Lunch & Learn with Network Weaver Suparna Kudesia

Are you curious about the role of funders and funding in the food system? Are you interested in connecting with other food systems folks to explore how we might decolonize philanthropy? 

Look no further!

Starting in March 2022, decolonial educator and immigrant mother, Suparna Kudesia (also an FSLN Network Weaver and the Co-director of the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive, a.k.a CoFED) will be leading an informal “Lunch & Learn” conversation to discuss ways in which we can decolonize philanthropy in the food system. 

We’ll hold space twice a month for these conversations, come as you can! Register here.

  • Wednesdays, March 16 and 30 from 1-2pm CST
  • Wednesdays, April 13 and 27 from 1-2pm CST
  • Wednesdays, May 11 and 25 from 1-2pm CST

About your host:

Suparna’s role in the food system is decolonizing philanthropy as the Choreographer of Collective Change at a national organization that is working to transform the food system into one that is generative and rooted in healing our relationships to land and each other. 

Join us for a virtual lunch (but, with your actual lunches!), your inquisitive minds on play, to meet new people and engage in dynamic conversation! Don’t fret if you can’t join all the sessions – it would be great for you to join us whenever you can!

What to Expect:

The Lunch & Learns will bring together FSLN members in an informal, chill, relaxed setting over lunch to chat about decolonizing philanthropy in the food system. We hope that by participating you’ll have a place to engage in dynamic conversation about capital in the food system, hear from a diversity of perspectives, and deepen your connections and relationships with FSLN members.

  • Optional prereading: https://www.whitesupremacyculture.info/
    • This will help give us a common understanding of the concepts of decoloniality and racial capitalism in the food system
    • We will explore different aspects of white supremacy culture (coloniality) in the food system and discuss antidotes to these (decolonizing approach) in our work in the food system
  • Every session will begin with a grounding exercise with talking about food (this will also be a space to share and tinker with fun recipes and our stories about food)
  • Through the telling of stories and sharing of food-based rituals, we will begin having informal conversations about the ways in which coloniality infiltrates our food system and ways in which we can disrupt them
  • There will be a running Google Drive of resources provided to participants to enhance the learning experience

Questions? Ideas? Reach out to Suparna: suparna@cofed.org

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