Case Studies


Future Food Institute Global Mission 2018

On 6-7 March this year, impactRI attended the Nesta ‘Challenges of our Era’ summit in Milan. The keynote speakers provided insights into Surgical Equity, Agriculture & Food production, and Data for Good – with delegates attending workshops on crucial topics such as ‘Feeding the 10 billion’.

Amongst a fascinating network of experts and researchers, we met Sara Roversi, Keynote speaker and Founder of the Future Food Institute based in Bologna. As a result, we were kindly invited to visit the Future Food Institute in June where we marvelled at the way they have regenerated a beautiful part of Bologna’s old city with their Scuderia community food lab and pop-up restaurant; their ground-breaking university programmes; and their holistic approach to education for responsible and sustainable food aimed at: future innovators, students, entrepreneurs, start-ups, communities, children and businesses.

At impactri, we believe in global responsibility, sustainability and ethical business practices and so we offered the Future Food Institute the free use of our QIARK system on their FIGM 18 world tour. Our aim was to show that, by using the QIARK system, it was possible for FIGM 18 to:

1.      Collect innovative ideas from the participants of conferences, tours and meetings in natural language

2.      Identify the ideas/solutions which the attendees found to be the most important

3.      Produce prioritisation and actionable results from the findings

4.      Instigate a funding model that could finance:

  • future tours
  • investment into the solutions provided by the key note speakers or their organisations
  • the use of QIARK for operational and problem solving by corporate sponsors/partners

We had already partnered with Wazoku with whom we share a synergy, and so we asked them to provide us with the use of their platform as an information hub and ‘gateway’ in order for FIGM18 to use QIARK. impactRI then built a specifically designed interface on Wazoku for FIGM 18 which showed where the delegation was at a given time, what their objectives were, and the links for the use of QIARK for each specific, global location. Following the use of QIARK for idea collection, impactRI and the Future Food Institute then organised a global, ‘Digital Meetup’ where QIARK was used to ascertain which solutions were considered the most pressing. Naturally, this was a lot of work for us at impactRI, but we were happy to do it – for FIGM 18 and for the showcasing of our QIARK system.

When the tour was completed, FIGM18 produced a 20 page report; from pages 12-20 you will find the various QIARK reports that we produced from the many QIARK interactions provided by the QIARK participants:

For even more data and information, see these fully interactive reports where clusters open up to show every individual idea submitted from around the world, highlighting that with QIARK – no voice is left unheard. This data provides for further ‘drilling down’, granulisation and research.

It has long been asked  by those who fund them, ‘How can you prove the value of summits, conferences or meetings?’ We believe the use of QIARK proves their value – by providing such meetings with an actionable agenda and probability matrixes to gauge the likelihood of success.