Jordan Estevao, Director, Save the American Dream Campaign
Save the American Dream is a campaign of National People’s Action (NPA), a network of metropolitan, regional, and statewide organizations that build grassroots power. Since its founding in 1972, NPA has worked nationally to build and strengthen people’s organizations, to develop indigenous leadership, and to advance campaigns for a more just, equitable, and sustainable society. NPA works to build the field of organizing, create permanent alliances, run national campaigns that strengthen organizations and develop grassroots leadership; and utilize technology and communications to take organizing and alliance building to a new scale.
Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr., is the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School. He is also Senior Associate Dean and Chair of the MBA Program. Badaracco has taught courses on business ethics, strategy, and management in the School’s MBA and executive programs. Badaracco is a graduate of St. Louis University, Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar, and Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA and a DBA. He has also been chairman of the Harvard University Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility and has served on the boards of two public companies. Badaracco has taught in executive programs in the United States, Japan, and many other countries and has spoken to a wide variety of organizations on issues of leadership, values, and ethics.
Badaracco’s research focuses on business ethics, particularly on leadership and individual decision making, and he has written four books on these topics. These are Business Ethics: Roles and Responsibilities, Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose between Right and Right, and Leading Quietly: An Unorthodox Guide to Doing the Right Thing. His most recent book, Questions of Character: Illuminating the Heart of Leadership through Literature, was published in April, 2006. It presents the lessons for leaders suggested by works of serious literature.
Alvarado Street Bakery is one of the most successful worker-owned cooperatives in the US. It provides quality baked goods to its customers nationwide. For over 20 years Alvarado Street Bakery has been a leader in producing healthy, organic whole grain breads.
Alvarado started producing whole grain organic baked goods for their local community in 1979. Their roots can be traced back to the “Food for People not for Profit” movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. They were originally part of a non-profit organization called Red Clover Worker’s Brigade. The brigade consisted of the bakery, a retail store (Santa Rosa Community Market), a trucking company, and a wholesale warehouse.
In 1981 five brigade workers decided to form a worker cooperative. They purchased the bakery and formed Semper Virens Bakery Food Cooperative. Semper Virens in Latin means “ever green” and is the botanical name for one of our area’s largest treasures, our ancient redwood forests. They decided to change the business name to Alvarado Street due to a serendipitous placement of a road sign stowed away in the bakery.
Judy Brown – Co-founder, The ReUseIt Network
The ReUseIt Network was launched on July 18, 2007. It serves as a directory of and support system for affiliated community recycling groups around the world. It offers forums for group owners and moderators and people concerned about the 3 R’s — reduce, reuse, and recycle. People join an online group (usually hosted by Yahoo!Groups) near where they live or work. Group members then post an OFFER or WANTED request following guidelines they receive upon joining. There are two main guidelines to follow … offers and requests made must be free, legal and family friendly.
Kim Holstein – Founder, Kim and Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels
Kim Holstein co-founded the her pretzel company with her husband Scott in 1995. She appears regularly on QVC, serves as co-spokesperson for the Company in press and television appearances, creates new products and marketing strategies and serves as a coach and mentor to the employees. Kim has participated in the Women’s Business Development Center workshops in Chicago, which helped form the Company.
Lewis Hyde, Author and Scholar, on Giving
Lewis Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the public life of the imagination. His 1983 book, The Gift, illuminates and defends the non-commercial portion of artistic practice. Hyde is currently at work on a book about our “cultural commons,” that vast store of ideas, inventions, and works of art that we have inherited from the past and continue to produce. Hyde teaches during the fall semesters at Kenyon College, where he is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing. During the rest of the year he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Maria Cancian is Professor of Public Affairs and Social Work, and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin. Her research is in the area of domestic social policy, with recent focus on the impact of married women’s growing employment and earnings on marriage patterns and the inter- and intra-household distribution of income, the work and income of women who have received welfare, and the implications of child support and custody for the well-being of divorced and never-married families. She and Sheldon Danziger edited the 2009 book “Changing Poverty, Changing Policies” published by Russell Sage. Her articles have appeared in journals including Demography, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Review of Economics and Statistics and Social Service Review.
Mark Bowden, an Atlantic Monthly national correspondent; Writer, The Story Behind the Story, October 2009 Atlantic
Mark Bowden, is an author, journalist, screenwriter, and teacher. He spent 25 years as a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. His book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War (1999)—an international bestseller that spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list—was a finalist for the National Book Award. Bowden also worked on the screenplay for Black Hawk Down, a film adaptation of the book, directed by Ridley Scott. Bowden is also the author of the international bestseller Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw (2001), which tells the story of the hunt for Colombian cocaine billionaire Pablo Escobar. Killing Pablo is currently being adapted for film, with Bowden again writing the screenplay. Bowden contributes regularly to major American magazines, and he’s an adjunct professor at Loyola College of Maryland, where he teaches creative writing and journalism.
