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Above is the presentation I’m giving this evening.
It is at the Sustainability Forum in the Council House. Just over a year ago, I gave a presentation: What it takes to feed the city, based on the scenarios project. I mooted then the idea of a Food Council.
Birmingham Public Health took up the idea. They asked Roger Harmer to draw up a Food Charter, which he’ll be talking about tonight.
Using Roger’s work as a basis, I’ve been talking to people over the summer about the Food Council governance, structure, terms of reference. This evening’s Sustainability Forum is an opportunity for people to hear about and comment on the work so far.
This is a very, very exciting development for Birmingham. I feel deeply privileged to have been asked to chair it.
Sustainability West Midlands, who hosted the event, have just published the interesting notes of the discussion, which you can download from here.
Continue reading “Sustainability West Midlands: Supper meeting on Food Security”
Click on the image to see the video of my TEDxWarwick talk.
The full text of is below, along with a sample of the few slides I used:
Continue reading “TEDxWarwick: Feeding the City, Feeding the Mind”
Here are my slides for the Birmingham Sustainability Forum meeting on 10th September 2012:
And here is a pdf of them (without builds): The New Optimists & Birmingham City Council Sustainability Forum 10th Sept 2012.
The New Optimists Forum has uncovered a lot of issues facing what it takes and will take to feed a city population, Birmingham’s in particular.
So I’ve been asked to kick off the next Birmingham Sustainability Forum on 10th September, 6pm in the Banqueting Suite at the Council House — it’s on Feeding the City.
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Kate Cooper from new optimists kicks off tonight’s event with a short presentation giving some background about the New Optimists Forum.
There’s a year long scenario planning process about food futures in Birmingham. She asked scientists “what are you optimistic about?” And 80 replied and became a book launched in 2010.
“How can we get regional scientists to help us solve the really big challenges in the 21st century.”
Climate change, resource depletion, population pressures. These problems are too big, how do we begin? They happen on large scales, both time and geographically and they require disparate governments to cooperate. So it’s no surprise that we’re stuck.
Continue reading ““I think we’re possibly on the brink of a revolution””
Imagine it’s 2050. Imagine 50% of Birmingham’s energy supplies generated inside the city — and by a carbon-negative process fuelled by the waste we all produce.
Imagine a local community , owning their own energy supply system. What impact would it have on family life?
And what would the word “ownership” mean? How would that affect individuals? Communities? Today’s vested interests in energy supply?
The feasibility and impact of such a system — more accurately, systems — is being talked about tonight at the New Optimists Forum at Aston Business School.
At the Business School will be (from the top, left to right): geographer Dr Stefan Bouzarovski, lawyer Catherine Burke, horticulturist Simon Coles, economist Dr Corrado Di Maria, Cofely Business Manager Ian Forsyth, the engineers behind the technology, Professor Andreas Hornung and Dr Lynsey Melville, Sandy Taylor who’s Head of Climate Change at Birmingham City Council and economist Professor Michael Waterson.
If you want to know a tad more about the technologies being developed at Aston University by Andreas and his colleagues, take a look at this brief video:
The group are now doing a quick and rough rating of factors (pdf) to create two lists.
On a scale from 1-10 factors the group are rating factors that are important and predictable (ie they need to feature in all the scenarios we draw up). For example, population size, both globally and locally, is an important and predictable factor.
The group is also rating factors on a scale of 1-10 that are important but unpredictable (ie a variable factor). Low or high food prices is an important but unpredictable factor.
Kate Cooper is explaining how the New Optimists project started, the big economic, environmental and social challenges facing the world – and how this relates to food supply for the city of Birmingham in 2050.
Continue reading “Kate Cooper’s slides at #TNOfood 23 May 2012″
This evening I’m at the University of Warwick for the fourth New Optimists Food Forum.
14 Warwick scientists and social scientists are gathering to continue the work on scenario planning food supply for the city of Birmingham – and considering the scenarios we need to plan for now to ensure sustainable, affordable food supply for the population of Birmingham in 2050.
Continue reading “Food scenarios for Birmingham in 2050: where we are at in May 2012″