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Public sector purchasers as curators and value creators in the food system.

Lapalme, Hayley (2015) Public sector purchasers as curators and value creators in the food system. In: Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD4) 2015 Symposium, 1-3 Sep 2015, Banff, Canada.

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The 3P Mentorship Program is a community of practice that
convenes institutional food buyers around a shared vision to use
the $750 million purchasing power of the Ontario public sector
to foster resilient local food systems. Five design principles
emerged from the program, which ran as a pilot in 2014-2015
with a cohort of four institutional mentees: a hospital,
university, college, and long term care home, each represented
by a manager influencing the institutions’ procurement. System
mapping and informal interviews revealed that the point of
purchase was a high leverage, low friction point of intervention
where procurement mechanisms, such as the RFP, make
institutions passive consumers of value from the food system. A
challenge emerged to design a minimally disruptive intervention
that would enable managers to re-claim these mechanisms and
to re-imagine their institutions as creators of value, in a position
to curate the “reconfiguration of roles and relationships among
[the] constellation of actors” for a more resilient food system
(Normann and Ramirez, 1993). The pilot generated evidence of
the ability of networked institutions to collaborate on a shared
vision to increase the social good generated through
purchasing, and to play a transformative role in food systems.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 13:56
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 18:15
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2035

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