A three-part course that explores three core skills systems change agents can cultivate and put to practice.
The COVID pandemic has shone an even brighter light on the many flaws in our food (and healthcare) system. How can we cultivate the skills of systems leadership to lead from the future and create the deep, structural change that is so desperately needed for just, equitable, and inclusive food systems?
In this three-part, interactive eLearning Series lead by Joseph McIntyre of 10 Circles Consulting, we will explore three core skills systems change agents can cultivate and put to practice: the ability to see the underlying system forces that move us away from justice, the ability to engage community and stakeholders in transformative dialogue, and cultivating a future-creating approach to ourselves and the work.
About the Instructor
Joseph McIntyre is Principal at 10 Circles, where he focuses on facilitation of complex food system change efforts, leadership development, and the application of systems thinking tools to the challenge of creating a just and sustainable world. Joseph has been working on food systems issues since 2001 when he first began facilitating leadership retreats. From 2006 to 2018 he served as Executive Director of Ag Innovations (AI), where he became one of the food movement’s most trusted facilitators and collaboration experts. During his tenure at AI, Joseph helped launch a dozen food policy councils across California and Arizona including the San Diego County Food Systems Alliance and the Maricopa (Phoenix) County Food System Coalition. He was the lead facilitator and process designer for Cal Ag Vision, the State’s strategic plan for agriculture, and created the California Roundtable on Water and the Environment which developed stakeholder-driven innovative solutions to water issues in the State. He served as the facilitator and co-designer for the James Beard Foundation Food Conferences and has worked across the U.S. and Canada on projects as diverse as protecting the organic oat supply chain for Clif Bar to eliminating the use of toxic fumigants in strawberry production. Today he serves as Senior Fellow at AI where he continues to facilitate complex change processes in California. A consistent theme of Joseph’s work has been the use of systems thinking to create more robust solutions. In 2013 he helped co-found the Academy for Systems Change, which is focused on advancing the field of awareness-based systems change and increasing the pace of global change towards sustainability. Joseph serves as adjunct faculty and coach for the Academy. Most recently Joseph has partnered with the Wallace Center to co-develop its “Unlocking Our Food System Change Capacity” systems leadership retreats, served as a trainer and thought-partner to the Mississippi Food Justice Collaborative, and created the Groundwater Leadership Forum.