Jonathan J. Halperin
Jonathan J. Halperin
Designing Our Future
Strategy. Partnership. Communication.

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Food Conference

James Beard Foundation Food Conference

2014 Agenda
The 2014 James Beard Foundation Food Conference
Health & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?
October 27 & 28
New York City

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What's Making Us Sick Anyway?
Lens One: The Ubiquity of Sweeteners

  • Session Introduction:  Jonathan Halperin, Founder, Designing Sustainability
  • Sugar and Health: What is the Connection? - A Dialogue
    Robert Lustig, MD, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, University of California – San Francisco, and Author
    Jonathan Halperin

  • Clips from the film Fed Up
  • Taming Sugar: Solutions and Challenges
    Laurie David, Executive Producer, Fed Up
    Cindy Gershen, Chef/Owner, Sunrise Bistro & Catering
    Emily Luchetti, Chief Pastry Officer, Marlowe, Park Tavern, and Cavalier Restaurants
    Jonathan Halperin (Moderator)

  • The Sweet Truth – A Dialogue
    Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University
    Corby Kummer, Senior Editor, The Atlantic, and Food Salon Coordinator, the Aspen Institute

  • Community Exchange: Reactions and Questions

When I began to unhook from SustainAbility in 2008, after 20+ years, to co-found Volans, Jonathan was working with the US end of SustainAbility — and sent the London end of the Volans team a large cardboard box of multi-colored felt rocks, which initially I couldn't make head nor tail of. I thought he was mad, or overly American.

But I have to say that, over time, those felt rocks have become a central feature of the Volans culture, thrown by team members at other team members (or guests) on the slightest provocation. That aside, he's a consummate professional, creative collaborator, skilled communicator, and keen intellect—and I am delighted both to have had Jonathan as a colleague and to now count him as a friend.

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