It was the inaugural session of The Food Business School (FBS), the new center for executive and graduate education at The Culinary Institute of America. In addition to announcing course details and faculty, the launch signifies a growing urgency to offer solutions to the large-scale global food systems issues we face.
FBS Executive Director and Dean William Rosenzweig invited Greeneroo to the launch of The Food Business School Friday and the Food Hackathon: Friday, February 27, 2015 with a topic of “Nutrition for All”. We loved checking out the new and bold ideas. This couldn’t happen at a better time. Making real food a focus for a hungry city and nation, is essential. So many thoughts, the best supper conversation we have had in awhile:
- Living Walls with food growing for the underserved
- Better distribution
- Combining existing tech with start-ups
- Taking a second look at problems that have been solved and using scaling to create more good
- Developing new ways to grow clean food
- GMOs, seeds, farming, farmers
- Ways to go from mere discussion to action to implementation
This innovative forum occurred at Galvanize, 44 Tehama St., San Francisco which was a suitable and beautiful space for inspired food inspiration and brainstorming. The crowd was electric with ideas, and ready to be let loose on some thorny problems. There was problem solving coaching, and encouragement to keep an “open heart” which really resonates. Anytime you mix corporate power, with small business, and struggling foodies, and clean food startups… there could have been fireworks – but it was collaboration instead.
William, an educator, entrepreneur and social venture investor has dedicated his life to finding healthy and sustainable solutions to food and environmental crises. In addition to founding The Republic of Tea, William is professor at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, managing director at Physic Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in socially responsible business, and has been involved in growing companies such as Odwalla, Stonyfield Farms, Revolution Foods, Yummly and many more.
This event and format is highly recommended, you’ll leave feeling inspired and engaged, with Next Steps and “what ifs” in your head. –the editor