Noted Ag and Natural Resource Leaders Join Ag Innovations Board of Directors

We are elated to announce the addition of three highly respected leaders in the field of natural resource management to the Ag Innovations Board of Directors. Joining the Board are climate scientist Juliet Christian-Smith, PhD from the Union of Concerned Scientists, retired USEPA water expert Jovita Pajarillo, and natural resources management consultant Mark Rentz. Juliet Christian-Smith, PhD […]

Tips for Successful Collaboration Kick-off Events

I recently had the pleasure of facilitating one of my favorite kinds of meetings – a kick-off for a new collective action project. The topic was habitat conservation for monarch butterflies and pollinators in the state of Missouri and the mission was to bring key players together to co-create a first-ever collaborative statewide conservation strategy. These […]

A Strategic, Connected, and Adaptive California Water Action Plan

In California’s multiple responses to the drought, there is one key initiative that remains relatively unknown: the California Water Action Plan (Plan).1,2 The Plan calls for coordinated action to address the dynamic and interconnected challenges faced by the state’s water system. Thus far, our ability to resolve these challenges has not kept pace with the increase […]

Better meetings as simple as 1, 2, 3

Better meetings are our specialty, but you do not need to be an expert for your meetings to shine. In fact, we have three simple ideas that help guide our meeting design process and we invite you to try them. 1. Great meetings must always start with a clear statement of what results you are striving for. We […]

Welcome to our New Look!

Welcome to the new Ag Innovations! Formerly known as Ag Innovations Network, we’ve dropped the Network to put Innovation at the forefront of our name and public face. With fifteen years of experience focusing on the singular purpose of building a better food system through collaboration, our new and improved website repackages this history via an easier navigation that allows […]

Ag Innovations Adds Stellar Expertise to our Facilitation Team

Ag Innovations is pleased to announce the additions of Brooking Gatewood and Genevieve Taylor as Senior Facilitators. Joining Ag Innovations President Joseph McIntyre on the facilitation team, Brooking and Genevieve bring diverse expertise in social innovation labs, coalition-building, organizational development, and meeting and conference design and facilitation. Brooking Gatewood comes to us after a decade […]

But Is It Systems Change?

We use the term systems change a lot. It is what gets us up in the morning and keeps us going through the long weekends. But what is it and how do we know we are doing it? Daniel Kim, in his excellent Introduction to Systems Thinking, described a system as “any group of interacting, interrelated, or […]