Food Activism In the Digital Age A Conversation with Anna Lappé

What does a food activist do?

To answer the question, look no further than Anna Lappé. She is the founder and director of Real Food Media, a collaborative initiative that catalyzes creative storytelling and media about food, farming, and sustainability. “We work with partners across the country to really elevate the solutions that we find out there that are transforming the food system toward greater sustainability and equity, and then we help people understand what are the real impacts that we have to worry about it, about our current foods just don’t why we need such transformation,” she says.

In this episode, she discusses why the food choices that are good for your body are also good for the planet, why excessive consumer demand for meat is constructed and manipulated by media and marketing, and why cooking a good meal at home is a good idea.

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What If That Apple Isn’t Perfect?

Ugly food is good food — or so we tried to tell you in “Why We Should Eat Ugly Food.” If you haven’t read it yet, here’s the rundown: Up to 40% of fruits and vegetables don’t make it from the farm to the supermarket because they do not fit certain industry aesthetic standards. But companies and initiatives like Imperfect Produce exist to make these “ugly” fruits and veggies accessible to those who want them and reduce the amount of food we throw away each year (estimates run to $160 billion worth annually).

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Bill Fitzgerald of Common Sense Media on EdTech NOW

Our guest today is Bill Fitzgerald, Director of the Privacy Evaluation Initiative at Common Sense Media. Bill evaluates the privacy practices of vendors building education tech, and was also a classroom teacher for 16 years.

The EdTech NOW podcast is sponsored by Stackup, the only tool that unlocks the learning benefits of the entire web, while providing the accountability educators need to measure progress and engagement. With Stackup, you can measure and report online reading and learning for your entire district, in less than two minutes. Got to Stackup.net (stackup.net/). We post all episodes on SoundCloud and ITunes. Visit us on Medium for show archives and notes.

Key Takeaways:

“One of the things that we try and do at Common Sense is, you know, look for ways where we can actually help people working in the classrooms make informed decisions more quickly” Bill at 1:47 “We never lose when we are intentional about our pedagogy, and we try and actually provide tools and resources to let people be more intentional about what they …

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How to Leverage Pop-Ups for Your Brand with Melissa Gonzalez on the Brandboom Podcast

On the Brandboom podcast Amy Zhou discovers trends and shares tips and stories from the savviest retail brands. Our guest today is Melissa Gonzalez. Melissa is a retail futurist and expert consultant in pop-up shops, who has been awarded design:retail 40 under 40 for her work transforming retail environments. She brings some deep knowledge on how pop-ups can benefit your brand, which brands should try them, and why pop-ups have become more popular. You can also find the podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, Tunein, Stitcher, and the Google Play store.

 

Key Takeaways:

“So it’s just always kind of like a new puzzle that we’re solving and figuring out, and, you know, and helping people rethink how they can create an experience, and what can’t I deliver online that I wanna bring into the offline world?” Melissa at 4:57 “There’s an opportunity for really, really high-touch interaction and learning in a physical space that you just can’t do online.” Melissa at 6:15 “You can’t hear what your customer is saying unless they’re posting on socials or making, …

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Find the Perfect Buyer for Your Fashion Line

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”

You’ve heard that phrase before and you know it’s the truth. Connections are everything. You just have to have high-quality people looking at your fashion line for it to make it.It’s a complex connection – let me give you some more detail here.

Secrets of Connection

Want to connect with the perfect buyer for your fashion brand? You’ve done the hard work already – being a genius creative. Now, let’s work together to let the world know about you through networking, connections, and building strong relationships with the right people. They are all vital when it comes to succeeding at marketing a brand.

Here are some methods to help you establish and ensure good relations between you and your buyers.

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How to Increase Confidence About Digital Learning in Schools

When the first iterations of the computer were being introduced early in the 20th century, no one could’ve predicted that they would spawn devices such as smartphones, the Chromebook or the tablet.

Giant machines — the ENIAC was 1,800 square feet — have transformed into portable devices that many have become dependent on to work, live and socialize.

What happened years ago is what’s happening right now with digital learning technologies. People are just starting to understand these technologies and their potential.

In just a few years, digital learning will be integrated into every classroom. Right now, however, we are a generation of pioneers figuring out how to use these new teaching tools.

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How to Leverage Pop-Ups for Your Brand with Melissa Gonzalez – Podcast Transcript

Amy: Welcome to the Brandboom Podcast. I’m your host Amy Zhou. On this episode, we have Melissa Gonzalez of Lion’esque Group. Melissa is a retail futurist and expert consultant in pop-up shops, who has been awarded Design Retail 40 under 40 for her work transforming the retail environment. She will bring some deep knowledge on how pop-ups can benefit your brand, which brands should try them, and why pop-ups have become more popular. Melissa, welcome to the podcast.

Melissa: Thanks. Thank you for having me.

Amy: Well, first of all, it’s getting towards the end of 2017 for all of us here at retail, and holiday seasons are coming up. I just wanna kind of recap the year a little bit from your perspective. You build a lot of pop-up shops, how many of them have you done so far in just this year alone?

Melissa: Wow, wow. I think we’re close to nearing 20 this year.

Amy: Great. And is that usually the average for the year or has there been a lot more this year?

Melissa: It comes …

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Margo Morrison on Brandboom Podcast

On Brandboom podcast host Amy Zhou discovers trends and shares tips and stories from the savviest retail brands. Our guest today is Margo Morrison, of Margo Morrison New York, home of hand made jewelry that is edgy, elegant, original, and always in style. Her pieces can be found in Neiman Marcus and the Real Real as they appeal to women and celebrities of all ages. You can also find the podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, Tunein, Stitcher, and the Google Play store. Learn more about Brandboom. The podcast is produced by Red Cup.

Key Takeaways:

“I’m a creative person with a very strong business mind. So I don’t just sit around saying “oh isn’t this pretty” I’m thinking how do I monetize these things?” Margo at 2:43 “The whole point of doing wholesale is that the stores do the work for you ” Margo at 5:39 “Part of the way you grow in a business is networking and knowing people” Margo at 6:51 “Brand awareness has to translate to sales at some point” Margo at 12:50 “If you’re …

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