As is always the case with events like these, the biggest outcome for me was reigniting the fire that inspires work in agriculture and environment. Getting a group of leaders in their fields like that together to share their ideas, techniques, and inner fire always brings further understanding and ideas for innovative solutions.
|This guy's outfit was better than his presentation. It happens.|
|Crowd favorite, crushin' it.|
|My friend Paul listening dutifully after a long day.|
I also experienced some Sciences-Po PTSD in the aforementioned afternoon workshop, which was about the dissemination of agro-ecology practices at the social and institutional level. The conversation was lofty, conceptual, and at times very hard to follow for a non-native speaker of crappy french (much like every moment of every day at Sciences Po Paris in 2009- shouts out!) I was a little jealous of my friends who'd attended the other workshops and talked about concrete, real things like compost and cow poop. But hey, thus is the fate of the francophony foodie-enviro-student of social sciences.
I've also been sitting in on some middle school courses, which is wildly humbling. I miss the way my brain worked before college and the internet.
I'm grateful for all the learning I've been able to do lately.