There is a lack of interdisciplinary collaboration among academics and practitioners. Knowledge exists within silos. There is no single platform on which different communities of students can curate content within well-defined issues and implement their learning. Thus, fragmented designs and policies do not efficiently meet the needs of many pressing social issues. “ Traditional institutions are failing to tap into the diversity of expertise and experience of individuals and communities, rendering us less able to quickly discover, recognize, implement and scale innovative approaches to pressing problems.” –Beth Noveck Examples Needed: Business & Engineers (Renewable Energy), Medical & Policy (Healthcare) Engineering & Farming (Sustainable Food) “ Teacher education programs must begin to foster in beginning teachers of all disciplines new images of collaboration, involvement, and inquiry - images of classroom environments where students of all cultures enageg in interdisciplinary activities and construct knowledge rooted in their own personal experiences.” (http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/3588142?uid=3739832&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21101693466837) “ Research has shown that the lack of communication and collaboration may be responsible for as much as 70% of the adverse events currently reported.” - Interdisciplinary Collboration for Healthcare Professionals “ We argue that development of a culture supporting collaborative practice is a critical step forward.”
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Rootstock is a digital service learning platform that brings together students from multiple disciplines and countries to collaborate on social issues and implement their learning directly in the field. When innovative thinkers and doers come together from different disciplines, we have the potential to create solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Examples Needed: Business & Engineers (Renewable Energy), Medical & Policy (Healthcare), Engineering, Farming, Policy & Business (Sustainable Food)
Theory of Change. SOCIAL ISSUE CRITERION: Impact: Potential to improve the lives of others with clear objective and measurable impact Application: Different disciplines or locations that could benefit from this knowledge exchange and community engagement Scalability: Growing industry, room for further research and development? DIGITAL SERVICE LEARNING: Theory (multidisciplinary collaboration) + Practice (community engagement) + Reflection (Lessons Learned & Implementation) OUTCOME: More appropriate solutions. Rootstock’s knowledge management capabilities provide the framework to organize and galvanize students to build a meaningful ecosystem of knowledge and service focused on specific social problems.
Rootstock is the overarching service learning platform. Possible curricula include urban ag, transportation or renewable energy. Urban agriculture is the pilot curriculum beginning in Spring 2013. TARGET AUDIENCE (Pilot Urban Agriculture ) Tier 1: Deans, Presidents, or Chancellors of Academic Institutions interested in bridging the practitioner/academic education gap on social issues (phase 1: Urban Agriculture) Professors of Public Policy, Food Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Engineering, or any discipline that would benefit from an cross-cultural, interdisciplinary teaching approach to food sustainability Tier 2: Students interested in urban agriculture, urban planning, public policy, food sustainability or related topics Students with limited access to interdisciplinary education or international exposure Tier 3: Community members passionate about international education, food sustainability in cities, or related fields Community organizers/NGO leaders focused on urban agriculture, participatory/service learning
What is urban agriculture? Why did we choose to focus on this topic? 1.) Impact: Facilitating access to sustainable food sources in our cities creates a ripple effect that helps to address health, poverty, and environmental issues. Access to nutritious, locally grown food not only improves people’s health, but also creates a more eco-friendly community based on sustainable and effective use of urban space. 2.) Application: Ensuring access to nutritious food for all residents is a task that requires the collaboration of many different individuals such as the policy makers, business owners, and famers. The way institutions are structured lends itself to industry based solutions as opposed to interdisciplinary collaboration. 3.) Scalability: Urban Agriculture is a rapidly growing field. In 2010, there were ___ urban farms registered in NYC. Today there are over ____ in NYC alone. PILOT – URBAN AGRICULTURE (ToC) DIGITAL SERVICE LEARNING: Theory (Students from NYU Food Studies & NYU Wagner) + Practice (GrowNYC Community Partner) + Reflection (Curriculum) SOCIAL ISSUE CRITERION: (1) Impact: Facilitating access to sustainable food sources in our cities creates a ripple effect that helps to address health, poverty, and environmental issues. Access to nutritious, locally grown food not only improves people’s health, but also creates a more eco-friendly community based on sustainable and effective use of urban space. (We need clear problem we are trying to address, specific objective & measurable impact, especially needed for framing the curriculum) (2) Application: Ensuring access to nutritious food for all residents is a task that requires the collaboration of many different individuals such as the policy makers, business owners, and famers. The way institutions are structured lends itself to industry based solutions as opposed to interdisciplinary collaboration. (Example needed i.e. 5 million dollars is spent on research on food sustainability from research centers on farming. There are over 2,000 urban farms in NYC alone, yet none of the 5 million dollars spent on this research is going towards practice and not one of the urban farms was used in research.) (3) Scalability: Urban Agriculture is a rapidly growing field. In 2010, there were ___ urban farms registered in NYC. Today there are over ____ in NYC alone. PROBLEM SOLVING: When food is grown and produced within cities, particularly in low-income areas, communities not only become more engaged and empowered by becoming active participants of the food distribution system, but cities become more sustainable, and residents’ health improves. (Outcome needs to be more specific. What measurable/better solution will come from this collaboration and exchange)
Rootstock is/knowledge A rootstock is a plant which already has an established, healthy root system. Buds from other plants are grafted onto rootstocks to create further strong & nourished root systems.
Rootstock is/digital service learning “Local community service goes global”
Rootstock is/collaboration change SOCIAL ISSUE DIGITAL PROBLEM Impact SERVICE SOLVING Application More appropriate Scalability LEARNING solutions
Rootstock is/education User Name Rootstock Implement learning Password Login/Register EXCHANGE NEWS TOPIC: What are current opportunities for urban agriculture expansion? Select class NYU Stern: BUSINESS Univ of Ghana, Poly: ENGINEERING NYU Wagner: POLICY Powered by: VideoX ChatX DISCUSS Post a new question: ResourceX Jackie: I got amazing feedback on creating an irrigation system for my urban farm in Brooklyn from an engineering student.
Rootstock is/exchange Rootstock Implement learning VideoX TOPIC: What are current opportunities for urban agriculture expansion? NYU Wagner: Policy Select class NYU Stern: BUSINESS Univ of Ghana, Poly: ENGINEERING NYU Wagner: POLICY DISCUSSION KEY POINTS: Kermit: First, you should conduct a local survey to determine community unmet needs for food sustainability. Rolf: Great Idea, Kermit. Do you have any suggestions on what type of questions we could include on our survey? Animal: Maybe you could focus the survey on three main topics regarding business, policy, and design logistics.
Rootstock is/teamJacqueline Burton Laura Manley David Margolis Ellen Nadeau Urban Agriculture Founder & Strategy International Education Curriculum Design Advisors Ted Bongiovanni, Director of NYU Distance Learning Shankar Prasad, Policy Professor at NYU Wagner Matthew Hoffman, Urban Agriculture Professor at NYU Food Studies Dept.