Sustainable Table Fund

Our Approach + Assessment Framework.

Agility Rules

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.


Drawing on our learnings across the Ripe for Change program, Blueprint for Impact, the expertise of our operational and advisory team, and an Agile Theory of Impact, our broad and malleable framework aims to:

  • Map the current state of play across Australia’s food and farming systems to capture dominant trends, themes, nodes of energy and lock-ins.
  • Identify change levers in the system, massaging and enabling key points to open the transitional floodgates. (In doing so, we hope to strengthen and solidify the nuanced pathways presented in Blueprint for Impact.)
  • Join the dots and develop success measures for funding regenerative transitions, so that what emerges is a living, agile, systems-framed Theory of Impact to guide us, and others, towards regeneration.
Blueprint for Impact - Regenerating agriculture across the Great Barrier Reef catchments

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