In small groups, assembly participants conducted a conjunctural analysis of food sovereignty in the Northeast region. This is a new process for me that involves dialogue to identify:
- structure (economic, political, cultural);
- conjuncture (recent shifts in the political and economic character of the region, including points of stability and change regarding power);
- appearance (problems as identified by the mainstream including media) vs. essence (the root causes of the issues);
- actors (e.g., politicians, churches, industries) that are looking to sustain or transform the current food system; and
- correlation of forces (conflict, control, correlation, tension) between actors and what power each has to shape the food system.
I am interested to learn how others have used this process in community or larger-scale food systems work. What resources, processes, models, or maps have you used to engage others in it? What have you learned by doing it?
Food systems work and engagement opportunities coming up:
Food Solutions Forum - November 5
The Food Collaborative - "Head" and "Heart" organizational meetings - November 11 & 20
NH Farm to School Beacon Community Gathering - November 12
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness - November 16-24
NH Food Alliance Network Leadership Team Retreat - December 5-6