Assignment 1

Preparatory, Introduce your self  & Assignment  1
 (Jun 21 ‐ Aug 7)

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 10th 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 video on Backtotheland20  Workplace deadline June 20; there you can also find videos where the teachers present themselves.

Start Up – Monday June 21 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.

 John Thackara:  Click on these: Readings by John  Thackara


Annika Göran Rodell: Go to Presencing Institutes homepage and look at the links: Theory U, on the left column click on Executive Summaries and Principles. See also from Ego-system to Eco-system 

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:  
  • DUE June 24th 

(1b) Prepare your local Food System poster

Watch the introductory video-talks by John Thackara

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:  
  • 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: 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.