All proposals are due Friday, September 27th, 2019 at 11:59 ET
Proposal Submission link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2LVFMFH
The 2020 National Good Food Network Conference will bring together over 450 practitioners and experts from across the good food value chain to strengthen our collective commitment and develop our professional skills. NGFN 2020 will create a vital space for dialogue, networking and capacity building across critical components of food systems development. The Conference is a chance to reflect on the gains and missteps of past decades of food systems work, examine models and practices that are working now, and co-create new strategies for food systems change, as we invite and amplify the voices of frontline communities who have previously been excluded from the conversation.
We seek sessions that build capacity and skills for people working in and alongside regional food value chains and those that illustrate new or innovative models and solutions. Successful proposals will be interactive and engaging, offering stories, nuts and bolts skills, and lessons learned that will help your peers improve the effectiveness and impact of their work. We are particularly interested in session proposals from those closest to the issues, including but not limited to food business owners, farmers, and food chain workers. We will focus on the following topics at the Conference (note that explanations are meant to be examples, not an exhaustive list of possibilities):
Food Hub Operations and Innovations: Food hub networks, food hub longevity, technological and operational solutions.
Financing and Finances: Creative approaches to lending, investment and finance for small food businesses, business planning, increasing capital availability to underserved communities.
Racial Equity and Inclusion: How to implement racial equity in your organization and your community, how to define, measure and improve accountability for equity work.
Learning from Failures and Missteps: Share a project/approach/partnership that didn’t go as planned. Reflect on what went wrong, what you learned, and how it ended up!
Market Channels: Creative approaches to institutional sales, examples of institutional investment beyond procurement, innovations in retail operations, managing diverse revenue streams.
Macro Trends’ Impact on Your Work: Adapting to climate change, consumer trends, international trade, corporate co-option of local food language, plant-based proteins, food delivery etc.
Processing and Value-Added Businesses: Incubators, shared used kitchens, processing, meat and protein supply chains.
Place-Based Economic Development: Community-owned businesses and social enterprises, supporting entrepreneurs, cooperatives, tourism as economic development.
Leadership and Collaboration: Collective impact, systems leadership, value chain coordination, partnership, personal leadership development, tools for leading teams, networks or organizations.
Marketing, Storytelling and Education: Sharing what you do with your community and your customers, engaging new partners, creative approaches to adult education on technical topics (food safety, business skills etc.)
Please read through the following information carefully, and when you’re ready apply here by Friday, September 27, 2019.
Sessions will be evaluated based on how well they meet the following criteria:
Builds capacity for food systems practitioners through useful, practical information sharing
Focuses on innovative and replicable strategies and ideas
Reflects the conference theme of using lessons from the past to inform future work
Is dynamic, elicits knowledge sharing and problem solving within the room, and allows significant time for engagement with participants
Includes a diverse group of speakers. Diversity is a requirement, not an option for all panels. Aim for diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, race, physical ability, culture, expertise, age, and opinion.
Addresses social justice and racial equity in the food system
We typically do not include sessions that:
Solely promote new products, books, speaking tours, businesses, etc.
Are meant to educate individuals about personal lifestyle choices, such as dietary changes.
Are lecture style presentations of just one presenter with little to no engagement with the participants
To help guide you, please consider the audience: the primary attendees of the conference are diverse but focused on food value chain development and primarily include practitioners such as food hub staff, staff from community-based food organizations, local food entrepreneurs, value chain coordinators, technical assistance providers, nonprofits and government agencies, funders, and value chain and food hub advocates.
Lightning Talks (7 minutes)- Lightning talks are brief, dynamic presentations (7 minutes maximum), like TED Talks, Ignite, etc. that force a tight focus. Lightning talks often include 15-20 highly visual slides and provide a great opportunity to generate interest in your program, project or idea. Lightning talks will take place Wednesday March 11th in the afternoon through mid-day on Friday March 13th .
Breakout Sessions (90 minutes) – In-depth skill building and storytelling sessions. Interactive formats with team presentations from multiple organizations highly encouraged. Breakouts will take place from Wednesday March 11th in the afternoon through mid-day on Friday March 13th .
Half Day Trainings (3-4 hours) - in-depth trainings for a specific audience; request must be very explicit about the intended outcomes for the participants. Half day trainings will take place in the afternoon of March 10th or the morning of March 11th .
Full Day Trainings (6-8 hours) – these will take place as “pre-conference” sessions on Tuesday, March 10th. These must be substantial trainings. Attendees will have an additional charge as food will be provided. The Wallace Center will provide a stipend to presenters of these workshops.
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION COSTS
The conference registration cost has not yet been determined, however presenters will receive a discounted registration fee. If cost is a barrier to your or your co-presenters’ ability to attend the conference, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we will discuss how to make the event affordable. A limited number of full and partial scholarships will be available to help cover the costs of registration; scholarship applications will open when registration opens later this fall.
Presentations may be accepted in total or in part, and presenters may be asked to partner with other similar applicants. Wallace Center will facilitate combination of presentations.
Presenters can express preference for time slots; Wallace Center will work to honor those requests but cannot guarantee that all will be met.
If you are interested in proposing a bilingual presentation, please note this in your application and we will work with you on identifying translators.
Applicants may submit more than one proposal.
Presentation rooms will be equipped with laptops and projectors. Let us know in your submission if you need other AV or materials for your presentation.
If you need more information regarding your presentation content, the submission process, or general conference information, please visit our website at http://wallacecenter.org/ngfn2020 or contact Ellie or Annalina at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.