Hybrid forums: open public dialogues
The Strength2food project is organising hybrid forums to stimulate dialogue amongst all actors (local stakeholders, informants, entrepreneurs and scientific experts and lay people) in the value chain. The forums will take place in seven European countries (France, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Serbia and the United Kingdom) and will address specific subjects, on ‘local controversies’. These public discussions will serve both as a methodology, guiding multi-actor research fieldwork to collect data, and as a dynamic mechanism for better communication. They offer a great experience where panelists and public are gathered, not necessary to solve a problem but to discuss and hear to each other, for improving the local community together.
Each country’s hybrid forum will meet at least three times throughout the project and will include the same kinds of actors. The following hybrid forums have been organised:
Strength2Food representatives went back to the Norwegian city of Sandefjord to take part in the third hybrid forum titled ‘A public dialogue about fish, seafood and culture in Sandefjord – FISH: not only to eat, but also to think with’. The first part of the hybrid forum, which was the intern workshop , was opened by Dr. Gunnar Vittersø who addressed fish distribution, production and consumption in the local area (Sandefjord), in relation to Strength2Food results, emphasising the barriers and opportunities for local seafood to be promoted, for example, through a stronger link between consumers and fishermen. After the second [...]
Strength2Food held its first Polish hybrid forum on Saturday, 17 July 2018. The meeting took place in Płońsk, a town in Mazovia region, located 70 km from Warsaw. The discussion focused on the tradition and future of the farmers’ market in Płońsk. With more than half a century of tradition, the local farmers’ market takes place twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, in an open-space square in the heart of Płońsk. However, there are ongoing discussion on whether the market should be moved to a more convenient and larger space, with better parking facilities. Plus, more investment is necessary [...]
On June 4th, Strength2Food held its Hybrid Forum (HF) in Belgrade, Serbia in one of the schools taking part in the project’s WP9 school meals pilot scheme. Coordinated with the help of the school’s director Jole Bulatović, the event took place from 15:30 until 20:00, which meant that a few curious children were milling around while setting up for the event. The theme, “Developing regulations for standards on the quality of food in primary schools," was in honour of the project’s Ministry of Education and Science partner. As a working group within the Ministry was finalising its recommendations, this was [...]
Fivizzano-Hybrid Forum: “Agriculture and Food: which recipes help fight against the depopulation of the MaB-UNESCO (Man and Biosphere Reserve) Appennino Tosco Emiliano”
On June 1st, at the San Giovanni Museum in Fivizzano (MS), during the 17th edition of the "Sapori" event, a "hybrid" forum of experts and non-experts gathered around a table to discuss and suggest solutions to help fight against the depopulation of the area of the MaB-UNESCO (Man and Biosphere Reserve) Appennino Tosco Emiliano reserve (Figure 1). The day was divided into two parts: the first part being a meeting of experts and panelists (14.30-16.00), the second part (16.00 – 18.00) involving public participation. The panelists where Nino Folegnani (President of the Lunigiana LAG ), Rachele Grassi (Agricultural holding [...]
Strength2Food held its first hybrid forum in Serbia on Monday, November 27 to discuss how to improve the quality of children’s meals in primary schools. The event was held in Serbia's Petnica Science Centre, an independently-funded organisation providing research opportunities for primary and secondary school children from both Serbia and the rest of Europe. The centre is located 90 km south-west of Belgrade near the town of Valjevo, which meant transport by minibus for many of the partners. Part I consisted of an expert panel, with expertise ranging from school directors, Ministry of Education representatives, as well as experts in [...]
The second Norwegian hybrid forum on 24 October 2017 was once again hosted in Sandefjord. Local people were invited to take part in a discussion on fish, this time addressing the idea of fish as culture, in comparison with dance, art and music. Researchers from OsloMet were also present, representing the Strenght2Food project. The experts of the panel addressed the cultural aspect of fish, both as a food product and a source of identity, and the problem of environmental distress caused by plastic and microplastic in the sea. During the second part of the event, the floor was opened [...]
Though buying local is a trendy catchphrase as of late, many consumers do not put the term into practice. In the active fishing port of North Shields for example, buying local unfortunately doesn’t play much of a role in the minds of all consumers. In the event organized by Food Nation and Newcastle University “Locally Landed Seafood on the Menu: How do we create a supply chain to achieve this” on 21st September 2017 in North Shields (UK), Anne Liddon shares that consumers either lack the knowledge and confidence about cooking fish or they opt for more familiar varieties like [...]
Hybrid forum at the EAAE Congress in Parma: Can consumers play a valuable role in the development and sustainability of local food systems?
As part of the Strength2Food (S2F) project a series of hybrid forums will be organized in seven countries to stimulate dialogue amongst all actors in the value chain and to collect data on the sustainability of local food systems. Hybrid forums are open, public discussions on a defined subject where a panel of local stakeholders, including entrepreneurs, authorities and consumers, as well as invited scientific experts exchange experiences and knowledge with the aim of resolving the controversy and designing a better world. To communicate about the S2F project and to test the hydrid forum protocol the Norwegian partner HiOA recently [...]
Sandefjord, a coastal city southwest of Oslo, was the perfect spot to host the first hybrid forum, of a series of three, looking at how local fish is valued by the locals. The event took place on 23 August 2016 and was open to the public. Researchers from OsloMet, panellists and experts joined the event, which was divided into two parts: a workshop with experts and a conversation with the public. The workshop started with an introduction to the Strenght2Food project and the hybrid forums, and was followed by experts who laid out the local fishing and fish consumption [...]