1. Toolkit – Organizing your own Food Waste Awareness Campaign
We have been through the ‘Awareness Campaigns’ event planning and decided to share some of the event planning and organization material that you might find useful in preparing your own event. We enjoyed doing it and it pays off when you see more people willing to hop-on. TRY IT!
2. Lessons Learned about Self-Organizing Groups
- Someone needs to assume a leadership position. Period.
- Oversight, coordination of activities, and open communication are necessary for success. The leader should act as a facilitator and organizer, but should also contribute to task completion. This is particularly true for smaller teams.
- Autonomy and responsibility for individual roles should be the group norm. This will minimize the need to “lead” by conventional means of task assignment, follow-ups, and evaluation of progress.
- Creativity vs Productivity
- Too much structure can stifle creativity; too little structure can stifle productivity.
- Less structure initially allows ideas to flow freely, but waiting too long to make decisions and establish roles / responsibilities will put you in a bind for meeting deadlines.
- Be aware of the need to balance creativity and productivity. Allow things to develop naturally, but intervene as necessary to meet deadlines or stimulate creativity.
- Roles and Responsibilities
- When possible, role assignments should be voluntary.
- People will generally align themselves with tasks that match their strengths and interests. If the goal is to maximize productivity, allow this to happen.
- Not everyone will volunteer for an equal amount of responsibility. Do not dwell on this… it is impossible to evenly divide tasks and create equal level of effort throughout the team.
- Encourage open communication and acknowledge potential inequality of task distribution. Responsibility for seeking additional work or requesting help belongs to individual team members.
- Complex tasks may require the efforts from subset of the larger group to complete. These sub-groups will form naturally based on roles and responsibilities or pre-existing relationships. Both are acceptable as long as the work is getting done.
- The sub-group should have a key point of contact. It’s unnecessary for the entire group to assume responsibility for a single task.
- Credit where credit is due
- The entire group gets collective credit for both successes and failures.
3. USEFUL RESOURCES & LINKS
Food Waste Awareness
- Book: Waste. Uncovering the Global Food Scandal. Tristram Stuart. 2009.
- Book: American Wasteland. Jonathan Bloom. 2010.
- Dana Gunders, Project Scientist, Food and Agriculture, National Resources Defense Council http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dgunders/
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations http://www.fao.org/save-food/en/
- Waste website http://www.tristramstuart.co.uk/
Hunger and Food Waste
- Hunger in America http://www.ampleharvest.org/hunger.php
- Can we feed the world? http://www.canwefeedtheworld.org/
- Hunger Facts http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-facts.aspx.
- Ending Hunger http://www.endinghunger.org/en/educate/cutting_food_waste.html
- Infographic http://www.facethefactsusa.org/facts/supersized-hunger-pangs-supersized-waste-infographic/
Environmental Impact of Food Waste
- “The 9 billion-people question.” The Economist. February 26, 2011. http://www.siwi.org/documents/Resources/Policy_Briefs/PB_From_Filed_to_Fork_2008.pdf
- “The Progressive Increase of Food Waste in America and Its Environmental Impact.” http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0007940
- EPA – Love Food hate waste http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au/love-food/environmental-impacts.aspx
- The Open University http://www.open.ac.uk/platform/news-and-features/how-reducing-food-waste-could-make-difference-the-environment-and-your-pocket
- Environmental and Economic Impact of Food Waste http://www.cleanmetrics.com/pages/ClimateChangeImpactofUSFoodWaste.pdf
Socially Responsible Food Businesses
- Bon Appetit – http://www.bamco.com/
- Stonyfield – http://www.stonyfield.com/healthy-planet
- WholeFoods – http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/
- Nestle – http://www.nestle.com/csv/environmental-sustainability
- Chipotle http://www.chipotle.com/enUS/restaurants/sustainable_design/sustainable_design.aspx
Non-Profits: Organized Efforts Against Food Waste
- United States Environmental Protection Agency
- Salvation Farms
- Conscious Capitalism, Inc.
- Share Food Program