Marion Nestle wrote a blog post dated August 1, 2012 titled, "Growing the food movement: lists of advocacy groups." Her first two sentences read, "Whenever I give a talk, someone in the audience invariably asks how to get involved in food advocacy. My suggestion is usually to go online and look for local groups working on issues of interest or, if lucky enough to have a nearby Edible magazine, read the ads."

Marion goes on to say Vivian Wang, an undergraduate at NYU, asked that very question after one of her talks. She volunteered to start doing some preliminary work by attempting to identify local and national food advocacy groups. It didn’t take her long to discover the enormity of that task.

Many people would like to get involved in food advocacy on some level. A multitude WOULD get involved, if there were an online site where they could access the information they seek, easily, all in one spot.

What if everyone who identified with the food movement was able to create a brief...
Marion Nestle wrote a blog post dated August 1, 2012 titled, "Growing the food movement: lists of advocacy groups." Her first two sentences read, "Whenever I give a talk, someone in the audience invariably asks how to get involved in food advocacy. My suggestion is usually to go online and look for local groups working on issues of interest or, if lucky enough to have a nearby Edible magazine, read the ads."

Marion goes on to say Vivian Wang, an undergraduate at NYU, asked that very question after one of her talks. She volunteered to start doing some preliminary work by attempting to identify local and national food advocacy groups. It didn’t take her long to discover the enormity of that task.

Many people would like to get involved in food advocacy on some level. A multitude WOULD get involved, if there were an online site where they could access the information they seek, easily, all in one spot.

What if everyone who identified with the food movement was able to create a brief searchable profile that would detail their involvement, goals and social media links? This enormous, unattainable task for one, could be user-generated content on one site, a crowd-sourced searchable database that would organize the vast movement, and the many smaller movements in a united front. Marion's blog post says she was asked a more complicated question, why don’t all those organizations get together? If they did, they would form a major political force. With such a platform, organizing doesn't seem a complicated feat.

Since reading this blog post in 2012, overseeing creation of such a platform, has become my passionate calling. In my life, I have been called a "connector" and it is my desire to connect the food movement and all its allies, big and small. The food movement is more connected today than it was in 2012, yet it baffles me that no one to date, has created the platform I envision.

One special aspect of the site would be the inclusion of users who are new to the movement or who minimize their efforts as a conscious consumer. The site would be inclusive of individuals making smaller ripples as well as all those groups making big waves.

Role Pie would be a user-generated, searchable profile directory of the individuals and groups vested in the food movement. Supporting the movement and discovering the overwhelming work being done, will be easy as pie, if Role Pie is a part of FOOD-X Fall 2015!
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