NWEI’s self-led discussion courses are designed to spark shared learning, shared stories, and shared action. Each course book also includes tips and guidelines to help facilitators organize a course.

A detailed list of articles and resources included in the Menu For the Future course book are available in the Table of Contents.

Participants read each week’s material (which may include brief articles, book excerpts and/or links to online content) on their own. During each session, group members take turns facilitating by leading others through discussion questions provided in the course book.

“The structure and content of the class was surprisingly intimate. I guess I had grown accustomed to sitting in rows facing a teacher. Sitting at the Menu for the Future table is the metaphoric equivalent to sitting at a dinner table. We are feasting on ideas—about sustainability, food, nature, family, love, imbalance, and tragedy. The participants become storytellers and the stories we share are about our families and food.”

– Ronnah Metz, Educator

Sample Discussion Questions

  • Consider Marion Nestle’s outline of seven strategies food companies use to encourage us to eat more. Which of these, if any, are you most influenced by?
  • What do you see as your personal trade-offs when choosing convenience foods?
  • Do you view eating as a political act?

To preview a short discussion activity drawing from this course, please fill out this request form.