Systems Thinking about Food Desert Mitigation

Using Donnella Meadow's model for identifying leverage points we focused on thinking about Ron FInley's South L.A. gardening project within the greater food systems norm for context. 

  CONSTANTS, PARAMS, INDIVIDUALS :  finley, city council, residents, volunteers, malnutrition persists BUFFERS : ready availability of poor quality food STRUCTURES : vacant lots/parkway availability  DELAYS : legal action against finley; community awareness BALANCING PROCESS : increase in nutrition-related disease REINFORCING PROCESSES : "if a kid plants kale, a kid eats kale" + 1 tomato yields seeds + volunteer access to food  INFORMATION FLOWS : understanding city land laws; access to info about healthy food + gardening techniques RULES OF THE SYSTEM : food is free because people give their time; city mandates on parkway maintenance POWER TO SELF-ORGANIZE : finley as positive, inclusive community leader; community, families come together GOAL OF THE SYSTEM : "mitigate LA food deserts" PARADIGMS : parkways are worthless, farming = countryside, good food is expensive, can't grow my own food.  POWER TO TRANSCEND PARADIGMS : community understanding of personal connection to where its food comes from. 

 

CONSTANTS, PARAMS, INDIVIDUALS :  finley, city council, residents, volunteers, malnutrition persists

BUFFERS : ready availability of poor quality food

STRUCTURES : vacant lots/parkway availability 

DELAYS : legal action against finley; community awareness

BALANCING PROCESS : increase in nutrition-related disease

REINFORCING PROCESSES : "if a kid plants kale, a kid eats kale" + 1 tomato yields seeds + volunteer access to food 

INFORMATION FLOWS : understanding city land laws; access to info about healthy food + gardening techniques

RULES OF THE SYSTEM : food is free because people give their time; city mandates on parkway maintenance

POWER TO SELF-ORGANIZE : finley as positive, inclusive community leader; community, families come together

GOAL OF THE SYSTEM : "mitigate LA food deserts"

PARADIGMS : parkways are worthless, farming = countryside, good food is expensive, can't grow my own food. 

POWER TO TRANSCEND PARADIGMS : community understanding of personal connection to where its food comes from.