Network Learning 

People may have only so much direct contact and experience with the Centre. The Centre's primary role can be to inspire, stimulate and support learning that will then have to be a personal challenge for every person to continue with after leaving the Centre. That is why ongoing contact with other people, including the Centre‚Äôs personnel, affiliated experts and supporters is so essential for the process of spreading the concepts of food sustainability and growth of the new sustainable food culture. The Centre will have no control over such a spontaneous process and that is the way it should be. It can only be one of many contributors to the movement and, hopefully, a significant one. The whole food sustainability movement is what counts. 

There is great advantage in the formation of such spontaneous networks interested and committed to some specific purpose and goals. With the advances in communication technologies and social media, new social structures can appear. These are sometimes called leaderless organizations and they can demonstrate a very high level of resilience when facing challenges and threats to their goals and even existence.

Formation of such spontaneous networks will be very important for the cause. Any structured organization that promotes new ideas that are contrary to what the dominating systems stand for, as the Centre will be, can be a possible target of criticism and even more aggressive forms of pressure and interference. The leaderless networks focusing on a specific purpose, built through personal contacts and connected via the internet are resistant to such pressures. When it comes to food, nobody (still) can dictate what people do in their households. The new ideas about sustainable food, about connections between food and health, a new sustainable food culture and the food system can circulate and grow through such networks. That is the only way in which these ideas will spread. 

The Centre can play a significant role by focusing interest and defining the overall purpose of such networks which we see as claiming our most basic democratic right to decide what food we want to eat and to be able to acquire such foods without breaking any laws or regulations. It is the well known strength of internet-connected networks to organize their actions whether for the exchange of ideas or learning, but also to take common actions which may happen both, over the Internet but also in person. That may be very important as the progress towards building the new sustainable food culture progresses and growing understanding of the food-health connections makes more impact on our public lives. 

Networks that are at least partially inspired by the Centre can also help participants to build their skills and knowledge about sustainable food and particularly about processing, preserving and preparation (cooking). According to our belief, we all are learners and we all are teachers. That may show to be true within social networks than for any other form of learning. People may get together to share what they know but they may also share a lot of information on-line, asking and answering questions and consequently learning. 

The Starfish and the Spider. The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations. by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom