government policies and accreditation, behavioral changes in the food system habits were a few of multiple ideas and collaborative projects & initiatives being discussed among the community members.
Top Visionaries of the FSVP will be announced on 13 September 2020 after confirmation of eligibility and adherence to the Prize Terms and Conditions. Prize funding will be released to teams that meet all requirements set out in the Prize Terms and Conditions, including the execution of any Affidavit requested by The Rockefeller Foundation.
Shwetabh S Verma
Chapter Leader & Community Designer
OpenIDEO Bengaluru Chapter