Semantic web, distributed energy, Growing Birmingham . . .
We’ve completed the first, divergent phase of the scenarios we’ve generating about food futures for Birmingham 2050; i.e. what we’ll be eating in here in forty-odd years’ time.
As part of the next convergent phase, we’re running three more Forum events in the next couple of months:
- 11th June in collaboration with the EU Smart-AgriFood project: The semantic web: How it might radically change the food supply chain.
- May-June (date tbd) with the generous support Cofely GDF Suez and the law firm Freeth Cartwright: The impact of distributed energy generation (i.e. the potential impact EBRI technologies)
- 23rd May: We’re also leading a seminar hosted by the Warwick Crop Centre with plant scientists and social scientists on feeding large conurbations/megacities.
- “Growing Birmingham” took a big step forward this week. Medic, allotment holder, foodie Professor Jim Parle and I met with Darren Share, the Parks boss in the city. Darren, representing the biggest landowner in the city and a wealth of horticultural wisdom, as keen as anyone to do his bit to support local food growing, which is brilliant news.
- There’s work-in-progress to host a large scale national event, funding permitting, in early 2013 in the city. Working title: Feeding Birmingham: The challenge facing megacities. We’re planning on involving as many youngsters in the city as we can through the talent and energy within the Birmingham Leadership Foundation.