Energizing civic engagement

One of my current facilitation projects focuses on growing the food system in a rural county with metrics on healthy and local food access for people who regularly depend on food programs. These kinds of projects are always complex and interesting. It's a lot of connecting unconnected dots and aligning fragmented efforts across the whole value network.

In facilitating community engagement in this space, I rely heavily on the facilitation practices of knitting and nudging. We nudge new ways to empower people for healthy food self-reliance and knit new collaborations among food providers, processors, educators, and funders. We engage the willing and hopeful into new habits of collaboration and innovation. It's very interesting and meaningful work. Everyone on our team is passionate and expert, so optimism is high.