Ali Hart

Ali Hart is a media strategist and content producer helping change agents harness the power of humor. From developing creative TV and web concepts to managing comedians to strategizing grassroots campaigns, she has devoted herself to exploring which messages and messengers inspire behavior change for good. Ali holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, where she currently laughs.

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Toaster Takeover: The Sensor Revolution is Coming

Have you ever wondered what your toaster would say to you if it could talk? According to Peter Hartwell, an HP technologist, it will soon talk and it will say “if you clean me, I will be 20% more efficient.” Your refrigerator will also tell you what’s in it, what’s spoiling and maybe what you … Continued

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Sustainable Brands ’11: Game On

Sustainable Brands ’11 kicked off Tuesday, June 7th in Monterey, CA. Sustainable Brands convenes sustainability, brand and design professionals leveraging sustainable innovation as a driver of business and brand value. This year’s theme is “play on” so it seems quite fitting to launch a series of articles on the conference with some fascinating insights from … Continued

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SHARE SF: Is Having Access the New Ownership?

This past weekend, Shareable hosted an unconference called SHARE SF at Hub SoMa, a coworking space for social entrepreneurs in San Francisco (where TriplePundit has their virtual office).  Both the venue and the city were apt choices as the Bay Area is a hotspot for the sharing or access economy or, as Lisa Gansky calls … Continued

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Transparency in Advertising, Brought to You by Morgan Spurlock

Morgan Spurlock’s POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is a film about product placement, funded by product placement. Hence the title. This meta documentary follows Spurlock as he woos advertisers to support his project. It took him nine months to secure the first sponsor – Ban Deodorant – and the reported budget is $1.5M but … Continued

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Uh-O Organics: The Double-Edged Sword of Sustainable Food Gone Mainstream

While much of the conversation at the Sustainable Food Summit focused on tools, resources, information-sharing and partnerships to help companies bolster their sustainability efforts, the old David vs. Goliath scenario inevitably reared its ugly – but organic! – head. Safeway, the national grocery chain, continues to develop its own brands to compete in the organic … Continued

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Institutional Food You Can Stomach

Bon Appétit Management Company, an institutional food service company, has 400 locations in 31 states, 10,000 employees and $550+ million in revenues. And last week the company welcomed its 1,000th small farmer into its “Farm to Fork” program. Yes, you read that correctly. Yesterday at the Sustainable Food Summit at San Francisco’s Ritz Carlton, Maisie … Continued

Financing Sustainability and Social Impacts: Closing Thoughts on SAP 2010

Although a majority of the partnerships discussed at Sustainable Agricultural Partnerships 2010 focused on the environment, alliances prioritizing economic and social impacts were also featured. In an effort to stimulate sustainability in the dairy industry, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is engaged in a project called the Farm Energy Audit Program (FEAP). FEAP educates … Continued

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Communicating Sustainability to the Consumer

What good are sustainability efforts if the consumer doesn’t understand them? Consumers are driving demand for a sustainable food system, so communicating with this stakeholder group is key to the long-term viability of triple bottom-line products. With such an array of sustainability indicators, companies must impart those most relevant to the consumer to effectively inform … Continued

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Cultivating Transparency and Traceability in Agriculture

If you haven’t noticed by now, there are a lot of eco labels out there. Consumer Reports’ Greener Choices lists 150, but one panelist at Sustainable Agricultural Partnerships 2010 cited a whopping 328. According to Scott Exo of Food Alliance, publicly available third parties back only a handful of these labels. So how do we … Continued

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Life Cycle Assessments Highlight on-Farm Activities

Building on the idea that what gets measured gets managed, Michael Levine of Fonterra presented a carbon footprint Life Cycle Analysis for the dairy industry, illustrating that 85% of the carbon is produced on-farm (59% of which is cow-produced methane), 10% comes from processing and 5% results from distribution. He noted that one might assume … Continued

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Defining and Measuring Sustainability: Still An Elusive Task

Yesterday morning at Sustainable Agricultural Partnerships 2010, Sylvain Cuperlier, VP of Worldwide Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability for Dole, set the tone for the day by asking What are the priorities in sustainable agriculture? Of course, the answer was simple: it depends who you are, where you are, and what you produce. Other panel sessions drew … Continued

Sustainable Agricultural Partnerships 2010 Comes to San Francisco

This coming week, I will be covering Sustainable Agricultural Partnerships 2010 in downtown San Francisco. The conference is the 4th summit in a global series on sustainable agriculture from American Business Conferences and sister company London Business Conferences. The summit focuses on case studies and strategy formulation for sustainable water and carbon management practices throughout … Continued