Jonathan J. Halperin
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Jonathan J. Halperin keynotes at the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit

Leaders, change agents and entrepreneurs from the business, academic, nonprofit and government sectors gather June 14-16 at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Greyston Social Enterprise — Using Inclusion to Generate Profits and Social Justice The Successful and Achievable Open Hiring Model

Today is the day we each need to decide: Do we want a society that is more inclusive or more exclusive? That is the question asked and answered by this small bakery with a great, big mission. (By Mike Brady, Chief Executive Officer & Jonathan J. Halperin, Head of External Affairs)

The Impact of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity in the Workplace

Jonathan J. Halperin joins a panel to offer iinsights on what being an inclusive company means, why it matters and what you can do to bring diversity to your organization. (May 15; Washington, DC; Free, Registration Required)

A Peak Behind the Curtain

When is it worth protecting a wetland or enacting a new safety regulation? Writ large, what is the role of government in promoting and protecting public welfare? Regardless of our political orientation in this dizzying presidential election season, few would oppose basic government standards for electrical wiring in our homes or in the service of food safety, right? But how much is enough or too much?

Teach Food!

From an idea in a living room six years ago, Mundo Verde PCS has grown into a nurturing environment for 538 students in Washington, DC, with two buildings, cisterns, raised vegetable beds, and nearly 100 full-time staff. It is a school, yet so much more. Serving students from PreK – 4th grade, Mundo Verde is an Ashoka Changemaker School and recipient of the Secretary of Education’s Green Ribbon School award. I am honored to have been involved as a founding board member and now as designer and champion of the TeachFood! program.

Trust and Risk: A Key Challenge for Today’s Leaders

Five years ago today, as the consequences of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown were still emerging, The New York Times published my letter observing that “trust comes not from repeated and paternalistic proclamations of success, but rather from the humble admission of mistakes followed by demonstrable changes in behavior and attitude.”

What Does Change Look Like?

Across the American presidential campaign landscape, change might look like a neo-fascist with a toupee, a scrappy septuagenarian democratic socialist, or the familiar face of a woman who might become our first female president. Quite a spectacle we present to the world.

A Tough Year Is Ahead For Chipotle

"If Chipotle is going to continue to provide an alternative model to processed, industrial food, it needs to also be at the forefront of creating systems to support that new approach, such as offering its employees paid sick days. Chipotle and its customers are now paying the price for leadership not having made that connection for 20-years before offering paid sick-leave in 2015.” - Jonathan J. Halperin quoted in Forbes (January 6, 2016)

Monday Monday

Pondering the categories and labels that we come to accept as fixed and true.

Where’s The Pork?

Chipotle lost about one-third of its pork supply early in 2015 and signs popped-up in roughly 500 restaurants announcing that “carnitas” was unavailable. From the corporate HQ, PR Director Chris Arnold positioned his company’s handling of this supply shortfall as evidence that it stands behind its brand that promises “food with integrity.” Indeed, Chipotle did the right thing in deciding to curtail purchases from a supplier that violated its animal welfare pledges and in refusing to substitute substandard product to make up for that shortfall. But...

From Inspired Talk to Concrete Outcomes

Beginning with a presentation at the FMI/GMA Sustainability Summit in August, I’ve been engaged for months in an intense set of ongoing conversations about food: past, present, and future.

Language and Sustainability for the 21st Century Food System

The words we use reflect the extent to which our thinking is clear or muddled. Speaker after speaker at The New York Times conference at Stone Barns on Food for Tomorrow spoke to the issue of words and meaning.

Creating a 21st Century Food System

As we recover from our annual Halloween sugar binge, worth $2.4 billion to the candy industry, rumblings of change can be heard from every corner of the food system.

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Food Conference

I led a discussion on sugar and public health with Rob Lustig, Laurie David, Emily Luchetti and Cindy Gershen.

Icons Die Hard

“Fresh as the month of May” is how Philip Morris introduced the iconic Marlboro Man in 1955, based on a photograph of a real cowboy from Life Magazine.

Are Borders History?

From earthquakes and mudslides in Chile, Japan and California; from droughts across America’s fruit and vegetable heartland; to flooding in Pakistan and creeping lava in Hawaii as well as a smoking volcano in Iceland; from killings in Ferguson, Missouri, to the Russian invasion of Ukraine; from the collapse of the state in Libya and the rise of the Islamic State across the Middle East; from Gaza to the Golan Heights one could be forgiven for feeling that things are coming unstuck.

Reflections on Sugar

I really like sugar. I know too much sugar is bad for me. FedUp, the new movie, is very sobering.

The Sustainability Trajectory

In 2012, a little bakery just north of New York City became the first business licensed in New York State as a Benefit Corporation. (External Blog, The Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation)

Sustainable Living or Survival of the Fittest?

This year’s CERES conference in Boston was provocative and challenging -- as it should be in celebration of 25 years of creative, innovative, and collaborative advocacy to bring greater openness and accountability to corporate behavior. And it is behavior, of course, that needs to change; openness and accountability are only the tools of the trade in modifying corporate practices.

Risks over Time

Since participating recently in the UN Investor Summit on Climate Risk, and in preparing for the Sustainable Land & Water Program Expert Workshop in Amsterdam on Friday, I’ve been thinking more about risk as fundamental conceptual framework for making meaningful comparisons and connections.

2014 A Happy New Year

I am comforted by the awareness that changes we dismiss as inconceivable are often viewed by historians as having been inevitable. A Happy New Year might thus include news of the following momentous changes.

What Does 48 Million Hungry People Look Like?

48 million Americans struggle with hunger. 48 million names. 48 million stories. How have we let this happen? America's better than this.

"What is Hunger?" and "Hunger In Our Backyard"

Video for the first two morning panels of The James Beard Foundation 2013 Food Conference (The Paradox of Appetite: Hungering for Change, Oct. 21-22) appears below. For the entire two-day's proceedings, visit the James Beard Foundation's 3013 Food Conference video channel.

Big Data Might Live Next Door

With more than 47,000,000 Americans only able to buy their next meal because they are on SNAP, formerly Food Stamps, one wonders where these people live. 47 million sure sounds like a big number. But where are they?

Facts -- Not What They Used to Be

The story of hunger in America is quite instructive, and as the radical right plays financial chicken with the federal budget and the good faith and credit of the United States, 47,000,000 citizens wonder where they will find their next meal. In an America where compassion remains a core value, this is only possible because people have differing visions of reality.

Neighborhoods

As summer slowly releases its muggy grip on the nation’s capitol, I had an opportunity to talk with the Israeli ambassador to the United State, Michael Oren. With the civil war in Syria propelled to front and center, he reminded us that “it’s the neighborhood we live in.”

Truth and Power

Speaking truth to power rarely happens. But with four members of the SNAP Alumni network in the halls of Congress last week it did.

Real Experts on Hunger

In a rare series of events on Capitol Hill yesterday, and continuing today, the real experts on hunger in America met with senior members of Congress and their staffs.

Yes… But…

Rich and deep conversations are the hallmark of CERES conferences and this year in San Francisco was no exception, as CERES looks forward to its 25th anniversary in 2014.

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