The report quantifies the distribution of economic value, the number of enterprises, and levels of employment across the UK food system. It has ‘mapped’ UK food system activities asdescribed by their economic value, employee and enterprise numbers. This provides a first assessment of the overall shape of the UK food system and a foundation to … Continue reading MAPPING THE UK FOOD SYSTEM: Our report just came out!
World Food Day 2020 and Pakistan’s Future Generations
It’s high time for Pakistanis to recognize a distressing truth. We have committed a great injustice to our future generations. In the clearest of terms: we are systematically destroying their (already dwindling) chances of a good, decent, and enjoyable life. Now that we’ve set the grim stage for this article, a couple of necessary … Continue reading World Food Day 2020 and Pakistan’s Future Generations
Go Forth and Workshop? No, Wait!
In the past few months, many ‘real’ workshops have been hustled into the virtual realm, with varying degrees of success. While brilliant for inclusiveness, accessibility, and blurring geographic boundaries, not all content and not all formats work well virtually. For that matter, not all content and formats work in a ‘real’ workshop either. Please consult … Continue reading Go Forth and Workshop? No, Wait!
What we miss when we talk about trade-offs
What do we want from the systems so intricately woven through our lives? Which systemic outcomes are in whose interests? What are we trading off when we design necessary transformations? It is clear that profoundly difficult questions about trade-offs need answers. Our systems are failing a frightening proportion of humanity and our current trajectory will … Continue reading What we miss when we talk about trade-offs
Pink Sunday Mornings
This day started out well. Early morning run. Included running through spiderwebs that materialized on the path overnight. 85% awake conversation with parents. Follow-up nap (how awesome are post-running naps?!), breakfast and tea while watching How I Met Your Mother. Leaving early for the department. Feeling particularly tall as I wear my new tweed and … Continue reading Pink Sunday Mornings
And now, for an indoor path. This is where one can find my supervisor. We don't meet as often as my other friends, but she's lovely and has that quality of focusing completely, and entirely on YOU when you're there. I took this picture the last time I met with her. First time I've met … Continue reading Anxious Waiting
I've been taking the bus quite a bit since I've been back. I'm not overly fond of the bus route, but more on that later. Whenever my knees permit, I walk. And over time, I've divided my path into a few distinct zones, depending on which direction I'm going in, time of day and how … Continue reading The Beginning
This image has been taken from the lovely BuzzFeed article about Oxford, which I highly recommend. I have a complicated relationship with BuzzFeed. I understand that some people consider it pretty low on the hierarchy of internet-acquired reading material. Probably because of all the pretty pictures, gifs and lists. However, I love it BECAUSE … Continue reading Under History
Paths to Recovery
Three pictures! This must be an occasion! And it is. And I promise these are all related. The first picture is of a bit-of-path almost halfway down my usual path home along the Marston bike path. It's one of two diverging bits that persuade cyclists to go one way and pedestrians to go the … Continue reading Paths to Recovery
It has been difficult selecting a photograph when I am physically away from Oxford. There are so many things I could focus on for a post, but I want the ice-breaker to be a meaningful one. This particular photograph isn't the most visually attractive, and doesn't have a lot going for it. It's the bit of … Continue reading Long-distance Nostalgia