CIRCLES are broad stakeholder meetings happening at regular intervals and addressing a specific challenge. Aiming for immediate action, we facilitate dialogue between multiple perspectives, in order to reach consensual positions.
Our objective is to explore the common ground in the addressed topic, to identify common values and to build a call for action. We have currently two active circles:
MANIFESTO FOR FOOD EVOLUTION CIRCLE
The first CIRCLE “Manifesto for Food Evolution” and addresses the future of the Mediterranean diet, taking health and planet to heart. Food related chronic illnesses are corroding societal resilience, locking us into vicious patterns. REBUNDANCE facilitates this Circle with the objective of unlocking the latent potential of shifting the system to promote abundant, locally grown, urban high quality foods.
We need to live our lives to the fullest – this means that at various dimensions, balance needs to be in place. In the physical body, at micro level, our cells need to access all the clean nutrients needed for our metabolism to function perfectly and, at the macro level, it means that there is no toxic overload in all the air we breathe and the food we eat.
We live in times where industries have harnessed more lobby power than the governments we elect can counter – this leaves us less protected than we believe.
It is really up to us to vote with our life choices.
REBUNDANCE invited a very broad and diverse group of Stakeholders to join the challenge of designing a Manifesto for Food Evolution and this Circle was born!
We decided to kick start the design of the Manifesto by defining, consensually, the set of values on which to build the future of food: Agile, Collaborative, Courageous, Renewable, Systemic, Transparent, Trustworthy.
Over almost one year we have been meeting in this Circle, once a month, to launch a first and consensual draft of this Manifesto for discussion in a broader group of Stakeholders.
If you would like to join this Circle, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
WATER SQUARE CIRCLE
The second CIRCLE “Water Square” takes on the future of the Tagus river estuary to become Lisbon’s main public square, connecting all shores. This breathtaking estuary is deserted, due to lack of clarity in its ownership. REBUNDANCE facilitates this Circle and we hope to support the co-design of a vision that will make it possible to return life to the estuary and to allow this tremendous natural resource to contribute to the prosperity of the people living on all shores.
Addressing the future of this estuary, in open dialogue with all Stakeholders is in itself a privilege. The Circle hopes to raise awareness to sustainability and invite action, to return life into this immense and unique resource, that defines so much of Lisbon’s character (generosity of light and vastness of space to dream, elegance of the shore line…).
An important part of Lisbon’s population occupies this vast territory around the river estuary.
At the time of the 1755 Earthquake, there were more than two thousand boats and ships had a licence to navigate this estuary. Since those times the scenario has changed drastically.
The shores are so diverse in nature composition, topography and population. Some urban and rural areas have been forgotten and disconnected and suffer from exclusion from the life remaining in this estuary. In some other areas there are unique traditional crafts in activity and in others there are new practices in emergence. It therefore becomes imperative to revive the connectivity that will allow populations to feel included and to come closer to each other.
One of the objectives of holding the space for this challenge is to allow strategic thinking about the future of the Tagus river estuary to emerge in collaboration with a broad group of Stakeholders. These thoughts we hope may be a contribution for the strategic planning that will define this estuary’s future.