Future of Food Speaker Series

Leveraging the transformative power of our industry in the pursuit of environmental and social benefit

(L-R) Jordan Rubin/Founder Ancient Nutrition, Chris Mann/CEO of Guayaki, Miyoko Schinner/CEO Miyoko’s Kitchen, Ken Lee (CoCEO Lotus Foods), and Lara Dickinson/Executive Director of OSC2  keeping it light at Future of Food: The Climate Connection.

OSC²’s latest program, Future of Food, features a combination of live events and webinars with progressive leaders in the new food movement.  Our commitment to social good and climate beneficial action sets the tone for this candid yet informative series.  We will be examining emerging trends and featuring innovative thinkers that are driving systemic change in our industry.  Stay tuned here for an upcoming schedule of in-person and online programming or sign up today for our mailing list to receive periodic updates and announcements as we release new content.

Next Event:

with Paul Hawken, Sheryl O’Loughlin, and Ahmed Rahim

Thursday, May 10, 2018

No industry has a bigger impact on climate change than agriculture and food, both as a source of the problem and as a solution. – Paul Hawken

Join us on May 10 for our next installment of Future of Food with the progressive climate author/activist Paul Hawken, and two visionary leaders of the natural products industry, Sheryl O’Loughlin, CEO of REBBL, and Ahmed Rahim, CEO of Numi Tea / CoFounder of OSC2. Paul Hawken & the Project Drawdown team have been advisors and contributors to the Climate Collaborative, a project of OSC2 and SFTA, which now maintains over 200 participating companies who collectively logged 800+ climate action commitments since launching at Expo West last year.

The evening will feature an inspiring keynote by Paul Hawken, featuring updates and lessons learned since Project Drawdown‘s  2017 launch, as well as a candid conversation with Paul, Ahmed, and Sheryl exploring the implications for mission-driven natural products companies and their leaders.

The program, led by Lara Dickinson, CoFounder and Executive Director of OSC2, will begin with the latest news from the Climate Collaborative, a community of businesses joining forces to create pathways to action, to connect companies to resources, and to work together to create climate beneficial solutions.

Paul Hawken, Executive Director of Project Drawdown
Sheryl O’Loughlin, CEO of REBBL, and former CEO of Plum Organics and Clif Bar
Ahmed Rahim, CEO, Numi Tea and CoFounder of OSC2

Schedule of Events
6:30pm Doors & Elbow Rubbing
7:00pm Program Begins
8:30pm Program Ends
9:00pm Event Ends

$20 ADV // $23 DOOR – General Admission Seating
David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 MAP

Past Events:

~ How mission-driven brands in the natural products industry are addressing climate change with packaging and food waste initiatives ~
Wednesday, November  8, 2017

Join us for our next Future of Food program on Nov 8! The evening will feature inspiring conversations with visionary leaders from the modern food movement as they share the evolution of their climate beneficial businesses. Speakers include Edouard Rollet (Alter Eco), Patrick Wyman (Whole Foods), Amy Kirtland(KeHE), Timothy Childs (Treasure 8), Daniel Kurzrock(ReGrained), and Reyna Bryan (Elk Packaging). We’ll hear personal stories of struggle and perseverance around utilizing biodegradable and/or highly recyclable, non-petroleum-based packaging, and reducing food waste by addressing upstream and downstream by-product utilization.

To kick off the evening, we’ll hear updates from the recently launched Climate Collaborative, a community of businesses joining forces to create pathways to action, to connect companies to resources, and to work together to create climate beneficial solutions.

The program will be led by Lara Dickinson, CoFounder and Executive Director of OSC2.

Reyna Bryan, Director of Strategy, Elk Packaging
Timothy Childs, CEO, Treasure 8
Amy Kirtland, Senior Vice President Natural Channel, KeHE
Daniel Kurzrock, CoFounder & CEO, ReGrained
Edouard Rollet, CoFounder & CEO, Alter Eco
Patrick Wyman – Local Purchasing Coordinator, Whole Foods NorCal/Reno

Authentic brands taking collective action in the fight against climate change
Thursday, September 21, 2017 || 6pm Doors//7pm Program

Future of Food: The Climate Connection from Michael Anzalone on Vimeo.