Like a forest, human cell or school of fish, the food system is a complex and interconnected thing.
A change here can lead to problems over there; new and surprising phenomena can spring up seemingly out of nowhere; the smallest interaction between microscopic players can profoundly affect the whole.
There’s so much we don’t understand about complex systems, and that’s part of their mystery and wonder.
But what we do know is that trying to change them through static, linear means, using a one-dimensional approach and a fixed mindset is fraught.
Like introducing cane toads to QLD, well-intentioned interventions can be disastrous.
That’s why we take our cues from an Agile Theory of Impact; a framework that helps us avoid changemaking blunders and stay open, flexible, receptive, fluid, adaptable, curious and alive to the astonishing complexity of the system we’re hoping to regenerate.