Concordia Student-Run Food Groups Research Project

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On March 22, 2017,  Erik Chevrier, members of the Sustainable Action Fund and CHNGR facilitated a meeting to (1)  report back about the preliminary findings of the Concordia Student Run Food Groups Research Project; (2) to present the online archive to the groups that participated in the interviews and get feedback about how the project can serve these groups; and (3) to encourage the student run food groups at Concordia to build a common strategy about increasing food sovereignty on campus.

The meeting was organized by using the World Café method. The World Café has seven design principles, set the context, create hospitable space, explore questions that matter, encourage everyone’s contribution, connect diverse perspectives, listen together for patterns and insights, and share collective discoveries.

The event lasted two hours – from three to five p.m. and took place in the teaching and learning center at Concordia. Each  student run food group at Concordia was invited to attend the conference as well as anyone interested in discussing food sovereignty at Concordia. Participants were given tea and snacks and sat at one of ten round tables in the room. Each of the tables had a facilitator who took written notes regarding the conversation at the table. There were three tables of people. A total of nineteen people attended the event.

The session began with a presentation from, Erik Chevrier. He summarized the general findings from phase one of the Concordia Student Run Food Groups Research Project. He introduced the idea of ‘thinking big’ – how can the student-run food groups on campus co-create a food sovereign campus? To answer this, he asked five questions (see below) and facilitated a discussion about the responses. For each question, the participants had ten minutes to brainstorm together at their respective tables – the note takers recorded the discussion by writing down what participants said. Then there was a general report back from each table to the entire group.

Once the session was over, participants were thanked for their time and the note takers submitted their notes to the research team. The research team have made the results available below. Click on the questions below to see the responses.


Questions and Research Findings









Raw Data


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