Jonathan J. Halperin
Jonathan J. Halperin
Designing Research, Communications
and Strategies for Sustainability

Dispatches

Beyond Pie Charts

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
As our civilization struggles to understand both the meaning and making of Stonehenge or Easter Island, others may some day look back and try to give meaning to the immense pie charts that seem to be scattered over the American Midwest.

Markets, Governments and People

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Markets may well be the most finely tuned mechanism we have for allocating resources efficiently around short-term costs and prices. But absent a robust framework of social and cultural values and priorities to channel market operations these efficient markets will lead to vast inequity and depletion of critical resources.

The Photosynthesis Economy

Sunday, April 15, 2012
Jeremy Rifkin stole the show at this week’s CERES 2012 Conference,” Igniting Innovation, Scaling Sustainability.”

Mining the Planet

Sunday, March 11, 2012
A conversation with Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Environment Programme.

Saving Souls or Changing Systems?

Saturday, February 18, 2012
There is so much to do to “repair the world.” But we had best be sure we are asking the right questions before we put too much faith and resources in the answers.

How Money and Media Influence the Way America Eats

Sunday, November 20, 2011
I participated in the James Beard Foundation's Food Conference in New York on October 12 and 13, 2011. Video of my presentations is available online.

Seeds of Change

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
A sense of change is in the air – and not just the crispness of the Fall air in the bucolic hills of Vermont, where I presented at the Dana Meadows Sustainability Institute.

Forests and Food

Monday, October 10, 2011
In Vermont at the Dana Meadows Sustainability Institute; looking forward to the James Beard Foundation Food Conference in New York.

The Sustainability Principle

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
In my closing remarks at the Sustainable Food Laboratory Summit I explained that I did not think sustainability was a goal, a metric, or even an approach to doing business. Rather, it is a principle. And it has at its core a fundamental rethinking of space and time.

Local, Sustainable and Organic

Sunday, July 17, 2011
It became clear in talking with farmers, ranchers, businesspeople, chefs and public advocates during the Sustainable Food Laboratory summit that there is a ‘goodness’ premium associated with these three linked terms. It was equally clear that few people have a clear sense of what these terms mean, beyond an evocation of being different and somehow better than conventional produce.

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