Think Tankers 2020 present their recommendations to the municipality of Almere
On Tuesday 23 June, the participants of the Flevo Campus Think Tank 2020 presented their recommendations to the municipality of Almere. Divjyot Sethi and Kelly Streekstra presented the final report to Jaap Meindersma, concern director Sustainable City. The document is the result of the intensive work carried out by the Flevo Campus Think Tank 2020.
The official handover of the recommendations was part of a full day of Flevo Campus online meet-ups about urban food systems. All live streams can be viewed on our YouTube channel; below an excerpt from the final presentation of the Think Tank.
Flevo Campus Think Tank: 22% locally sourced food in 2022
Last February, the fifth edition of our Flevo Campus Think Tank was kicked off. A little hard to imagine nowadays: the first meeting took place on Stadsboerderij Almere, where the participants got to know each other. The key question for this year’s Think Tank was introduced and fine-tuned: how can Almere, a city that can be considered a ‘snack city’, make sure that in 2022, its citizens will source 22% of their food locally? The city of Almere is the perfect case study to answer this question, because of the contradictions between the rural and urban areas. While the city of Almere is characterized by a large supply of fast food restaurants, the surroundings of the city (the agricultural areas of Flevoland) are fertile grounds for food productions. Why do the citizens of Almere eat so little of this produce? The Think Tankers set an ambitious goal: to come up with a strategy to make sure that in 2022 the citizens of Almere will source 22% of their food locally.
A diverse group of 20 participants – students and young professionals – engaged in this Think Tank, of very different backgrounds, expertise and nationalities. Read more about the Think Tank’s kick off in February >>
Coronacrisis, a spanner in the works?
The corona lockdown of course had its effect on the Think Tank of 2020. After two ‘real life’ meetings (the kick-off at Stadsboerderij Almere and a field trip with visits to Flevoland’s food landscape), the Think Tank was continued in digital form. The working sessions, meant to be hosted at very special locations (Javastraat, Amsterdam and farm ‘De Beleving’ in Zeewolde) were turned into online sessions. With unexpectedly great success: the participants indicated that they found these sessions to be of a high level. Significant steps were taken, even though they could not meet in person. The corona crisis thus hardly threw a spanner in the works, but digital solutions were worked out on possible solutions for more local food on the menu of the people of Almere. In the meantime, this crisis offered the photographer the opportunity to creatively visualize the concept of ‘meeting online’.
Recommendations for the city of Almere
The program provided input that enabled the participants to form recommendations for the municipality of Almere. What should the municipality of Almere do in order to have 22% of the food in this city locally sourced by 2022?
Through five modules the participants of this Thi
nk Tank collected insights from a variety of speakers and excursions. They have visited several places and entrepreneurs in Flevoland working with local produce to ask them what they need. They spoke with entrepreneurs in the city of Almere to get an understanding of the reasons why they would or would not work with the local produce. Besides that, they were offered a theoretical framework on food transitions and (the role of) local food policies. In two online working sessions they have transformed all the gained knowledge and insights into the recommendations above.
The 20 participants of the Think Tank collected insights through a variety of speakers and excursions in Almere and Flevoland, approaching this question from a broad perspective. This experience inspired the recommendations to the municipality of Almere.