Whole in One:

Six Ways Food Can Transform Cities and Institutions

Date: Friday, September 20, 2019
Time: 9:30AM - 3:00PM (**Lunch included)
*Cost: $200.00; $50.00 (See note below regarding NGOs, community groups and graduate students)
*An important note:

We are pleased to offer discounted seats to registered NGOs, community groups and graduate students. Email to see if you qualify before you register as we cannot apply the discounts retroactively.

Location: Diamond Alumni Club (lower), SFU, University Drive East, Burnaby, BC

About the Workshop

In 2007, cities officially became home to most of the world’s people. In the same year, the Oxford Dictionary chose “locavore” (someone who champions local and localized foods) as word of the year. Bestsellers of that year included The Omivore’s Dilemma, The Delicious Revolution and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Later that year, food prices began a rapid global rise and led to the first among over 40 riots.

Global cities and food came into their own at the same time. The destinies of food and cities have been joined at the hip ever since. The discussion can no longer be confined to food’s impact in the city. Food now has an impact on the city. Equally, the city has its own impact on food. In the same way that modern communication is “of” the web, and not simply on the web, food is becoming “of the city.”

This workshop will outline six ways that food can transform cities and institutions. The day’s activities will include formal presentations and discussions as well as networking and brainstorming opportunities. “Learning journey” techniques employed during the day will provide empowering possibilities for interdisciplinary listening and learning about creative approaches to food and cities. Dr. Roberts’ specialty (anti-specialty, actually) is the linking of analysis, policy and practice. In showing how food connects us all, he will showcase the potential for disruptive innovation, and also for creative construction.

There is a growing understanding of the importance of a “whole of government” approach and an inclusive “whole of society” perspective on the world. To that, Wayne adds a “whole of economy,” a “whole of food” and “whole of policy,” as well as a “whole of human personality” perspective. All together, they become a whole new way of thinking about the role of food in the city.

Target Audience

This workshop is for city planners, policy makers, academic administrators, health promoters, economic developers, climate protectors, social justice advocates, journalists, and resilient infrastructure specialists who want to make the most of the opportunities that food bestows on cities.

Session Take Aways

Participants will gain an understanding (supported with case studies where relevant) about the following: 

  • Planners, teachers, communicators and activists will leave with a network of new collaborators;
  • Brainstorm and consult with Dr. Roberts on food-related projects, policies, and ideas;
  • Expand ways of thinking about food possibilities and building capacity to adapt in this anxious and trying time;
  • Identify how integrating food consideration can contribute to enhancing your organization, workplace, cities, and or institutions

About the Instructor

Dr. Wayne Roberts

Wayne managed the influential Toronto Food Policy Council (2000-2010), a citizen body of stakeholders responsible for contributing to food-related policies for the City of Toronto. Since retiring, he has spoken and consulted for municipalities across North America and Europe on new ways of linking food and urban transformations. He is the author of several important books on food systems. Real Food for a Change anticipated the coming “food revolution.” The No Nonsense Guide to World Food has been issued in two English editions and translated into Japanese, Russian and Thai editions. His manual, Food for City Building: A Field Guide for Planners, Actionists and Entrepreneurs is a must-read for those interested in solving food-related issues in the city. He follows global food and city trends closely, and posts regularly on a variety of social media, popular magazines, as well as academic journals and anthologies. Dr. Roberts has received numerous awards, including the Canadian Environment Award, Canadian Eco-Hero Award, University of Toronto’s Arbor Award, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and a Lifetime Achievement award from Food Secure Canada for his contribution to youth engagement in the food movement.