Climate Activist, UN Advisor, Resilient Futurist
As an Advocate for the SDG’s, UN Advisor and Resilient Futurist, Social Innovation, Climate Change, Agriculture, Food, and Beverage Expert Network member of the World Economic Forum, Global Food Reformist, and Sustainable Futurist, Marc is on a mission to empower billions of global citizens to live an adaptive lifestyle of health and sustainability within planetary boundaries.
Marc has been involved in Climate Activism for a long time and would love to show you how to run faster than climate change by being an impactful and exponential human being. One of the first to be trained by Al Gore as a Climate Speaker he has made getting through the Climate Crisis towards Resilient Desirable Futures his life’s work. As an Advocate for the SDG’s, UN Advisor and Resilient Futurist, Social Innovation, Climate Change, Agriculture, Food, and Beverage Expert Network member of the World Economic Forum, Global Food Reformist, and Sustainable Futurist, Marc is on a mission to empower billions of global citizens to live an adaptive lifestyle of health and sustainability within planetary boundaries.
Marc is the host of Inside Ideas https://www.youtube.com/c/InsideIdeas a Video and Audio Podcast produced by OnePoint5 Media and Innovators Magazine. Systemic change is needed to move us on to the right side of history. Marc Buckley talks with the game-changers on a mission to get us there as fast as possible. He takes a deep dive with thought leaders, Innovators, Futurists, and those solving Global Grand challenges. Listen to renowned experts share their insight on topics including sustainability, environmentalism, global food reform, SDG plan to get us to 2030, regenerative practices, systems thinking, critical thinking, innovation, new economic models, and new civilization frameworks. Available on Social media, YouTube, Spotify, iTunes News, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Breaker, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Overcast, and Pocket Casts.
His aim is to reform the agriculture, food and beverage industry with impactful projects and moonshot companies. For example, he teaches and speaks worldwide on climate change and food reform. Marc has also taught entrepreneurs how to build and grow resilient, sustainable, and profitable businesses.
The most prominent examples are ALOHAS Resilience Foundation and the ALOHAS ECO-Center, which he co-founded and where he serves as Chief Executive Officer. The ALOHAS ECO-Center is a sustainable food and beverage production company that creates renewable energy and resources without fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions, or waste. As an expert on sustainable development, Marc consults for companies in their renewable transition with specialization in innovative systems, recycling, packaging, and organic, raw, and vegan products.
As a Social Serial Entrepreneur, he has been involved in many companies as well as several international family businesses: indeed he comes from five generations of Germanys largest organic farmers and four generations of European Hydroponic Agronomists.
Marc is also a Champion for Global Citizen social movement to end extreme poverty. Founder of For Everyone Earth. Member of Climate Chain Coalition. Member of ResearchGate and Future Earth Network. Former Germany and Austria Country Manager for Al Gores Climate Reality Project and an international speaker on the climate crisis. Active Member of UN SDSN and SDGAcademy. Member of BOMA Global Brain Trust. Delegate at EAT Stockholm Food Forum. Party Delegate at UNFCCC COP events. Sustainable Futurist for the UN conducting Workshops setting the Roadmap for desirable futures to 2050 UNFCCC Resilience Frontiers and Resilience Lab. An ambassador for Future Food Institute. Adjunct Professor for Berlin School of Sustainable Futures, University of Applied Sciences. Committee member for Environment and Innovation for the Italian Federation of Human Rights FIDU – Federazione Italiana Diritti Umani.
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Co-founder, Reunity Resources, Reunity Farm
Juliana is co-founder of Reunity Resources and Reunity Farm, a community farm located in Agua Fria Village, Santa Fe, New Mexico. She grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers following regenerative and organic farming standards.
Reunity Farm emphasizes access to local foods by donating produce to community hunger efforts annually and operating a neighborhood farm stand ten hours a week. They also host field trips, volunteer groups, and workshops.
In response to the covid-19 crisis, Reunity is furthering their collaborations to fill in gaps in hunger support systems available in Santa Fe. Partner organization Communities in Schools has identified over 150 families in need of food resources and unable to access what is currently available due to the challenges of working an essential job and having children at home full-time. Communities in Schools is concerned that these already vulnerable children and families will suffer more duress and anguish if we cannot support their basic essential needs.
