In diesem Experiment testen wir das kollaborative Format des AKTION Protokolls für die Arbeit an einem Strategiepapier für ein faires und nachhaltiges Ernährungssystem für die Stadt Berlin. Mit unserem Blick auf die ‘Regenerative Stadt’ wollen wir den Prozess der Strategieentwicklung voranbringen, an dem der Ernährungsrat Berlin aktuell arbeitet.
Dabei kann die internationale OSCE- und DIF Community in Echtzeit sehen, wie sich der Porzess hier entwickelt. Aus unseren Erfahrungen soll dann ein allgemeinener [Handlungsleitfaden (ACTION Protocol) für das Schreiben eines Ernährungs-Strategiepapieres] ([ACTION in Development] - Write A Circular City Food Policy Paper) enstehen. Dafür werden alle unsere Schritte werden offen dokumentiert, damit wir und andere daraus lernen können. Wir schaffen damit einen Pfad, dem andere folgen können.
The purpose of this ACTION is to develop an ACTION Protocol on writing a food policy paper for a circular city. We experiment on this by writing an Open Source documentation of the current practical example from Berlin (see below). This way we can see what steps we actually take and adapt the draft ACTION Protocol while the process happens. That way we can create useful ressources while allowing the community to see the Berlin writing process unfold in real time and creating a path that others can follow. When the Berlin paper writing process is done we plan to condense the experience into a general ACTION Protocol for food policy papers for everyone everywhere on the globe to use for writing a food policy paper for their place.
Initiative by Maike @transitionmaike
#Food Policy Paper For Berlin
– OPEN DEVELOPMENT CURRENTLY HAPPENING, PLEASE JOIN! –
- Draft a policy paper for feeding the city sustainably that involves as many input perspectives as possible (see comment below).
- Draft definitions for terms like ‘urban agriculture’ and ‘edible city’ for your local conditions.
- Get a broad range of stakeholders to comment and work on the draft paper to extend it and add their perspectives.
- Get as many interested parties as possibe to agree on and sign the final version
- Devise a realistic and visionary longterm strategy for making the food system of your place circular.
- Involve and connect local stakeholders in a network you can later use to plan the realization of the strategy and make it happen.
- A presentable food policy paper for the city of Berlin by the 25.11.2016.
###Introduction & Background:
A food policy paper is one way of creating a vision that will inspire and draw people together to make it happen. It is useful to promote the circular food system concept while mapping a realistic path to actually get there.
WHY I do this now: There is a draft paper for the ‘Edible District Pankow’ which I find rather disappointing and want to extend (see in comments below). We also have a new network, the Ernährungsrat, who want to write food policy papers for different cities in Germany. Anders Ettinger and I have been into food politics and sustainable food systems for years. I have a big network of potential stakeholders, so the potential for making this paper a driver for real change is there.
###What We Need – Resources
- acess to computer, internet, phone and other communication tools
- meeting spaces (preferably free)
- contacts to stakeholders (preferably personal)
- people with research skills
- people with good communication skills
- people with good writing skills
- people with moderating skills
- people with expertise in the field
- time and patience
- modesty in face of the challenge
PHASE 1: Preparation
####STEP 1 – get started
In the start phase you need to follow two paths in parallel:
A) Create a core team
Think of people you want to involve in researching for and writing the first draft. They should have at least one of the ressources listed above.
Example: These are the we asked to join the policy paper draft team
- Anders (food researcher): research skills, expertise
- Katja (Ernährungsrat, foodsharing): expertise, contacts
- Anja (Stadt macht satt): expertise, contacts
- Karen (Baumhaus): expertise, contacts, communication skills, event space
- Maike (Transition Town Pankow): communication skills and ressources, meeting space, research and writing skills, contacts
- Clemens (volunteer working with Maike): research skills
B) Research the field
####STEP 2 – Research the field
####STEP 3 – Set up a working team collaboration
meeting of the organising group: not before the 20.10.
####STEP 4 – Define target participants
with your working group: draft a list of stakeholders: people and organisations who have
something to say or should be involved in the writing process.
