On February 9th, 2023, the Conscious Food Systems Alliance (CoFSA) hosted a session Transforming Food Systems From Within to discuss the role of consciousness and inner development in transitioning to regenerative and equitable food systems. This was one of the first events convened by CoFSA bringing together key stakeholders in a movement of food, agriculture, and consciousness practitioners united around a common goal: to support people from across food and agriculture systems to cultivate the inner capacities that activate systemic change and regeneration.
As a member of the network, Shumei International representatives attended the online session moderated by Jonathan Confino, an executive coach and Zen mindfulness practitioner known for his work at the intersection of personal transformation and systems change. Speakers included Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer in the MIT Sloan School of Management and co-founder of Presencing Institute; Thais Corral, Social innovator, and Founder of Sinal do Vale Godfrey Nzamujo; Mindahi Bastida, Director of the Original Nations Program of the Fountain; and Thomas Legrand, Lead Technical Advisor of the Conscious Food Systems Alliance. The speakers provided insights into how consciousness can be used to bring about systemic change in food systems and the importance of a regenerative mindset and culture.
Overall, the Conscious Food Systems Alliance session was an inspiring event that left attendees feeling motivated to support positive change. By exploring the role of consciousness and inner development, CoFSA is paving the way for a more sustainable, regenerative, and equitable food system.
This inaugural event served as a kickoff for the Conscious Food Systems Alliance’s community activities. These activities will include monthly insights into conscious practices and collective inquiries into the Alliance’s areas of intervention. To learn more, interested individuals can visit the CoFSA website at https://consciousfoodsystems.org/.
“Natural Agriculture is more than an approach to farming, it is a way of life based on a deep respect and regard for nature. It puts us in touch with the natural forces so that we can work in harmony and partnership with nature.” – Shumei International