Think Sustainable: Jodie Harburt, Cooking Up Dialogue

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"Our food, our planet and our future" The first guest of our Think Sustainable program, prepared and presented by Gül Ulu, was Jodie Harburt co-founder of Cooking Up Dialogue. We talked about how Cooking Up Dialogue is related to Terra Madre, Slow Food, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) with an emphasis on food security, human rights, women empowerment, and strengthening collective power by building bridges among individuals.

Terra Madre is a global platform conceived by Slow Food Organization. As Jodie Harburt mentioned in the interview, it’s an umbrella network which provides opportunities for small food producers and Cooking Up Dialogue is one of the organizations under that umbrella. Within Cooking Up Dialogue, Jodie and her project partners have been carrying out social gastronomy projects that bring individuals including not only women but also gender fluid, non-binary, transgender individuals together so that they can share their recipes and the stories behind them with each other.

Jodie Harburt noted: “The fascinating thing about bringing people from different cultures, heritages and backgrounds together is that we all see that the differences- instead of being a cause to a conflict- provide incredible diversity and richness to the table.”

The Cooking Up Dialogue celebrates diversity and simplicity of food. as Jodie Harburt highlighted: “We all eat, and we all have a story”.

During the program, it was also noted that everything is interrelated, and environmental justices and social justices are the same. In Jodie’s exact words, Cooking Up Dialogue is “a project that provides the possibility to connect those problems and their solutions. To solve these problems, we need to overcome polarization which prevents policymakers from making the right decisions; and the voices of feminine and minorities have to rise for the entirety society.

“Our food, our planet, our future”

The first episode guest of the Think Sustainable program, prepared and presented by Gül Ulu, a member of the Sustainability Steps Association, was Cooking Up Dialogue co-founder Jodie Harburt. In the program, the relationship of the Cooking Up Dialogue Project with Terra Madre, Slow Food and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) was discussed in terms of food safety, human rights, women’s empowerment, collective empowerment by building bridges between individuals.

Terra Madre, a global platform designed by the Slow Food Organization, is an umbrella platform that provides opportunities for small food producers, as Jodie Harburt points out. Cooking Up Dialogue is one of the organizations under this umbrella. Within the scope of the project, Jodie and its partners carry out social gastronomy projects where not only women but also LGBTI + people come together and recipes and stories about these recipes are shared.

Referring to an alternative perception of differences, Jodie Harburt said, “The fascinating thing about bringing people from different cultures, heritage and backgrounds together is that we can see that differences bring incredible diversity and richness to the table rather than causing a conflict. Cooking Up Dialogue celebrates variety and its simplicity. “We all eat and we all have a story.”

Finally, it was stated in the program that everything is interrelated, environmental justice and social justice are the same. Jodie said: “The Cooking Up Dialogue Project provides the opportunity to bring problems and solutions together. To tackle current problems, we need to overcome the polarization that prevents policy makers from making the right decisions, and raise the voices of women and minorities for the whole society. “

True communication is learning as much as teaching

Communication for Purposes Baris Dogru Ekoiq Magazine

The media, which helps people to create and support ideas, also appears as a power that directs the society. It affects the way we behave. It is changing the traditional roles and operations of institutions. Providing accurate and solution-oriented information, designing and presenting media formats that have the potential to influence people play an important role in promoting changes in society.

With the power of communication, we can establish civilizations, create new spaces, change the existing order, and provide solutions to social problems. At the summit held in Rio in 2012, problems such as poverty, inequalities, and climate crisis were collected under the title of Sustainable Development Goals and the solution of these problems was aimed until 2030. The more visible and talkative we make the solutions, the more we can encourage governments, public and private sector institutions to be responsible, and the closer we get to the solutions of the problems. So, how will we communicate to make these solutions visible? Turkey’s first sustainability-focused, green business and lifestyle magazine Editor in Chief EKOIQ should pay attention to what we asked for effective communication of Peace Towards sustainability communicators.

“Sustainability has a very complex theoretical and practical background”

In fact, the answer to this question is not as complex as it might seem. Whatever a true communicator needs to pay attention to, just pay attention to them. The real problem; I think it lies in our lack of a proper, meaningful, contemporary and true answer to what a true communicator should pay attention to.

