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THE FIFE DIET - A LOCAL FOOD EXPERIMENT Big Tent Summer School - July 2010 Limits to Behaviour Change - Effective Use of Social Media Who am I? A brief.

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1 THE FIFE DIET - A LOCAL FOOD EXPERIMENT Big Tent Summer School - July 2010 Limits to Behaviour Change - Effective Use of Social Media Who am I? A brief overview of the Fife Diet What has worked in our project Using Social Media (why not how) Some Obstacles to Change Asking a different question

2 Who Am I? Mike Small BA, MA, FRSA Green City Wholefoods (forklift) Institute for Social Ecology (philosophy) Programming the Big Tent Festival Lecture UNESCO Chair of Sustainable Development,Turin University Director, Fife Diet, Scottish Government Climate Challenge Fund ? Dad to Sorley (6) and Alex (3)

3 A brief overview of the Fife Diet Started from a sense that there was something fundamentally wrong with the food system Developed from an informal network to a movement for change around food ( ) Publishing carbon foodprint reports on 100 research volunteers and now all members (1000+) Aims to deliver stronger communities through enhanced local economy, healthier unprocessed fresh food and food with lower carbon impact

4 Our 5 Pledges for Low Carbon Sustainable Food Eat local (defined bio- regionally) Eat less meat Eat more organic Reduce food waste Compost More

5 What has worked in our project Eating together Being honest about the realities of change required Motivating through pledges Strategic Use of Social Media Not engaging in general awareness rising Looking after children Not being patronising Combining global picture with local realities and practicalities

6 Use of Social Media

7 Network Enabled Collaboration Many to many Challenges notions of expertise Challenges notions of proprietary ownership Champions the venacular Ref: We-Think Charles Leadbeater

8 Our members have a carbon foodprint between 10-40% below the UK average on food, rising to 80%. Source: Fife Diet Carbon Report, June 2010

9 10 Rules for Communicating on Climate Change Big Picture Technically correct Be cool Only stories work Optimism Glory button Change is for all We need more heroes Personal circle Source: futerra

10 Obstacles to Change that is Sustained, Credible and Immediate: Surround sound, Hegemony of Increment and Techno-Babble The Daily Mail bag campaign- a British family on their weekly shop - but their bags could be killing our wildlife

11 Surround Sound

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13 Hegemony of Increment Adopt little steps Adopt marketing strategies Focus on green consumerism Create offers which are easy, painless Use non- environmental motivations (-£) Use celebrity endorsements (Nicole Ritchie loves the planet) Source: Meeting Environmental Challenges: The Role of Human Identity, Tom Crompton WWF

14 Techno-babble – Top-kill & the Twin Narratives of BP

15 Asking a different question... Is our behaviour the problem? Depends who we are. To what extent do we truly believe that consumer behaviour will change society? Vote! When are we going to legislate? There is no point in asking people to change their behaviour if their whole social environment makes this extremely difficult. Tim Jackson perspective

16 Its the ecology stupid


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