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APF First Friday: Creating Horizontal Spaces for Participatory Futures - The Case of Transform Methodology

In the July session of First Friday, Estefania Simon-Sasyk will present TRANSFORM which is an innovative methodology that leverages the power of shared food preparation to facilitate meaningful dialogue and collaboration around shaping collective futures.

APF First Friday: Creating Horizontal Spaces for Participatory Futures - The Case of Transform Methodology
APF First Friday: Creating Horizontal Spaces for Participatory Futures - The Case of Transform Methodology

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Jul 19, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM GMT+2

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About the session: Creating Horizontal Spaces for Participatory Futures - The Case of Transform Methodology

TRANSFORM is an innovative methodology that leverages the power of shared food preparation to facilitate meaningful dialogue and collaboration around shaping collective futures. Developed in response to the limitations of traditional stakeholder engagement approaches, TRANSFORM creates inclusive spaces where diverse participants can explore challenges and opportunities through embodied, sensory experiences.

By intertwining food-related activities with futures thinking, TRANSFORM transcends conventional foresight tools, emphasizing collective belief in and mapping of pathways toward preferred futures. This approach has enabled stakeholders, from farmers and chefs to policymakers, to engage in candid discussions, break down power dynamics, and collectively envision sustainable development trajectories for their communities.

TRANSFORM has been successfully applied in various contexts, including online community gatherings, speculative experiences for corporate executives, and participatory government planning processes. In each case, the methodology has proven effective in fostering authentic dialogue, inspiring action-oriented thinking, and cultivating a shared sense of agency and ownership among participants.

Our Speaker:

Estefania Simon-Sasyk

Estefania Simon-Sasyk is the founder of Mycelium Gastronomy Network, an organisation of multidisciplinary professionals seeking to create a more sustainable food industry. We aim to transform how we approach, process, distribute, and understand food.

Estefania is a food innovation and foresight practitioner. She’s collaborated with organizations like the WTO and IDB, tackling critical issues such as health, sustainability, and regional economic development. She holds a Master's degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Management from HEC Paris, and used to work as a Michelin-trained chef.

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