Earlier this year OSC2 launched a new chapter, the Rising Star CEO group, for emerging, mission-aligned Founders & CEO’s in the natural products industry. The five charter members, included, Jesse Solomon, Founder/CEO of Emmer & Co., Lisa Curtis CoFounder and CEO of Kuli Kuli, Joshua McHugh, Founder and CEO of Living Intentions, Miyoko Schinner, Founder and CEO of Miyoko’s Kitchen, and Sarah & Andrew Gordon, CoFounders of Square Organics.…
These are the crucial components of an effective message, as told by the director of the Center for Climate Change Communications at George Mason University.
This year’s Natural Products Expo East 2017 had a new—and vital—session on how to change behavior through effective communications. For the first time, New Hope Network brought together 70-plus key bloggers, writers and other influencers in the natural products industry for a daylong Influencer Summit.
Recap of Expo East 2017
From breakfast briefings to happy hours, the enthusiasm for climate action was palpable at last week’s Expo East. In the midst of the bustling trade show floor, we witnessed a passionate, fast-growing community of natural products manufacturers, retailers, distributors and brokers coming together to act on climate.
I love Expo East.
Forks for Good: I chose to adopt a vegan diet over 20 years ago, at a time in my life when I was radically reevaluating my patterns of thought and behavior, much of which was unconscious habit inherited from family and culture. I realized then that when I am in a grocery store or eating out, my ability to choose what I eat is a metaphorical knife I wield: I can use it to either slit an animal’s throat or just cut vegetables.…
With education, inspiration, action (and hundreds of attendees) a tradition was born.
At Natural Products Expo East 2016, Climate Collaborative founders Lara Jackle Dickinson of OSC2 and Katherine DiMatteo of the Sustainable Food Trade Association presented their concept in a panel discussion (along with three supporting brands). The 75-minute session filled most of the 80 seats in the far hallway of the Baltimore convention center as the panel shared their idea: to feed the craving for coordinated industry action to address global warming.
The natural products industry can leverage its power to reverse climate change.
Lara Dickinson, Co-founder OSC2 and the Climate Collaborative
Feb 13, 2017 This article is a reprint with permission from New Hope Network (hyperlink to NewHope.com)
Climate change is here. We’re already feeling its effects, whether it’s an extended drought, three “hundred year” storms in the span of five years, a maple sugaring season that starts in early January, rising sea levels, or an unprecedentedly vicious hurricane season.…
The food industry’s response to climate change as a whole has not matched the scale of the problem, but some natural product companies are leading the way. Here’s how three are investing in regenerative agriculture.
Lara Dickinson | Nov 18, 2016
This November, on a warm evening in downtown San Francisco, OSC2 gathered industry leaders to dig deeper into the regenerative agriculture movement.…
by Michael Anzalone
Live @ Hanson Bridgett
Thank you to all who made it out on November 3 for our latest community event, For the Love of Dirt, which focused on the power of regenerative agriculture. The message was clear. The time for us all to act is now, and the solution is literally under our feet! Thank you to our panelists for sharing their insights:
John Roulac, CEO of Nutiva – the First-Mover, who helped first introduce the idea of regenerative agriculture to many of us within the industry
David Bronner, CEO of Dr.…
A marquis event we can take further
By Lara Dickinson, Co-Founder OSC2
I set out for Austin, TX on Monday to participate in Esca Bona again, the second annual event. New Hope asked me to speak on the Climate Collaborative – the newest OSC2 collaborative.
Esca Bona is a small show- 278 people and capped. It is more of an industry rally designed to capture the early spirit of Expo West when it was small, fun and cohesive because natural foods was a new and renegade industry. …
By: Lara Dickinson
October 10, 2016
The OSC2 compostable packaging collaborative set off for Omaha Nebraska on the last weekday in September for special farm tour. Our goal was to better understand NatureWorks compostable packaging material and how they work to address Corn GMO inputs. A potential outcome of this could be additional packaging components and new structures that allow a greater diversity of materials to address the current issues we are facing with window haze and (perhaps more importantly) pricing.…