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Food Learning Forum: Coproduction - intro for food & farming organisations (resources & recording)

Webinar Wednesday 11 October 2023 14:30 16:30

Join this online, interactive session led by Soil Association and Sustain to explore coproduction in practice.

Credit: GDJ / Pixabay

Credit: GDJ / Pixabay

Resources list – a starting point to find out more about co-production and design thinking methodologies

Videos (2 minute explainers)

Websites (organisations that are dedicated to this way of working)

Tools/Resources (find the process that’ll work best for you)

Books (a toe dip into a MASSIVE library of design thinking books)

  • The Design Thinking Playbook, by Lewrick, Link and Leifer – a very accessible and quick to read balance of theory and practice
  • 101 Design Methods, by Kumar – more structured theory for design thinking methods
  • Sprint, by Knapp, Zeratsky and Kowitz – an introduction to the ‘Sprint’ process, developed by big tech companies, but imminently applicable to food system charities!

TedTalks (10-20 minute inspiration from different industries)

The term coproduction is increasingly popping up, but what exactly is it and how does it add value to the food and farming movement?

Join this online, interactive session led by Flo from Soil Association and Hannah from Sustain, to explore coproduction in practice, when and where it might be used, with a taster of coproduction activities and how it can address joint challenges.


  • 14:30 - Welcome and introductions
  • 15:00 - An introduction to Coproduction
    • What is coproduction
    • Values and principles
    • Why coproduce
    • When and where can it be used
    • How to know it has worked
  • 15:25 - Group coproduction exercise
  • 16:10 - Reflections on what works and what doesn’t


Hannah joined Sustain in November 2022 as Programme Manager for the Bridging the Gap programme, which aims to demonstrate ways to build better supply chains between climate and nature friendly food and people on a lower income. Hannah has a background in international development and social impact business.

Flo has worked for the Soil Association since 2018. Her current role, as Head of Innovation, sees her work across both the food and farming programmes at the Soil Association, supporting their vision for a world with good health, in balance with nature and a safe climate restored for all. Flo has a background working in environmental and health charities.

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Published Wednesday 11 October 2023

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