Update: Started that (see list in comment below)
####STEP 5 – Describe your food policy paper ACTION
with your working group: write and publish or print a short text to explain what you want to do and why. This will allow you to show this text to the people you want to involve so they can make up their mind if they want to join your ACTION.
Update: started to work with Anders and Katja on the draft (by email)
(INVOLVE STAKEHOLDERS IN ACTION DEVELOPMENT:)
####STEP 6 – Test 1 of your food policy paper ACTION
contact the people you know already and get them interested (Activate participants/ expand participant base from your list, ask for feedback, involve them). Get them to comment on your text, ask questions about your paper. Ask for further suggestions on who to involve in the process.
####STEP 7 – Iteration 1 of your food policy paper ACTION
with your working group: integrate the feedback from those talks in refining your text.
####STEP 8 – Test 2 of your food policy paper ACTION
Activate participants from your list: contact the people you don’t know yet and get them interested. Get them to comment on your text, ask questions about your paper ACTION.
####STEP 9 – Iteration 2 of your food policy paper ACTION
integrate the feedback from those talks in refining your text. You should now have a text that explains well what this ACTION is about, who will be involved and how you want to proceed
(START POLICY PAPER DEVELOPMENT:)
####STEP 10 – Draft policy paper
In your working team: draft a proposal for the policy paper.
####STEP 10 – Draft Iteration 1
Send it to a few people who know most about the subject and are interested and trustworthy. Ask them for suggestions, comments and corrections. Integrate those into your draft.
####STEP 11 – Team building phase 2
Organise a meeting with those who showed most interest in writing a first draft of the policy paper, Discuss and amend the propositional text.
####STEP 12 – Consultation process phase 1
Try to get stakeholders together in person to discuss the policy paper proposal. Try to mix groups to get different opinions together in one room. Try to match groups to make for productive meetings (e.g. mixed expert group, mixed practioners group): people should have similar levels of expertise. Try to mix groups from very different fields and levels of expertise to challenge the experts to explain their standpoint to lay people.
DOCUMENT! the discussions and all changes to the proposal on the OSCE platform.
####STEP 13 – Draft Iteration 2
In your working group: Integrate all suggestions, comments and corrections. Highlight points of debate and differing opinions. Send this document to all the participants and allow time for them to correct or clarify the positions they brought into the draft.
####STEP 13 – Consultation process phase 2
Organise face-to-face event to discuss the points that are controversial. Do only short talk explaing the process and the points of discussion, then choose a format that allows a maximum of interaction between participants in an outcome-oriented way (e.g. world café). DOCUMENT! this event on the OSCE platform.
####STEP 14 – Finalise the policy paper
Do a final rewrite of the policy paper. Organise a final meeting/ voting process to achieve
maximum support for the final paper amongst the participants of your consulation process. In case of remaining differences: use the sociocraty method (vote options are: yes, indifferent, no (but I can live with it staying that way) and veto (if this stay in this way I’m out) to take decisions on phrasing and content. If vetoes remain: discuss in your working group if these points are worth loosing the support of that specific participant. This might have to take place in a second event in the format of a plenum discussion, use methods such as fishbowl to allow people a say without dragging out the debate.
Suggestions for follow-up ACTION - make suggestions of policy papers become reality
####STEP 1 – Publication of the policy paper
Write a press statement, publish your policy paper online and in print. Organise a public event to present the policy paper to journalists, politicians and local government representatives.
####STEP 2 – Generate public support
Create attention and pressure on decision makers to make the whole writing process worthwhile. Publicise the final paper and the network you created in the writing process. Use social media to make the link to your site go viral. Get prominent people to support your policy paper publicly. Use a petition platform to collect signatures from individuals in support of your policy paper.
####STEP 3 – Start working with your network
As each participant in the consultation process was asked to write into it what they actually want to do and what they need to get going, you now have a collection of ideas for projects that can become reality on the way to achieving your goal: the circular food system for your city. Create ACTION protocols for different paths you want to take and start working with all the ressources you’ve created and gathered, including the stakeholders you’ve activated. Let the change begin!
Uploaded the draft concept for the ‘Edible District Pankow’ (see comment below)
Contributers are documented below.