The account of the inaugural Knowledge Cafe held at Le Magasin Lewes on Monday 24th September 2012.
Background to the meeting:
This came about following a chance meeting between a resident of Lewes (Paul J Corney) with Maria Ana Neves one of the co-founders and inspirations behind Plan Zheroes
a citizen led movement to help use surplus food in London.
After a 3 month awareness campaign (use of social media, direct and targeted mailings to schools, centres of worship, publicans, gp groups, charities, volunteer groups, restaurants and hotels), it was decided to hold an open evening (a Knowledge Cafe) to look at what Plan Zheroes had acheived to date in London; whether a need existed in and around Lewes and finally could a Plan Zheroes style operation work here.
It is important to note the tacit and often explicit support of Lewes District Council Officials, Councillors and Transition Town Lewes (a number of whom were at the meeting). Summary:
* Plan Zheroes (PZ) are the 'community noticeboard' of donors and recipients of surplus food. They are not for profit and a core priniciple is that they do not charge either for the acquisition or provision of surplus food.
* In a way they are brokers providing a service that brings parties at all levels of the food supply chain into contact with each other through their interactive map.
* There is a need in and around Lewes: an increasing number of people are struggling and this will be exacerbated by changes in benefits from April 2013. Yet surplus food exists and while great initiatives are already under way many people are unaware of what others are doing and can offer (where the Plan Zheroes map comes in).
* A number of good ideas for sourcing and delivering surplus food emerged. Most of the people who attended were excited by the prospect of using the Plan Zheroes map to help connect donors with recipients.
Maria Ana NevesKnowledge et al team:
Paul J Corney (Catalyst); Ana Aguilar-Corney (Registration & Curator); Joe Offer (
Le Magasin hosts:
Frankie; Maddie; Joe;
Cross section of volunteer groups, street evangelists, gp surgeries, councillors, council officials, leaders of networks and business people. NB Names have been omitted to preserve anonymity.