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

Food, Agriculture, Water

Growing enough food, even distributing it, is not the underlying challenge of the future. But how can we do so without creating catastrophic consequences across global ecosystems?

Thursday, February 27, 2014
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.
Friday, December 27, 2013
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.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
48 million Americans struggle with hunger. 48 million names. 48 million stories. How have we let this happen? America's better than this.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
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?
Thursday, October 17, 2013
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.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Speaking truth to power rarely happens. But with four members of the SNAP Alumni network in the halls of Congress last week it did.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
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.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Implementation, not definition, is the challenge for sustainability today.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
As Representative Jim McGovern said from the floor of the House of Representatives a few days before president Obama’s State of the Union last evening, “Hunger is a political condition.”

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Jonathan makes connections that other people miss. Beyond an understanding of any single environmental issue or energy challenge, he knows how to use knowledge to drive change, how to bring the right players to the table, and how to reframe seemingly intractable problems to create space for new approaches. He’s a strategic thinker with a very clear sense of how things work.

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