Around 3 to 4 times a year, contributors to the Eat This network meet each other, both digitally and physically. Eat This contributors support the activities and events of the platform financially (annual contribution), but more importantly by sharing knowledge, experiences and bringing forward input and new ideas that are in line with the platform’s vision: let growers and agricultural specialists team up with designers, economists, politicians, and creative thinkers to come up with new ideas for the future of food.
An Unconference is a participant-driven meeting (which this time took place online), without predefined topics. The goal is to connect, inspire and create ideas.
To kick off 2021, the first ever Eat This Unconference was organized on January 19. During the Eat This Unconference, Erin Fitzgerald, COO of USFRA was a keynote speaker, touching upon the topic: when you’re not at the table, you’re lunch, emphasizing that horticulture, like agriculture, should take a leading role in showing the world what sustainable solutions can be provided to solve the problems in the food systems we’re currently dealing with.
In addition, 6 different ‘pitchers’ presented their ideas which were discussed with contributors in break out rooms. These hosts were; Jasper Claus (owner of 1Camera), Alejandro Saenz (Saenz Fety), Ronald Hoek (Blue Radix), Jim Koop (World Horti Center) and Ed Smit (NethWork).
The breakout sessions led to valuable input and based on a participant survey, it is decided that in the coming months focus will lie on realization of of the production unit in Bogota and the presence of Eat This during the World Food Systems Summit in New York in September 2021.
The first Eat This Unconference was a success in being a tool that can connect contributors and develop (new) ideas. A follow up edition for contributors is being planned for April – May 2021.