Cookbook for Systems Change: Nordic Innovation Strategies for Sustainable Food Systems

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Jan 26, 2022

The “Cookbook for Systems Change: Nordic Innovation Strategies for Sustainable Food Systems” offers methodologies, models and case studies – or recipes – to help European regional and national governments transform systems and introduces the EIT Climate-KIC in-depth demonstration concept that builds on a decade of work on climate change mitigation and adaptation, community and innovation ecosystem development and climate change. systems. Funded by EIT Climate-KIC as part of its in-depth demonstration on food systems and resilient diets, the book was produced in partnership with EAT, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

We can and must work with strategic food systems innovation to solve some of our greatest societal challenges. This is the fundamental proposition of the book “Cookbook for systems change: Nordic innovation strategies for sustainable food systems”. Essentially, this strategy cookbook demonstrates the role that a strong public innovation system can play in moving towards sustainable food systems, by providing a method for deliberate food system transformation – a mission-based approach – that can support people, the planet and society. . But while mission-led strategies have received increasing attention in policy circles at national and European level, they are still quite loosely defined and there are very few examples of their implementation. Moving from intention to action has been slow because there is no existing playbook (or recipe) so mission thinking is often overlooked in new policy proposals.

This strategic cookbook will provide the ingredients – templates for developing interventions, guides for getting started and examples of cross-functional projects – that you can use to create your own recipes for change. To do this, we offer an emerging new way of working with complex and dynamic systems. The cookbook is primarily aimed at national and regional innovation agencies, as governments have both a mandate and more authority than any other entity to drive the change needed to achieve sustainable food systems. However, since innovation ecosystems include a variety of different actors, this strategy cookbook also provides valuable insights into the roles that entrepreneurs, civil society and research organizations can play in cultivating change at home. from the base. Inspired by a Nordic innovation alliance, this cookbook suggests that the Nordic countries’ most significant global contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is perhaps not – not be a specific technology, business model or policy innovation. Rather, this contribution can take the form of demonstrating how a strong public innovation ecosystem is the missing link in overcoming the complex societal challenges that define our times.

The “Cookbook for Systems Change: Nordic Innovation Strategies for Sustainable Food Systems” is available online:

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Related objective

Goal 5: Reform food systems

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