Three Ways Hungry Seniors Can Help Build a New Food System

Three Ways Hungry Seniors Can Help Build a New Food System

At this stage of my career, I’m pretty darn good at working a crowd. Between running nightclubs in DC’s musical heydays (1979-87), building D.C. Central Kitchen, pioneering social enterprise, speaking all over America about the economic role on nonprofits, and now opening the L.A. Kitchen, I can spin a darn good yarn and keep just about any audience engaged. Yet, for all that show biz / business experience, I often watch audiences – particularly young audiences – go south when I start talking about the rapidly advancing wave of older Americans. It’s not their fault;… Continue reading »

Welcome Aboard, Theresa

Welcome Aboard, Theresa

When you start a journey, you never know whom you’ll meet along the way. Years ago, when I launched the D.C. Central Kitchen, we began hiring graduates of the job training program to cook with us. Our first was Gertrude. Then came 5th Street Shorty…and by the time I left last year, we had over 100 men and women in our employ, and most of them were graduates. Miss Dott, Jerald, Phil, William…the list goes on and on. Some remain, some passed along the way, some relapsed, but they all helped build DCCK into what… Continue reading »

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

I’ve been on quite a roll of late. As much as I should write a follow-up to my 2004 book, Begging for Change, I can’t help but agree when folks call asking for a blog entry or op-ed. Long story short….I keep giving away my ideas. Most recently, I agreed to help my super chum, Nell Edgington, who runs the Social Velocity blog. I adore Nell…when most “thought leaders” thought supporting nonprofit political advocacy would lead to their children being stolen in the night by a commando squad made up of agents from the IRS,… Continue reading »

On Leadership & Change

On Leadership & Change

In the last few weeks, I’ve had quite a few opportunities to speak about my own experiments in leadership, as well as the lack of leadership that plagues the nonprofit sector. By far, my favorite is an interview I did for Idealist – The nonprofit leadership crisis we’re not talking about: Interview with Robert Egger. It’s got pretty good play out in nonprofitland, and it’s loaded with patented lines, including this bon mot, aimed at some of the “leaders” who talk endlessly from the safety of the pier, when the action is on the boat…. Continue reading »

Boomers, Food and Innovation

Boomers, Food and Innovation

I’ve been comparing notes with the folks at the Milken Institute, and they have once again opened their doors to me, this time giving me a fine platform, in their Currency of Ideas blog, to continue to explore ways in which food and aging could, should, and MUST drive innovation in the philanthropic arena. I hope you dig it, and consider sharing it with others…or reaching out to share ideas. I am 100% open-source, so I’m always happy to trade in what for others might be trade secrets. It’s titled Boomers, Food and Innovation. I… Continue reading »