Co-designing a Pathway through Food Revolution for Social Change


Zayed University, Dubai, UAE

Yunsun Chung-Shin (PI) Co-PI: Carole Ayoub Moubareck, Haleama Al Sabbath, Munawwar Khan, Saifeddin Al-Imamy, and Sreepoorna Unni. Research Assistant: Almanar Albastaki, Debbie Stewart, Faiza Abbas, Fatma Lahej, Niloofar Rouhani, Rajaa Bokhari, Rabab AlHaddad, and Shirin Mehri

Contributors: Amy Fehilly, Arif Mohammed, Joanne Renux, Jeffery Verbeen, Lucil Korwin, Martin Marchetti, Paul Mconkey, Suhail Alghfeli, Rose Barrcliffe, Vijaya Chekamani.

KULNA Garden Community consists of students, faculty, staffs, KULNA student club, gardeners, volunteers, focus group, collaborators, and consultants.

Gardeners: Mohammed Arif, Md Sarwar, Mohammed Abuzar, Ishaque Ahmed, Shamasuddin, Gada Hussain, Chinnaya, Shabir, Ahmed, Deanna, Abbas Ali, and Latif Khan



The ME=WE Pathway Giga Map presents action research titled Co-Designing Food Revolution for Social Change at Zayed University, UAE. It attempted to capture a visual narrative of the research process facilitated by ME=WE framework development.

It aims to strengthen the process of ‘individual capacity building’ leading to ‘collective capacities’ to contribute to positive social change in a path of service. The concept creation and development of the ME=WE framework (integrating Mobius Strip, Panarchy, Two Moral Purpose, Permaculture Principles, and Theory U) and the application (how it was applied to the action research) are the two main areas.

The map structured in 6 columns:

1) A proposed model
2) Supporting theories and practices
3) ME=WE pathway in a single at the top and multiple expansion process at the bottom
4) Individual Capacity Building in ME (EGO) Integration Process to WE (ECO)
5) Action Research Timeline visualizing unfolding activities and impact in three pillars of the project: Inclusivity, Zero-Waste, and Well-Being from Action-Reflection perspectives
6) Top – Prototyping Future with envisioning a social enterprise biz model, Middle – ME (EGO) Integration Process to WE (ECO), and Bottom – Groundwork to validate assumptions and further understanding of systems and stakeholders using Systemic Design Toolkit.


Author. (2020). Article title. In Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD9) 2020 Symposium. India, October 9-17, 2020.

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Posted Oct-2020


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