Ocean State Innovate brings together people from diverse backgrounds - who have deep passion and commitment to our state - to break down silos and make new solutions possible. The two-day gathering was centered on the Core Themes of the Food Strategy: Environmental Sustainability & Resiliency, Public Health & Equitable Access, and Economic Development.
The forum will be facilitated by by Brown alum Frans Johansson and The Medici Group, a firm that specializes in helping organizations learn how to utilize intersectional thinking to drive innovation in organizations and initiatives. It is bringing together approximately 100 Rhode Islanders from diverse backgrounds - students, interested members of the community, emergency food system professionals, farmers, restaurateurs, policymakers, retirees, and many others - to develop new, community-based solutions to difficult food-system issues.
We will be taking pictures & recording the event on social media, so please check us out on Facebook or on my personal Twitter!
A big thank you to the members of the steering committee who gave their time to make this forum possible:
And an extra big thank you to the teams at the Swearer Center and the Medici Group for donating so much of your time to this effort. You have been such fantastic partners, and we can’t wait to see what comes next from this!
In Summer 2017, Governor Gina M. Raimondo released Relish Rhody, Rhode Island’s first comprehensive Food Strategy. We created this strategy to build on the state’s momentum in growing its local food economy in a way that benefits all Rhode Islanders, enhances Rhode Island’s environment, and celebrates the state’s unique food cultures and landscape.
Please take a few moments to read the full Strategy to better understand its full scope.
As we move forward with the Strategy, RelishRhody.com will be the place where we share implementation successes! We will also be highlighting and celebrating actors across the Rhode Island food system. We’ve already taken many implementation steps. Please see this recent memo to the Inter-Agency Food and Nutrition Policy Advisory Council that outlines our progress.
If you ever have any questions or feedback -- or even want to submit a story for us to share - please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly. And please follow us on Facebook.