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FEWSION for Community Resilience Network™ (F4R™)

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What F4R™ Is

Led by Northern Arizona University’s School of Informatics and Computer and Cyber Systems and the Center for Science Teaching and Learning, FEWSION for Community Resilience™ is a facilitated participatory process designed to improve community resilience and expand capacity for managing critical supply chains. F4R™ builds the capacity of communities, private organizations, engaged citizens, management professionals, and community leaders to manage their supply chains and support social and physical infrastructures. F4R™ helps solve problems in resilience, environmental sustainability, emergency management, business continuity, and public communication. F4R™ complements existing processes for planning, sustainability, and resilience by adding data-driven supply chain and systems-level information.

F4R™ is a 3-6 month Process of Collaboration that Focuses on Learning, Research, and Action to Build Individual and Organizational Capacity for Resilience

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Who F4R™ is for

University InstructorsThe F4R™ curriculum is a multidisciplinary project-based course that helps upper-division or graduate students build data collection, visualization, and community engagement skills that promote real-world applications of sustainability, food, energy, and water security, emergency management, community planning, and understanding of natural-human coupled systems. Curriculum Textbook | Table of Contents | Sample Syllabus
Emergency Management PractitionersF4R™ is aligned with the FEMA Supply Chain Resilience guide and 5-year planning process to improve situational awareness of supply chains that support community lifelines. F4R™ can be used to improve connections with key stakeholders, and inform planning decisions.
Non-profit Organizations and BusinessesF4R™ works with leaders from critical organizations like regional food banks and local food, energy, and water providers to leverage and visualize data to improve needs assessments, inform funders and stakeholders, demonstrate the value that an organization brings to the community, and aids in business continuity and supply chain resilience planning.
Local Government Sustainability and PlanningF4R™ provides foundational data for a city's freight infrastructure, self-sufficiency, local food, and scope I, II, and III environmental footprints to inform data-driven policy.
Engaged Citizens and Elected OfficialsBring powerful supply chain data and visual communication to bear on your community's problems through a structured facilitated process.

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For Prospective Facilitators

Faculty, staff, or community leaders who would like to implement F4R™

For Participants

Students, Volunteers, Interns, or Staff who would like to participate in F4R™ in their community

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The F4R™ Curriculum Textbook

F4R Curriculum textbook coverThis text is a guide for participants in the F4R™ process. It contains suggested activities and content that promote learning, research, and action focused on supply chains. It includes key references, activities, and visual intended to help promote systems thinking, collaborative problem solving, and productive discourse through engagement between and leadership by community stakeholders. It is intended for a diverse set of participants and includes material ranging from introductory to expert. See resources below, purchase the text at the Lulu Bookstore, or learn more here.

Note that if you are planning to be an F4R Facilitator/Instructor, then you will receive a copy of this text during the mandatory F4R Facilitator Training. Learn more about becoming an F4R Facilitator here.

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