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Food Learning Forum: Unlocking Networks study group - purpose and identity

Webinar 29 Mar 2023 10:00 11:00

Our second online session for network leaders to work through the Unlocking Networks Toolkit. We will focus on network purpose and identity.

. Credit: GDJ / Pixabay

. Credit: GDJ / Pixabay

This is a session is for people currently leading or managing networks within the good food movement. We are working through the toolkit developed by Unlocking Networks, a legacy from a collaboration between Power to Change, Shared Assets and the Social Change Agency.

In this session we will be exploring the theme Purpose and Identity. There is no prep required, but if you like you can download the toolkit and watch a great video on the section here.

Where we are in the process: This is the first of six sessions, one for each of the six different themes from the tool kit. They are: Identity & Purpose; Governance & Power; Value Creation and Exchange; Infrastructure & Resources; Measuring Impact; Managing Change. You are free to join as many or few of these as you like. We will also be looking at how our own networks can better work together within the good food movement ecosystem where that makes sense, and have a final session devoted to this discussion.

We’ve completed the introductory session, which worked through the interview task as a way to evaluate our own network building in relation to that of others as a foundation for future discussion and learning. We found this immensely useful, and while it is not required to join these additional sessions, we’d be happy to pair you with another network coordinator if you did want to complete this exercise before starting.

About the toolkit: The toolkit has been developed to help network leaders build and manage their networks for change, you can watch a short video about the toolkit and who it is for here. These sessions will involve a mixture of paired listening exercises and group discussion, working through the toolkit resources.

Where this started: These sessions emerged from discussions within the Food Learning Forum, and have been put together by network managers from Social Farms and Gardens, the Soil Association's Food For Life Get Togethers programme and Sustain. You would be very welcome to join us in exploring how we run our networks, and what we are trying to achieve. Please email Miriam Turley ( or myself with any questions.

Published 29 Mar 2023

Food Learning Forum: The Food Learning Forum is a peer-learning network of food focused organisations that connects and develops the food and farming sector through learning, development and peer discussion.

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