Catalysts

Food Shift is an open network that prioritises participation over commitment. We are aspiring to keeping the boundaries of the network as open and porous as possible so that people, projects and organisations may flow in and out of interaction as seen fit with their needs.

There is a downside with that approach though - the risk of the network becoming directionless.

Our ambition is to adopt parts of the concept of "Catalysts" that Enspiral is practicing.

In chemistry, a Catalyst is an agent of change, used in small amounts relative to the reactants, which reduces the amount of energy required to create a reaction, and activates the rest of the system without itself getting consumed.

In Food Shift, a catalyst is a person that works to keep the network running smoothly. The role is a kind of servant leadership, working in service of the network as a whole.

:information_source: 2019-05-23 – The core team currently shares the responsibility of catalysing Food Shift. Intentions are to decide on an appointment process further on, together with the community.

Roles & responsibilities

The work description of a catalyst is intentionally not super clear. It is up to each person holding the position to interpret and give the role some personal flavour.

Work in the center of the Food Shift system. Work in the space between all the smaller systems making up the big system. Work in the shadows and work in the open, stay in that liminal space and work across boundaries. Connect, facilitate, inspire, nudge, pull, push (gently) for the well being of Food Shift and all people across the network.

Keep a birds eye view on the network, sense needs and opportunities, both within the network and outside.

Maintain the working rhythm of the network.

  • Inititate retreats and gatherings
  • Encourage working groups to meet and share their work on the network

Encourage the formation of new working groups.

Coordinate network wide tasks on the Improvements Board.

Ensure that communication is flowing between working groups and projects.

Connect and introduce.

  • Ensure there is an onboarding process
  • Guide newcomers to the right projects, people and workgroups

Appointment process

To be decided.

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