It might sound like a complicated answer, but it’s actually not. The root of this answer lies in my understanding of sustainability. So let’s open this up a little bit …

Sustainability has a very complex theoretical and practical background. I say past, but nothing goes. This complexity is not only a problem of the past but also of the present, as it has not been well analyzed and analyzed.

Transmission or communication?

My answer is plain and simple: Sustainability is the search for an answer to the huge problems that civilization posed but could not solve. Hence, the effort to respond to all of the deeds of humanity, the problems between itself and nature (which also breed each other), and therefore the effort to define and create a new civilization. You can see this better when you look at the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Apart from these 17 goals, does civilization have a problem? No, because these purposes are too extensive to leave anything out.

Therefore; There is a separate problem in each part of a civilization whose foundations and assumptions are rotten. Communication is one of them (whether individual, citizen to citizen, institutional, institutions to individuals, or institutions to institutions). We are talking about “Communication”, which plays an important role in creating a new modern civilization by getting rid of the traditional structures of humanity. From this great humanitarian action, which is called communication, but actually often happens as “transmission.” In fact, even when you look at it only grammatically, the fact that the name of this field is “communication” not “transmission” is sufficient to show that reciprocity, interaction and dialogue are essential and indispensable features.

But the word is one thing, the job is different. A whole history of communication can be read as a history of monologues in this sense. It has been the science of developing “silver bullets” that will hit, deceive and persuade the target audience, the main body of communication. The point we have come together with the propagandists, spin doctors, PRs and advertisers of this communication world, who knit a steel armor so that the words of critical thoughts and trends do not leave the slightest trace, is a planet struggling with 1.5 degrees warming in the physical field, inter-human beings. In the relationship, there was “post-truth” unfortunately… What else could be left of so much lies and manipulation!

Our subject is human!

So the first question is, “What should communicators pay attention to for effective sustainability communication?” Even if we exclude “sustainability” from the question, not much changes. Maybe we can even throw away the “effective”. The question is easier to understand: What should we pay attention to for communication?

Maybe we can start by realizing that there are subjects in front of us… By understanding that people are not passive objects to take pills. Therefore, by realizing that our work is based on dialogue, not monologue… And then with the fact that we don’t know everything right; Perhaps we can continue by realizing that our truths do not have to be everyone’s truth.

Then maybe we can see that people (employees, consumers, stakeholders, civil society, citizens, whatever you put in here) can have knowledge and experience above our estimates when the right tools and channels are created.

Therefore, we can perhaps see at this point that communication is not a constantly speaking mouth, but an ear that can listen and understand very carefully. I think it is possible for us to see that a true communication is learning as well as teaching.

And at the end of this whole journey, maybe new horizons may open before us. And in those new horizons, maybe we can start talking at another level about employee or customer engagement, innovation, sustainability, efficiency and reputation. And maybe the real work will start then, when we can really communicate…

Views expressed here Sustainability Steps Association belongs to. Hence in no way Consulate General of the Netherlands can not be considered as official opinions of.

The guest of the Sustainability Agenda will be Salim Kadıbeşegil, Founder of RepMan Reputation Research Center

Sustainability Steps Association, Turkey and reputation management in the world, corporate governance, sustainability, brand identity in areas such as information sharing and aimed at the accurate transfer of information RepMan Reputation Research Center founder and Advisory Board Member Salim Kadıbeşegil welcomes.

In today’s conditions, it is very important how brands deal with the concepts of “brand reputation” and “reputation management” so that they can stand out in the global market and gain consumer trust and loyalty. During the pandemic, brands found that they had to understand changing consumer behavior and adapt their brand strategies to new conditions. While some institutions successfully managed their reputation with their attitudes, approaches to the agenda and the bond they established with the consumer during this period, some institutions damaged the brand reputation with critical marketing mistakes.

The Sustainability Agenda, where we will talk about the relationship of reputation with sustainability, the individual and institutional changes brought about by the pandemic process, and the “new normal that should be” after the epidemic, is on our Sustainability Steps Association Youtube channel on Monday, December 17, 2020.

We expect everyone to our event.

