Preparatory, Introduce your self & Assignment 1
(Jun 22 ‐ Aug 9)
The course will be run through facebook´s (FB) workplace and zoom. The student attending the course will receive an invitation in their mailbox on Monday June 8th to FB and the zoom links will be posted on FB before each session. If you have not yet worked with zoom please download the app and test it out before the course. The revised course description and a library of short videos will be posted on FB with instruction about each assignment.
Here is a brief outline of the course:
Introduce yourself – make a short video (max 2 min) in your local environment that gives a feeling for where you live; and share with us, in a few words, what motivated you to apply to this course. Post the film on Backtotheland20 Facebook Workplace before June 21; there you can also find films where the teachers present themselves.
Start Up – Monday June 22 we all get together on zoom at 16:00 CEST for an informal meeting. This meeting will introduce you to the course and focus on assignment 1. Before joining the meeting please look through the video of the participants that have been posted on FB so you get a feeling for the other participants.
- Assignment 1– Design an intervention in your local food system: Choose one possible intervention in your local food system from a library of short videos by John Thackara: Farm-to-Fork Food Hubs; Connecting schools and farmers; Nature-friendly farming; Regional grain and fibersheds; Urban food forests and a couple more. You will prepare an initial design study that explores how one of these interventions might be used in your own local or regional context. (more info. on FB June 18th)
- CHECK-IN sessions on MONDAY June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27th for one hour starting at: 10:00 (Swedish time) hosted by John Thackara with support from the other course leaders and guests. We expect you to join all these sessions. The Zoom link will be posted on FB.
John Thackara: Click on these: Readings by John Thackara
Cheryl Akner Koler Please explore these pages to learn about Haptics in relation to the design and culinary art experience.
Corina Akner (founder of VÄRT): is are support partner for meals at Hjulsjö.VÄRT´S homepage.
ignment 1 is conducted at a distance. Students should do the work individually at their own pace, wherever they are, submitting Assignment 1 digitally on the due dates.
The work for Assignment 1 consists of 2 parts:
(1a) Introduce yourself! asap! DUE June 24th 17:00 CET
(1b) local Food System poster/map DUE Aug 5th 17:00 CET
(1a) Introduce yourself
This information about you is to help us address your interests for the Workshop Week.
- Download this word document: Introduce-yourself_2019+
- Fill in the form and send it to Email: email@example.com
- DUE June 24th
(1b) Prepare your local Food System poster
Watch the introductory video-talks by John Thackara
- Talk 1: The Metabolic Rift write a short reflective text (4-6 sentences)_Send to : firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Talk 2: Ecological Agriculture write a short reflective text (4-6 sentences)_Send to : email@example.com)
- Talk 3: Social Farming write a short reflective text (4-6 sentences)_Send to : firstname.lastname@example.org)
In Assignment 1b you should describe the steps by which you would embark on a Back To The Land 2.0 relationship through mapping a local food system. In a poster / map format, describe the links needed to make new city-rural connections happen – based on where you live, study, or work.
- The format is a poster A3 page (max 3 mb) – put your name on the page in the lower right hand corner! For more inspiration to posters see, Pinterest
- Email the poster to: email@example.com
- DUE August 5th 13:00 CET
To start the assignment, choose a food system that is personal and local to you! ‘Local’ could refer to the region, culture or home.
This poster should:
- show the geographical area with the key people, locations, activities & ecological systems in your local area
- show how key actors in the food system are connected to each other now (- or not) and who is involved in producing, consuming, creating, profiting, care-taking, preserving, etc.
- show the relationships between actors (and places) you will add, or improve, by design
- show what infrastructures and systems are involved, how do they work
- include a tweet (including hashtags) to be used to launch the poster.
Inspiration for this poster :
Finally – Once you have completed Assignment 1b and sent the poster, take some time to reflect on what you have found most meaningful in this work. What is the most important question you are holding at this moment? (What has surprised you and where do feel resistance.)
To hand in your assignment, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The teaching team will print your A3 PDF and bring it to the Workshop Week, where you will also present orally. You will share this during course introduction in your interest group.