Food & Climate Shaper Boot Camps

turning purpose into action and activism into problem solving

The climate crisis is an urgent humanitarian emergency with food as a primary driver.

The FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization) and Future Food Institute have developed award-winning professional training Boot Camps to address and mitigate the climate crisis through the regeneration of agri-food systems.

FFI & FAO Boot Camps

Our Boot Camps identify, train, and engage “Climate Shapers,” by bringing together like-minded individuals from around the world to co-design tangible strategies and innovations to accelerate action on climate and facilitate a societal transition towards the sustainable development framework.

Participants meet expert innovators and get a view of the future with new sustainable and nutritious agri-food models. Organized at inspiring locations, or in a virtual format, they include insights from relevant best practices, startups, spin-offs, and innovative projects.

experiential learning for food sustainability

Leveraging experiential learning methods, Boot Camps include interactive workshops and integrate participants with local communities, using ecosystemeic and prosperity thinking approaches.

For every Boot Camp there will also be a pre-course program based on e-learning material that has been developed by FAO. 

The food system challenges we face today cannot be solved by the approaches and thinking that created them. We need a new ecosystemic mindset and new skills that leverage digital tools for glocal action. We need leaders who understand that everything is connected, achieving sustainable development in one area cannot come at the cost of another. 

Participants learn design thinking and prototyping, they get out in the community to connect with local food heroes, attend events to experience different food cultures, have one-on-one sessions with Food System Mentors, and work on real-life challenges in the culminating Hackathon. 

Boot Camp Locations

The Food and Climate Shaper Boot Camps are conducted both online and at inspiring locations around the world. Both the virtual and in-person formats feature the same challenge-based and interactive learning experience. Explore our upcoming programs below. 

Curriculum

The curriculum is built upon an experiential learning platform that allows participants to engage in an international workshop environment comprised of live experiences, challenges, prototyping exercises, teamwork-based innovation challenges, mentorship sessions, and inspirational talks presented by visionary entrepreneurs, policymakers, innovators, and thought leaders. 

The platform is composed of three distinct training experiences:

Inspiration – To combine learning and innovation to get a view of the future, through the eyes of big visionaries and experts.

Aspiration – To unlock your potential by realizing your ideas, at the side of the doers.

Action – To convert your ideas into action and make a transformation within your communities. 

In addition to the new skills and insights, participants who successfully complete the Boot Camp, and all related activities, will earn a Climate Shaper certificate, from Future Food Institute and FAO eLearning Academy. This certificate can be displayed on your social media profiles and included in your CV. 

Inspirational Speakers

Boot Camp sessions are led by an exceptional collection of innovative, purpose-driven, food system actors from around the world. You will learn from, connect with, and share this experiential journey with innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, chefs, farmers, policymakers, industry leaders, and activists. 

Cohort of Change-Makers

We believe that the best innovation comes from a rich, cross-pollination of ideas and perspectives. These Boot Camps assemble a diverse international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational cohort to facilitate learning and challenge assumptions. 

Youth

The forefront of social movements and social change.

  • Access a global classroom
  • Gain an overview of different disciplines
  • Understand the impact of our actions
  • Decision Makers | Private & public sectors

    Executives and professionals selected by the partners of the initiative.

  • Access the future workforce pool
  • Develop a coopetitive mindset
  • Implement learnings, ideas, and concepts
  • Researchers | Innovators | Change-Makers

    Holders of specific knowledge connected with the curriculum.

  • Access a global network
  • Gain different perspectives on the food system
  • Find potential opportunities for collaboration
  • The journey doesn’t stop at the end of the Boot Camp, our Alumni community remain active through specially curated events and ongoing food conversations with the global Future Food Network. 

    REGENERATION tracks

    Each Boot Camp follows specific thematic tracks with corresponding learning objectives. Some locations, and the Digital Boot Camp, will offer multiple tracks, while others are more focused. 

    recognition

    GoAbroad Award for Most Innovative New Program

    Each year, GoAbroad, a US-based organization working to change lives through meaningful travel, presents awards for innovation and creativity in international education. Selected from among dozens of nominees that highlight exceptional initiatives positively impacting people around the world through international education, we are honored to have our Digital Boot Camp recognized with this award.

    Future Food and FAO are grateful to our dedicated team, instructors, speakers, hosts, mentors, and amazing partners who have enabled us to continue delivering this valuable program. Read the press release. 

    READY TO BECOME A CLIMATE SHAPER?

    Visit our events calendar to see when the next one is happening or email us with any questions.

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