In February I wrote about legislation sponsored by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree of Maine—the Food Recovery Act (HR 4184) which, if enacted, would be an important step toward alleviating hunger and protecting our environment. Via CREDO Congresswoman Pingree is seeking 100,000 signatures to petition Congress to enact HR 4184. Yesterday I received an update that she is less than 4,000 signatures away from the goal. Please consider showing your support by adding your name here.Read More →

To be sure, the idea of killing two birds with one stone conjures an unpleasant image we’d rather not entertain. From what I can gather, the idiom dates to the 1600s and was a reference to the above-average skill a small-bird hunter would need to kill not one, but two, feathered friends with a slingshot. In my Internet travels for this post I also learned that many an organization have sponsored contests challenging people to come up with more animal-friendly versions of the expression—apparently to little avail. So I offer this substitute for the killing-birds idiom: “You can manage a slew of skips with oneRead More →

They say: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and One man’s meat is another man’s poison. The idea? Perceptions of worthlessness vs. value or pleasing vs. distasteful is very much in the eye of the beholder. Earlier this month food waste reduction advocates scored a big victory when Whole Foods Market announced a pilot program in which some Northern California stores will sell “ugly” produce, the substandard kind that growers typically trash, compost, and sometimes donate—practices with significant adverse financial, environmental, and social consequences up and down the stakeholder chain. Starting in late April Whole Foods customers will get to vote with their walletsRead More →

Photo credit: CUNY, The Graduate Center

Yesterday I attended the Sixth Annual New York University (NYU) Social Innovation Symposium. It’s a joint program organized by graduate students from NYU Stern (Business), NYU Wagner (Public Service), and NYU Law designed to showcase new ideas in the social impact space. This year’s theme, Integrated Impact: Collaborating for Change, focused on how businesses, nonprofits, and governments are sharing ideas and strategies aimed at creating lasting social change. The event was open to the general public, but I’d say at least 75 percent of attendees were current students, which puts them into the demographic called “Gen Z”—those born after 1995. Panelist and venture capitalist JalakRead More →

From time to time I get campaign-contribution solicitations from elected officials outside my home state of New York. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree of Maine has not asked me for money. But, via CREDO Mobilize, she has asked for my signature in support of the Food Recovery Act (HR 4184)―the landmark legislation she introduced to combat hunger and protect our environment. In her petition Congresswoman Pingree reiterates the staggering facts: Nearly 50 million American children and adults currently go hungry while 40 percent of all food in America is wasted annually. The waste occurs on farms and in stores, restaurants, schools, businesses, and homes―roughly 133 billion poundsRead More →

From the beginning Fine Diners Over 40 (FDO40) has had a “social” mission. No, not one like companies founded to help solve social problems (think TOMS and Warby Parker). Ours was a mission to bring baby boomers together to enjoy fine dining and yes, make new friends—simple, and social, enough. When we rolled out a new website a few years ago, I was forced to accept the reality that blogging is a fact of [company] life. I have been a freelance writer for over 20 years but have never written or blogged for myself. I was always too busy doing other people’s writing—the type thatRead More →