Do Something Good invited seven of Australia’s leading thinkers, pioneers and ‘foodpreneurs’ to give five minute lightning talks presenting their ideas, projects or approaches to transforming our current food system to one that is sustainable, resilient and fair.
Kirsten Larsen has been investigating the ins and outs of all things food for around 7 years. From a background in state government sustainability, climate and food policy, Kirsten turned to systemic analysis of food security and sustainability and has been involved in development and implementation of Food Policies at state and local government levels. With the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab at the University of Melbourne, she has focused on analysing and communicating the technical and social innovations that change what is possible — and bring healthy communities and ecosystems closer. This opened her eyes to all the amazing things happening ‘out there’ which she supports through the board of Cultivating Community and the SecondBite Food Security Advisory Group.
More recently, Kirsten’s attention is increasingly balancing thinking and talking with some serious doing . . . focused on targeted contributions to accelerate the food systems transformation that is coming from the people, communities and businesses that ‘get it’. Kirsten is a founding Director of Eaterprises Australia, a social enterprise focused on the ways local food can be distributed and exchanged. With endless and awesome partners and friends — Eaterprises has instigated the development of a Food Hub in Casey, the Australian Food Hubs Network and our most recent adventure — the Open Food Web Foundation (building open source software solutions for the food revolution).
The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) is a farmer-led civil society organisation of people working together towards socially-just and ecologically-sound food and agriculture systems that foster the democratic participation of Indigenous Peoples, smallholders, and local communities in decision making processes.