What We Do

  • Systems Thinking: a way of thinking about complex problems
    Systems Thinking: a way of thinking about complex problems
  • Systems Thinking: a way of thinking about complex problems
    Systems Thinking: a way of thinking about complex problems
  • Systems Thinking: a way of thinking about complex problems
    Systems Thinking: a way of thinking about complex problems

The Maine Food Strategy is a food system planning initiative. We work cross-sector to identify a shared vision and common goals for Maine’s food system. This work also builds relationships and strengthens the network of organizations, businesses, and individuals within Maine’s food system. To achieve the shared goals and common vision, we collaboratively develop projects and actions.

MFS is focused around the principles of Collective Impact. The four core components of Collective Impact** are:

  • A shared agenda that helps focus all parties on a one, or set of, common goal(s)
  • Share measurement that reflect agreed upon indicators of change that can be assessed over time
  • Mutually reinforcing activities where all parties are also working within their individual spheres to support the common goals
  • Communication across sectors and organizations that facilitates information sharing on individual and collaborative opportunities, and deepens the network’s understanding of issues and best practices

The Maine Food Strategy is structured with staff, a steering committee, and multiple councils. Find more information on our steering committee and members here.

 

 

**Source: Kania, John, & Kramer, Mark (2011) Collective impact, Stanford Social Innovation Review.