How to create your own thriving food system

Free online course!

Food systems have the potential to do much more than today....more than just provide food, as efficiently and cheaply as possible. Imagine if food systems could go beyond food supply, and help people, producers & communities thrive. A thriving food system aims at a delivering a more equal & fair system for producers, eaters & the environment, while creating positive benefits for communities, business & industry at the same time.

This free course is a tool to help you to get started building your own thriving food system.

You have the opportunity to create the kind of food system you want. It can start from your area - your town, your region, your network or even your company. Building a thriving food system may seem like a big task if you start from a blank canvas. And that's where this course comes in...

The course captures our learnings from the project, Sustainable Regional Food Systems: Test Case Åland. Through the project, we developed a model for food systems that are circular, people-powered & based on long-term values. In addition, we determined a framework of how to organise the field work & with whom. To help you get started on creating your own food system, this course shares the model, frameworks & learnings from the test case.


  • What's happening in the world around us, what our food systems are like & the problems to overcome
  • Why and how we need to think differently about food systems
  • What is a thriving system, how it is structured and what's needed to create one
  • Practical ideas & tools for developing thriving food systems in your area


This course is for anyone interested in how food systems work, and how they could be better – it’s for the Food Citizen in all of us. This course is not only for those working with food-related issues in agriculture, business, government, research, education or regional development. All of us are eaters every day, first and foremost.


As a supplement to this course, we've written a Playbook designed to deepen your understanding & learnings about thriving food systems (and how to create one). If you're serious about building your own thriving food system or hub, this Playbook provides valuable guidance to start you on your way!

Find out more about the Playbook...

Your Instructor

Johanna Tanhuanpää
Johanna Tanhuanpää

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Want to make sure no rock is left unturned? Johanna is Invenire's most effective digger and sensemaker. She's an expert in translating deep and complex issues into easy-to-understand insights. With a strong passion for sustainability issues, Johanna works on both public and client projects at Invenire.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish! To get the best out of this course, we recommend completing the lessons in order. You can always come back & pick up where you left off!
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Can I share this course with others?
Absolutely! You can invite anyway to take this course. Either share the URL of this page, or use the "share" link on the top left.. They can then enrol and take the free course themselves. If you're wanting to get others on board with the goal of creating a thriving food system, this course provides a valuable tool eduate others & align your understanding.
What can I do after the course?
If you want to dig in further, our website www.hungryforaland.fi contains more information, as well as podcasts discussing learnings from the Åland test case. If you're looking to build your own thriving food hub, the "Hungry for...Playbook" explores the elements of a thriving food system model in more depth. And if you're needing help to get your own thriving food system up & running, Invenire can help. We have a range of services to partner with you, and get your idea off the ground. Get in touch with us a doorbell[at]invenire.fi or visit www.invenire.fi to discuss how we can help - or simply chat further about thriving food systems!

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