Communication for Goals Project Starts

Communication for Goals Sustainability Steps Association Netherlands

As the Sustainability Steps Association, we implement Communication for Goals project with the support of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Communication for Goals project starts in order to identify the problems accurately in the focus of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), to make visible the generated solutions to the problems, to establish communication networks in order to access the right information and to follow current affairs.

We designed the Communication for Goals project to promote independent journalism among the university students in communications related departments such as journalism, radio television, art and design. With the project, young people will be able to follow the changes experienced in the transition to the knowledge economy, see the processes that lead to these changes, understand how the experts deal with the issues and benefit from their experiences.

They will be able to find clues on how to relate the news content with the Sustainable Development Goals in order to approach the problems experienced with a holistic perspective through workshops.

Young people will meet the NGOs and independent media outlets and produce written and visual content voluntarily for these institutions.

Details of the program and applications will be announced soon.

We have completed the Digital Transformation for NGOs Project.

Digital Transformation for NGOs Sivil Dusun

Sustainability Steps Association has implemented the Digital Transformation for NGOs project within the scope of the European Union Sivil Düşün Programme.

Non-governmental organizations and social cooperatives operating in Turkey has severely affected by the epidemic. 29% of them had to stop their activities due to the epidemic. They canceled their events such as seminars, conferences and trainings. They postponed their advocacy work and campaigns.

Considering that NGOs were ignored during the epidemic and were at risk; we as Sustainability Steps Association implemented the Digital Transformation for NGOs project within the scope of the European Union Sivil Düşün Programme.

Our aim was to increase the digital knowledge and skills of NGOs and cooperatives, to transfer their seminars, training and workshops to the online platforms and to ensure that they produce effective visual, audio and written content for digital media.

40 NGOs and social cooperatives working in the fields of gender, disability, human rights, youth and environment from 22 cities in Turkey has attended the training program.

  • • They acquired a knowledge of how to use event, training and meeting tools more efficiently and effectively.
  • • They became aware of social media and digital media tools that would increase their visibility.
  • • They accessed digital tools that they can use free of charge for non-profit organizations.
  • They learned about creating and managing a campaign strategy.
  • • They received training on how to write a press release and how to prepare an effective e-bulletin.
  • • They also had the opportunity to share the digital tools they are using with each other.

Introductory videos of the 8 NGOs were prepared and presented them for their use.

We focus on solutions rather than problems with Solutions Workshop

Solutions workshop for sustainable development goals

We transferred the Solutions Workshop that we have been conducting since 2016 to digital and we realized our project with participants from different cities of Turkey.

The Solutions Workshop aims that the participants find solutions to existing environmental and social problems by focusing on their areas of interests and expertise. Participants are enabled to experience how they can find solutions to the problems they see around them. With the workshop that aiming to mobilize individuals and institutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), participants understand the link between the 17 SDGs, produces high-impact solutions to the problems that they identify in line with their interests and expertise and find the opportunity to apply the solutions they produce.

On 19 May the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day, we took part in the Gameathon Youth program with our Solutions Workshop organized by Öğrenme Tasarımları We produced solutions to the surrounding problems, determined their action steps, and linked the solutions to the SDGs with young people. We carried out our Solutions Workshop with teachers in Muğla on May 28, 2020.

We did a Solutions Workshop with the volunteers of the Young Red Crescent Zeytinburnu Branch, focusing on environmental problems within the scope of the World Environment Day.

We were at the Informatics and Digital Transformation Workshop organized by Tepebaşı Municipality

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We attended the Informatics and Digital Transformation Workshop where Tepebaşı Municipality brought together academicians, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector and public representatives on June 28, 2019.

President of Sustainability Steps Association, Emrah Kurum performed a presentation titled “Effective Digital Transformation Steps” at the opening of the Workshop. He clarified identifying the problems correctly, associating the identified problems with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), how we can use digitalization to produce solutions to the problems and proposal model and inspiring digitization clusters from world on the creation of clusters by bringing together different specialties.

IBM Turkey and Middle East Public Projects Deputy General Manager, İhsan Müderrisoğlu shared his knowledge and experience by “Digitized Public and Its Projects” presentation with participants and Tepebaşı Municipality Information Technologies Manager, Suat Yalnızoğlu gave information about the municipality activites in the field of informatics in his presentation.