what do we stand for?
We engage people in the food systems to collaborate for social change.
Connected and strengthened Social Gastronomy communities all over the world working towards an equitable future, inclusive society and a healthy planet.
Service - The desire to make a contribution that will improve society as a whole. We are all part of a community that is larger than ourselves and, as such, have a responsibility to give back and show appreciation for what enables us to succeed. Not only does this allow ourselves and our individual communities to thrive; it also contributes to the health and sustainability of our planet. This principle involves each member of each community asking themselves not only what they can gain from the community, but also how they can give back to it.
Collaboration - The desire to work with and learn from others to co-create a better future for everyone. No man is an island: We know that we are more successful and effective when we work together, share best practices with one another, and lift each other up. Collaboration and partnerships also increase our own visibility and make it more likely we will succeed on an individual level. This principle drives the constant generation of ideas and innovation that push the Movement forward.
Gratitude - The desire to give thanks and be optimistic in our mission. We must appreciate what we have and the opportunities we have been given—and we must regularly show this appreciation. Rather than highlighting “the problem” in what we do or where we live, we must look for “the possibilities” and the areas in which we can work to make our world a better place. This principle guides us to make change that will help everyone in our communities rather than seeking self-promotion or self-improvement alone.
Equity - The desire for everyone to be part of the process and included in the Movement. We all bring something to the table: Everyone—regardless of level of education, skill, knowledge, location, or background—can contribute to co-create a better, more inclusive, and healthier planet. No one should be excluded; no one is better than or more capable than anyone else. This principle promotes equal access to opportunities for all.