We host intimate dinner events at sustainable restaurants throughout the city to engage industry leaders with our members. These Small Dinner Discussions consistently receive rave reviews.
To capitalize on the success of the series, we clustered more of these gatherings than usual during the 2009 fall harvest season. The below gives a good sampling of the types of dinners we host.
Changemakers, a community of action where we all collaborate on solutions.
When: March 25th, 7:30 pm
Where: Flatbush Farm, 76 Saint Marks Avenue, Brooklyn (near Flatbush Av)
On March 25th we welcome Tyler Anh. Tyler is the Community Manager for Changemakers.com (a division of Ashoka), an online community where social innovators can connect with their fans, to one another and to investors. The platform hosts online competitions where social innovators vie for funding and visibility. By forming surprising connections and unexpected partnerships across the globe, they turn the old ways of problem solving upside down. We will discuss Changemakers’ collaborative model and how they are harnessing the power of community to solve the world’s most pressing social problems one project, one idea at a time.
Can Business Restore the Rainforest? The Guayaki Market-Driven-Restoration Business Model
When: Monday, October 12, 7:30-9:30pm
Where: GustOrganics, 519 Avenue of the Americas @ 14th street, 212.242.5800
Guayaki’s strategic adviser Pierre Ferrari, will share the amazing story of the company’s Market-Driven-Restoration business model which directly links customer purchases to partner farming communities in the South American Atlantic Rainforests. Guayaki’s partners sustainably harvest organic yerba mate from Rainforest grown cultivations and reforestation projects, generating a renewable income stream which enables these communities to improve their lives and restore their lands.
Are you currently interested in CSR communications consulting work? How do you position yourself for CSR work if you are switching career paths? Join an in-depth discussion with Judy Sandford, a Net Impact member and CSR Strategist at Addison, a brand strategy and communications design firm. She’ll share insights, growing challenges and trends as a professional in this field.
Where: iCi Restaurant, 246 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, 718.789.2778
Cost: $45 Pre-Fix dinner. Proceeds from this dinner will go to support Added Value
Ian Marvy, the Executive Director of Added Value will be speaking about urban farming and its importance in promoting sustainable development and youth leadership in underserved communities. Added Value’s work in Red Hook has created opportunities for the youth of South Brooklyn to expand their knowledge base, develop new skills and positively engage with their community through the operation of a socially responsible urban farming enterprise. This dinner discussion will be held at iCi Restaurant. Since opening in 2004 the owner, Catherine Saillard, has consciously chosen to purchase their food from locally farms, including Added Value, and has successfully woven the restaurant into the social and economic fabric of Brooklyn.
7:30-8:00pm – Arrival & cocktails
8:00-8:30pm – Introductions
8:30-10:00pm – Dinner and Added Value discussion/Q&A
Various social media sites exist today that provide a platform for companies to promote the good work they do, as well as provide valuable resources for individuals looking to find good work to get into! Deb Berman, Managing Director of JustMeans will lead a discussion on how businesses and individuals looking for socially responsible work can make the most of JustMeans’ social media platform which focuses on engaging and informing their online community about socially responsible business. She will also highlight trends in social media for sustainability.