Wageningen, 2015 – Editorial
I’ll embark now on the hard task of reminding who we are and what we are doing through 5 words that give life to our name – hopefully without: falling into an academic jargon; disappointing any of my “theory-orthodox” colleagues; nor boring most of you.
Global: we keep the world in its entirety as our perspective. Although we receive funding from multiple specific countries and organizations, we realize that taking an holistic view on how problems, systems and institutions are intertwined is the only way to make our research and actions meaningful.
Center: we are a permanent, self-sustaining institution that lasts longer that its initial funding (2012-2017). Despite we enjoy working in networks, we have a budget center at the Management Studies (MST) Group of Wageningen University that catalyses our resources across collaborations with many partners and funding institutions worldwide. P.S. We are “center” and not “centre” because we have born in the US side of the world.
Food: we focus on food and agriculture, as we recognize that these fields require specific sets of skills and expertise to connect natural and social systems. Problems and opportunities in food and agriculture are unique and difficult to compare, act on and scale relative to other sectors.
Systems: we are aware that the phenomena that we study and act on are directly and indirectly interrelated across multiple levels. Thus we strive to think strategically on how our research and the actions of our study subjects result both in intended and unintended consequences for the other actors even indirectly connected to us and them.
Innovation: we strive to open and contribute to critical discussions on problems that require change in food and agriculture and on the tools, actions and organizations that seem effective in dealing with these problems. We take a management and organization perspective as we investigate why, when, how and which individuals and collective entities use tools, actions and organizations to deal with these problems.
I hope you find this newsletter in line with these statements and, more importantly, in line with your future moves. We share them to cultivate our relationships and trigger your ideas for our next move together – so please contact us if you have ideas for collaboration.
Dr. Domenico Dentoni