Local Food Launchpad 2016: Projects

Society’s biggest challenges won’t be solved by government, not-for-profits or communities alone. Successfully addressing these complex social, environmental and economic challenges requires an ecosystem approach that enables key stakeholders, engaged community members, academics, entrepreneurs and innovators to come together and cocreate replicable and scalable solutions.

In 2016, Doing Something Good ran a 10 week accelerator program for ventures and community projects aimed at improving our local food system and growing our local food economy. Offered in partnership with City of Melbourne and Open Food Network, Local Food Launchpad was developed as part of a program of community events and workshops that started with the EcoCity Food Forum in 2013 — designed to generate socially innovative initiatives that hold the potential to make our food system healthier, sustainable, secure, resilient and socially inclusive.

The second annual Local Food Launchpad took 15 participants through an innovative design-led program to develop and test 11 concepts for local food ventures and community projects. A diverse range of initiatives, they include social enterprises that serve Melbourne’s long term unemployed and poor, a unique mode for sustainable food production, technologies that help consumers access and purchase from growers, and community education programs.

Below you’ll find a summary and link to a project page for each of their big ideas. Click on the image or heading and you’ll be taken to the project page to learn more about each project, and details on what’s next and how you can get involved and help make them happen.

You can also learn more about the 2016 Local Food Launchpad here.

If you’re interested in partnering with us on the Melbourne Local Food Launchpad 2017 accelerator program, or Launchpad programs we’re developing with councils and communities in peri-urban or regional Victoria, please get in touch with David Hood via email at david@doingsomethinggood.com.au