What is Boma Grow USA?
Boma Grow USA is a connection, collaboration, and event platform focused on the agri-sector, specifically on building a regenerative food and farming system that focuses on healthy whole food for everyone.
What is Boma?
Boma is a global network of local partners offering transformational learning experiences (summits, executive programmes, workshops, etc.) so that, in a world of dramatic and continuous change, we can be more intentional and intelligent about the future.
Origin of the word “Boma”
The roots of the word “Boma” date back to Africa — the cradle of humankind — and lie in the languages spoken in the African Great Lakes. The Boma was a circular enclosure for the community and elders to gather, normally built out of branches. It was a sacred space for community gatherings and meaningful discussions to be had, a space where decisions were made, and actions were taken.
We’re heading into a future with no simple answers. Technology, for example, has brought about extraordinary progress, but it has also created unprecedented challenges. We need to accept these complexities fearlessly if we want to make a better future for everyone.
THINK BIG PICTURE
We’re not just thinking about how to increase ROI over the next two or three quarters. We’re thinking about how our wider society is changing over the next 5-10-20 years and beyond, and how we can develop and fit into new models and frameworks.
We embrace new evidence and are willing to challenge our own status quo. We aren’t inflexible champions of technology, and we aren’t attached to a particular model of society.
Our events and programs welcome people from all sectors of society, and we work hard to make them accessible to a broad range of people.
BE ROBUST & CREDIBLE
While nobody knows what the future holds, our work is evidence-based and defensible.
EMBRACE GLOBAL & LOCAL
We don’t offer a one-size-fits-all solution. We bring expertise from all over the world and offer it in service of local expertise and contextual wisdom.
WORK TOWARDS OUTCOMES
We don’t just deliver talkfests. All our events and programs are designed for participants to generate tangible results.
As the founder of TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat”, Diane Hatz brought a new, global dimension to the U.S. food movement. TEDxManhattan, along with her nonprofit Change Food, worked to raise awareness and inspire change toward a healthier, more regenerative food system.
In early 2020, Hatz and Stein reconnected to form Boma Grow USA, a connection, collaboration and event platform focused on regenerative food and farming for everyone. As the global pandemic continues, Hatz is reenvisioning the concept of an event and creating powerful new ways of connecting with others and creating change.
Change Food is the nonprofit lead partner for Boma Grow USA. A portion of proceeds from Boma Grow USA will be donated to its work and its latest program “Plant Eat Share,” an effort to plant fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and grains in public places for anyone to eat. For free.
Boma Grow USA Team
Diane Hatz is a social entrepreneur and creative changemaker working to build a more healthful, sustainable, equitable world, with a focus on food and farming.
As CEO founder of Boma Grow USA, Diane is creating an event and collaboration platform in order to identify and solve critical issues with food and farming. She is currently developing The Boma Grow Center for Food, Art, Culture and Calm in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to innovate, celebrate and create viable solutions to pressing problems in food and farming.
As founder & executive director of the nonprofit Change Food®, Diane aggregates the best of the best already working toward healthy food change, amplifies their voices through events and programs, and advances the work and the goal of the food movement – to provide healthy, safe, delicious, fair food to everyone. Her latest project “Plant Eat Share” is promoting efforts in communities worldwide to grow and provide food for free to neighbors.
Diane founded East Village Neighbors in March 2020 when the pandemic hit New York City, organizing nearly 200 volunteers to deliver groceries and prescriptions for anyone in need in the East Village of NYC. She co-founded the East Village Neighbors Community Fridge in early fall 2020 and continues to help keep the refrigerator stocked for the many people in need in that area. She is currently helping to launch an additional fridge in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
She wrote and recently published “How to Start a Community Fridge”, a free step-by-step guide for anyone interested in starting a community fridge in their area.
As CEO founder of Whole Healthy Group LLC, Diane consults and develops creative projects to motivate people to take action to create a better world. She helps individuals, companies and organizations strategize, raise awareness and educate others through planning and hosting events as well as developing and implementing various marketing campaigns. In 2018-2019, she was an Impact Producer at Participant, the film company behind Food, Inc.
Diane was also the founder and organizer of TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” from 2010 – 2015. TEDxManhattan was an annual event that brought together key experts in the food and farming movement to discuss issues with the U.S. food system. TEDxManhattan is considered the most successful food event ever in the U.S. She was involved with the TEDActive community for many years and brought the issue of food waste to them in 2013 with her talk at their annual event.
Diane also worked at GRACE (now the GRACE Communications Foundation) for 12 years, where she helped build the organization by founding and directing the hugely successful consumer education program Sustainable Table; being executive producer and marketing director of The Meatrix movies, critically acclaimed, award-winning animated films on factory farming; and through founding and directing the online sustainable food directory the Eat Well Guide.
She organized and led the hugely successful “Eat Well Guided Tour of America”, a cross-country bus trip to 30 cities to promote sustainable food – all through eating and sharing pie.
Diane has mentored artists creating projects around food and farming through the Creative Capital Foundation; mentored startups and entrepreneurs at food accelerator Food-X, and recently joined on as a mentor with Big Idea Ventures, a plant-based, alternative protein food accelerator. She is currently Board Chair for AgArts, a nonprofit imagining a healthy food system through the arts.
In her spare time, Diane attempts to improve her cooking skills and fosters rescue dogs.
Boma Global History
The Chairman and Founder of Boma Global, Lara Stein, created the TEDx program at TED, and grew it into a global movement with more than 15,000 events and more than 1 billion video views.
Through her work with TEDx, Lara learned the innovation power of local communities, and how to harness this power. She also learned how to build a massive volunteer network and how to sustain it long term. After leaving TED, she joined Singularity University, to build a decentralized network of country partners and take them global.
Now, she has joined forces with dozens of country, corporate and community partners with an intimate understanding and appreciation of the power of large-scale, decentralized networks.
Together they’re creating new global network that supports business leaders, politicians, educators, entrepreneurs, young people and grassroots organizers to navigate our rapidly changing world, helping create a better, more sustainable and human centered future for us all.