Innovation is in the air. From Santa Barbara County's release of their Food Action Plan, to a new tool for climate change adaptation, we think that you will be as inspired as we are about these impactful examples of collaborative action. Lastly, we applaud the Romingers for being recognized for their decades of service to community and agriculture both locally and on the national scale.
Much like our favorite season, this springtime edition of the Newswire is bursting with new ideas and energy. First up is a chance to join us in welcoming David Stroh, author of "Systems Thinking for Social Change", in an evening of learning and networking on May 2. Next, we bring you inside the 2nd Sonoma County Food Forum and explore how the food movement is maturing and growing. Finally we explore how we are using Theory U, a potent model for working with groups dealing with challenging issues, to help navigate California’s efforts to better manage groundwater.
The new year has given us the opportunity to reflect on how we can better share the most impactful and thoughtprovoking stories and issues with our expanding community. Each quarter we will take a deep dive into our three primary focus areas - Working Lands, Local Food, and Our Approach. President Joseph McIntyre introduces us to the first of two posts on how we work with the persistent stories that often shape the contours of the projects we facilitate. We then reflect on why collaboration is the single-most important ingredient in growing the local food system. Finally, we provide an update on the final rules of FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act and call upon small farmers to work together to create a culture of food safety in local food systems.
Our December Newswire features articles from three areas - Working Lands, Local Food, and Our Approach. From our September CRAE Summit, four key recommendations emerged on what is needed to preserve and enhance working lands in California; Senior Facilitator Genevieve Taylor shares about her ongoing work with the North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative and an emerging collaboration with Ag Innovations; and the final installment in our food hub feasibility series details the tremendous impact of value chain coordinators.
In this issue, we feature highlights from our September CRAE Summit where key leaders from across the state came together to co-create a stronger future for our working lands. The second installment of our 3-part food hubs series dives deeper into the art of achieving synchronicity among stakeholders to drive meaningful change. And one of our esteemed facilitators explores visionary collaboration – how today’s leaders can collaboratively achieve common goals in an era of worthy challenges.
Food hubs show much promise in advancing food systems change: follow our 3-part series on how food hubs can advance meaningful change. The August convening of the Sierra Water Workgroup resulted in several strategies to better secure the longterm health of the state's headwaters. Also, Ag Innovations is enhancing its impact with the recruitment of three new board members with deep expertise in climate science, water systems, and natural resource management.
In this issue, we take a look at the events leading up to California's historic groundwater legislation (Sustainable Groundwater Management Act) and touch on the key ingredient to success (hint: it has something to do with facilitation). We also look at some new policies that are streamlining the regulatory process for environmentally beneficial projects. And one of our esteemed facilitators shares five tips for executing a successful kick-off meeting for a new collaborative planning group.
In this issue, we take a look at the California Water Action Plan as the first succinct, centralized, and actionable water mandate in California’s history. We also review five key strategies that the California Roundtable on Agriculture and the Environment employs for successful collaboration and problem solving. And, finally, we are proud to announce that Lucy Norris, a nationally recognized food systems leader, has joined Ag Innovations as Regional Food Systems Program Director. More updates from our Impact Area blogs and Approach blog can be found on our website.
Our May Newswire, following on the heels of our website redesign launch, debuts a new format. In this issues, we highlight three articles from our new blogs, featuring content in our three impact area -- Local Food, Water, and Working Lands -- as well as a fourth blog on Our Approach. The news posts in May's Newswire include: "Applying the Connectivity Approach: Kings Basin," "Ag Innovations Adds Stellar Expertise to our Facilitation Team," and "Welcome to our New Look!"
Our April 2015 Newswire highlights drought solutions from our project, the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply (CRWFS). Like all of our projects, CRWFS is composed of a balanced membership who agree to work towards solutions that serve all of California’s public interests. Their latest work focuses on how we can utilize a watershed approach to groundwater management to create long-term solutions for our state’s drought.