Our team culture, project structure and approach for accomplishing this work all revolve around the following guiding principles:
Whole measures are six values or fields of practices that describe a big-picture approach to people, food, and the land of a community-based food system. By using Whole Measures, organizations can look beyond their specific mission and think in terms of a comprehensive vision for a healthy community: access to healthy and affordable food, strong community ties and self determination, thriving local economies, sustainable ecosystems, healthy people, vibrant farms, social justice, fairness, and civic participation.
Collective Impact is an effective model for cross-collaboration to address complex issues and environmental challenges. This model brings diverse groups together in a structured way to achieve social change. Community Food Strategies is an intentionally multi-organizational initiative to reflect this model and the wealth that comes from partnerships.
According to Network Weaver Handbook author June Holley, an intentional network is a network of people and organizations working on the same issue or vision, along with structures designed and created to mobilize the energy of the group. A strong intentional network requires attention in three areas – relationships, support structure, and coordinated action, all of which are critical to effective food councils.
Circle Forward is an inclusive, consent-based governance system that is emerging as a better way to run organizations, manage businesses and build networks for collective impact. Circle Forward compliments other game-shifting systems for creating amazing work cultures.