The highest need is for nutrient-dense ready-to-eat meals, and Reunity Resources is pivoting a higher percentage of farm fresh food towards donations to serve these families. Juliana has organized a coalition with restaurant partner Cafecito to turn fresh farm foods into delicious and ready-to-eat meals that can be added to the weekly distribution route.
Reunity Farm offers online ordering and purchasing of farm produce for pick up during Farm Stand Hours (Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or for delivery. Farm Stand officially opens for the season on May 19, and Farm Card holders and members will receive first notice about pop-up farm stands happening sooner.
Founder, DC Central Kitchen, LA Kitchen
Robert Egger founded the D.C. Central Kitchen, the Campus Kitchen Project, and the L.A. Kitchen, which have collectively produced over 40 million meals and helped over 2,000 individuals attain jobs.
In Washington, he was the founding Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on Nutrition, and Street Sense (Washington’s homeless newspaper). In addition, he is a Founding Board member of The World Central Kitchen with Jose Andres, Robert was also the Co-Convener of the first Nonprofit Congress and the Founder of the CFoward PAC, which worked to help elect people who ran nonprofits.
He also wrote the award winning book, Begging for Change. Robert is an international speaker, and he has received dozens of awards over the years for his ideas and work, including being named a Point of Light, an Oprah Angel, Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, and a Washingtonian of the Year.
He was also the only direct service provider to appear on the Nonprofit Times list of the Most Powerful & Influential Nonprofit Leaders from 2006-2009. And last but not least, Robert is a 15-gallon blood donor with the American Red Cross.
President & CEO, Partnership for a Healthier America
Nancy E. Roman leads the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to creating lasting, sustainable change that transforms the culture of food and activity so that all children grow up healthy. During her tenure, Nancy has led PHA to more fully recognize the impact of food on chronic disease and to embrace objectives advancing global sustainable nutrition.
Prior to joining PHA, Nancy was the President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank, working to solve hunger and its companion problems: chronic undernutrition and diet-related disease. Under her leadership, the food bank became a national voice for embedding health and wellness in hunger relief work.
Nancy sat on the leadership team of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), overseeing public policy, private partnerships, and communications for the world’s largest humanitarian agency feeding 100 million people in 75 countries. She chaired WFP’s Investment Committee with more than $1 billion under management and served on the Nutrition Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Prior to joining WFP, Nancy served as Vice President of the Council on Foreign Relations, President of the G7 Group, a strategic consulting firm, and as a journalist, covering politics, the US Congress, foreign policy and economics.
Nancy is a member of the board of trustees of Global Communities, an international NGO that works on hunger, health, micro-finance and lending to support lives and livelihoods, and of the Millennial Action Project (MAP), which organizes nonpartisan communities to find common ground on the issues facing millennials and future generations. She was recently named one of “The Most Powerful Women in Washington” by Washingtonian magazine. She speaks internationally on women in leadership and on the power of food to shape health.
Nancy holds a Master of Arts degree in International Economics and American Foreign Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and French from Baylor University. She is married to Steven Cohen and has two children, Daniel and Taylor.
Sam Van Aken
Tree of 40 Fruit – Artist, Farmer, Professor
Sam Van Aken‘s art combines sophisticated technology with traditional modes of art-making. Van Aken’s projects cross boundaries between artistic genres, including performance, installation, video, photography, and sculpture.
With each body of work, he selects practices and new perspectives that provide a kinesthetic perception of objects and a visceral charge. His current projects include the Tree of 40 Fruit and Open Orchard.
Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Sam received his undergraduate education in Communication Theory and Art. Immediately following his studies he lived and worked in Poland under the auspices of the Andy Warhol Foundation and the United States Information Agency. Returning after several years in Europe, Sam received his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001.
Since this time his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally receiving numerous honors including a Joan Mitchell Award, Association of International Curator’s of Art Award and a 2009 Creative Capital Grant. Sam is currently an Associate Professor in the Art Department at Syracuse University.