WorldLink led a strategy and planning process with four University of California centers and institutes focused on food system transformation. Participants included the Center for Agroecology (UC Santa Cruz), Berkeley Food Institute (UC Berkeley), Agricultural Sustainability Institute (UC Davis), and Organic Agriculture Institute (UC ANR). Working as a collaborative, this multi-institutional network developed a set of strategic initiatives designed to accelerate food system transformation in California and beyond.
System Change Map
WorldLink partnered with Transforming Hawaii’s Food System Together—a ten-year, statewide initiative—to lead a multi-sector collaborative process aimed at creating a Hawai’i Food System Change Map. The process combined diverse stakeholder interviews, three planning workshops, and the design of multiple system change map layers visualized on the Nexial platform.
In partnership with the University of California, Berkeley and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, WorldLink developed a semester-long course focused on the art and science of systems change. Working in small teams, students researched and designed global strategies to reverse climate change. Final projects explored nature-based solutions and transformations in energy supply, food systems, buildings, transportation, and industry.
In partnership with the City of Copenhagen and other collaborators, this project explored the possibility of constructing a Fly’s Eye geodesic dome for learning, civic engagement and cultural expression. Through an iterative design process, WorldLink developed a detailed concept for a large-scale dome featuring flexible spaces for community planning, interactive exhibitions and artistic performances. Copenhagen was envisioned as the prototype for a network of interconnected domes in major cities around the world.
A bold, statewide initiative designed to increase food system literacy and build healthy communities. Nourish California provided open educational resources (video, curriculum, web) and professional learning support for thousands of teachers and more than four million students. The initiative served K-12 teachers, school administrators, farm-to-school and garden coordinators, food service staff, health professionals, and nonprofit support providers throughout the state.
Food Literacy Program:
A multi-year initiative aimed at improving the health and wellness of the one million people comprising the Navy Community. WorldLink conducted research at six naval bases around the world and prepared a Food Literacy Program Strategy for Navy leadership. As part of the initiative, WorldLink also designed and tested a Nourish Family Kit. Featuring videos, recipes, and games, the Family Kit offered a unique, in-home resource with the potential to transform the way Navy families relate to food and one another.
A media, education and civic engagement initiative focused on the abundant potential of clean, renewable energy. Power Shift featured a PBS television special, interactive exhibitions, curriculum guide, and professional learning workshops. Statewide initiatives in California, New York, Michigan, and North Carolina built a network of clean energy advocates and served thousands of schools and millions of students.
WorldLink designed and convened the first US-Japan Education Forum, a collaborative inquiry into learning, technology and culture. A model for teacher professional development, the forum guided teachers through a process of creating curriculum-based websites. Co-hosts included the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative, Oakland Unified School District and Smart Valley.
Global Youth Summit
An intercultural forum for youth leaders from more than 50 nations to learn and practice systems thinking, project planning, community service, and peer collaboration. The first Global Youth Summit was convened in Rio de Janeiro as part of the Earth Summit that brought together more than 100 heads of state. Two subsequent Youth Summits were convened in San Francisco as part of the State of the World Forum.
A primetime Disney Channel television special, Spaceship Earth explored connections among such themes as climate change, biodiversity, planetary stewardship, and citizen action. The program reached more than ten million people and was recognized with two national Emmy Awards and First Prize at the US Environmental Film Festival. A companion curriculum guide served middle and high school classrooms