- General information
UniversityKonstfack University, Örebro University
Type of courseSummer School
OrganizersJohn Thackara, Cheryl Akner Koler, Annika Göran Rodell
In the Summer of 2018 I participated in the ‘Back to the Land 2.0’ Summer School in Hjulsjö, Sweden. During a week long camping trip in the Swedish village of Hjulsjsö the course explored the relationship between rural and urban food system through the Theory-U framework. The course was organised by Konstfack University in collaboration with John Thackara and Örebro University’s School of Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Meal Science.
The course took the participants through the various steps of the Theory-U framework, we participated in exercises to enhance co-creation and went on several excursions to farms that practice a form of sustainable agriculture.
One of the main points of discussions during the Summer School was to better understand the relationship between personal agency and the need for co-creation. To what extend is an individual responsible for changing their food practices towards more sustainable forms and to what extend is a systematic co-creative approach needed? Especially considering co-creation is the synergetic outcome of individual actions.
One potential resolution of this dilemma was inspired by a permaculture zone mapping tool. This tool is used as a method in which a permaculture practitioner indicates which geographic areas and functions (zones) are commonly used in daily life and which areas are only used periodically. Such an analysis help the permaculture practitioner to make informed choices about how to design a site.
Accordingly, a similar principle could be used to develop a framework for one’s personal food system. A zone map could help individuals or groups to map which food practices can be changed through personal agency and which practices require a co-creative approach. Naturally, the balance between personal agency and co-creation can change over time and according to needs and preferences.