Mark Hyman is a contributing editor at BusinessWeek and the author of the new book Until It Hurts: America’s Obsession With Youth Sports. Prior to joining BusinessWeek, he spent nearly 20 years as a reporter for newspapers including the Baltimore Sun where he was an enterprise and investigative reporter in the sports department. During his time at the Sun, earned his law degree from the University of Maryland. He blogs at youthsportsparents.blogspot.com and also contributes to BusinessWeek’s Working Parents blog.
Marty has taught for over 25 years at Harvard’s Kennedy School and is the co-founder of Cambridge Leadership Associates.
He served as Chief Secretary and Counselor to Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld; Executive Editor, The Advocates, PBS; Editorial Writer and Reporter, The Boston Globe; Assistant Minority Leader, Massachusetts House of Representatives; and Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General.
He has authored or co-authored 10 books the lastest of which is The Practice of Adaptive Leadership.
Mary Hendrickson is director of Food Circles Networking Project, a program of the University of Missouri Extension. She currently is focusing her work efforts on consumer education and community building as well as connecting farmers with distributors and helping food service source locally produced food. Her work has led to several community-based processing activities, making local food programming a strong priority in the Kansas City and St. Louis urban extension programs.
She is the author of The Global Food System and Nodes of Power. Mary also serves as associate director of Community Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture Program where she works with mid-sized cooperatives in beef and pork processing from initial planning to start-up, researching potential opportunities in direct-marketing to restaurants and establishing connections between distributors and farmers.
Hendrickson was a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow. She was awarded the 2001 Cooperative Service Award by the National Farmers Union and received the Family Farm Leadership Award presented by the Missouri Farmers Union.
Matthew and Terces Englehart, co-owners Café Gratitude
This story starts when Matthew and Terces Engelhart developed the board game Abounding River. The Abounding River is an interactive way of practicing “being” Abundance in your life. Once the game was complete, Matthew and Terces agreed that it would be wonderful to offer a place where people could gather, eat, and play the game. They decided to create a living foods café, and so the idea for Café Gratitude was born. It has been a ground-breaking example of Sacred Commerce and its capacity to build community, encourage healthful living, and achieve abundance. They now have 6 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, and sell their products in partnering stores country wide.
Max is a Viroqua, Wisconsin resident who was diagnosed with Crohnes disease at the age of 10. As a young adult Max was 5’11” and weighted just 110 pounds. Finding that traditional medicine wasn’t providing a cure, Max went on a raw food diet. It worked. Max gained 80 pounds and is in the pink of health. This experience has motivated Max to be a national advocate for the benefits of raw milk. Last year Max went coast-to-coast on his Ride for Raw Milk. More recently, Max is defending himself in court as the attorney general of Wisconsin is trying to get Max to divulge information on members of a raw milk cooperative* in Chicago named Belle’s Lunchbox.
The United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives is a national grassroots membership organization of and for worker cooperatives, democratic workplaces, and organizations that support the growth and development of worker cooperatives. Founded in 2004 as the result of several years of organizing on the part of worker cooperatives and regional groups from around the country.
They provide support to their members and educational outreach to the public through conferences and events, resource referrals, and networking and training opportunities. Check out the various sections of their site to connect to resources and see what’s happening in the dynamic and growing world of worker cooperatives!
Michael Mandel is chief economist at BusinessWeek, responsible for formulating BusinessWeek’s coverage of economic policy. Prior to this, Mandel was economics editor. Mandel is the author of several books, including “Rational Exuberance”, “The Coming Internet Depression”, and “The High Risk Society”. He writes the World Economy Blog for BusinessWeek.
Michael Mann is an award-winning storyteller, author, training consultant and speaker, bringing a variety of educational programs and workshops to children and adults. Michael has been an active advocate of the mission of the National Institute on Media and the Family since 1997, originally as a media rater for the MediaWise® KidScore® program.
Michael was a nominee for the Anne Richardson Reading is Fundamental national award and is currently working in the area of storytelling and emergent literacy. As a founding member of Cygnus Storytelling, he worked with the families and staff of the Waldorf Schools to develop a family storytelling curriculum. He is past president of the Northlands Storytelling Network, and on the artist rosters of COMPAS Global Arts Presentations, Artists to Go, and the Minnesota Story Alliance. Michael is an active member of the National Storytelling Network, where he participates in the “Stories in Organizations” special interest group.
For 15 years, WAGES, Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security, has worked with low-income immigrant Latinas to launch green business cooperatives, a model that enables women to work together to succeed.
As co-op members, women have healthy work, good pay, and a voice and a vote in key decisions – and they distribute business profits equitably. WAGES provides training and technical assistance to incubate the co-ops and a framework for continued learning and business growth through our Co-op Network.
In addition to building successful cooperative businesses locally, WAGES conducts community workshops throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and consults with other groups around the country. They offer an in-depth Co-op Development Toolkit to qualified organizations, and we have provided technical assistance for a number of new co-ops inspired by their model.