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Healthy Food: Our Primary Connection with the Earth including Creative Offerings from DJ Cavem
Recorded on Apr 22, 2014
With Ashara Ekundayo: Chief Creative Officer at Impact Hub Oakland & Trathen Heckman: Co-founding director of Daily Acts Organization, board president of Transition U.S. & Elizabeth Kucinich: Documentary Producer, Policy Director at the Center for Food Safety & Ocean Robbins: Founder of YES! & DJ Cavem: Hip Hop Artist, Vegan Chef
Hosted by Ashara Ekundayo

All three of the presenters are pioneers in our understanding of food that is truly healthy for people, communities, and planet. Tune in for a lively dialogue.

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Ashara Ekundayo is a cultural worker and connector of the urban landscape and has served as catalyst, curator, educator, and producer for more than 23 years. Considered a thought-leader and strategic executor, she honed her business skills in the non-profit sector and is often found moderating or presenting in forums exploring the intersections of sustainable design, money, and meaning. As a consultant she works with organizations to build capacity for increased community engagement through the uses of creative arts practice, exhibition, and project management.

A Certified Permaculture Designer, serial social entrepreneur, and lifetime activist committed to social justice, Ashara has supported individuals and companies in the redesign of their brand and marketing strategies utilizing a myriad of tools and practices. Selected by the Ashoka Foundation as a social innovator “stimulating the green economy," Ashara works as a sustainability mentor by designing innovative curriculum and programing to support transformative healing in communities around the world. 

Ashara is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Impact Hub Oakland, an innovation collaboratory & co-working space for social entrepreneurs engaged in building a just society through business development. She is also the Curator for Omi Gallery, a visual and sound arts venue featuring one-person exhibitions and performances.

Trathen Heckman is the co-founder of Daily Acts Organization, board president of Transition U.S. and a front yard farmer. Trathen works with engaged citizens, leaders and networks to provide innovative community-based solutions, which harness the power of nature and inspired action to build leadership and local self-reliance. This ranges from installing food forests from front yards to City Hall landscapes to helping mobilize thousands of sustainability actions as part of the Community Resilience Challenge, a Daily Acts program that has been replicated regionally and nationally. Trathen is a founding member of the Sonoma County Food System Alliance and worked actively with the Sonoma County Greywater Working Group which participated in the 2009 California state Greywater law update. He lives in the Petaluma River Watershed where he grows food, medicine and wonder while working to compost apathy and lack.

Elizabeth Kucinich is a producer of two documentaries, GMO OMG and Hot Water, and a passionate advocate for pure food, health, animals and nutrition. Elizabeth is a board director of J/P HRO (Sean Penn's Haitian Relief Organization), the Rodale Institute (the oldest organic research institute in America, est. 1947), and is the Policy Director at the Center for Food Safety (CFS) in Washington, DC. CFS is the foremost legal authority on food and agricultural issues in the United States having successfully prevented at least seven potentially hazardous GE crops from being commercialized, and been a key advocate for GE food labeling. CFS has filed numerous groundbreaking legal petitions to halt the use of dangerous feed additives in industrial livestock operations and has ramped up its legal and policy efforts to protect pollinators from toxic pesticides while being an advocate for strong organic standards and protections for family farms.

Before joining CFS, Elizabeth was the director of public & government affairs at PCRM, shaping initiatives to reform federal nutrition policies and to promote advanced alternatives to the use of animals in medical education and research. In years prior, she was an advisor and congressional liaison for the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and organized the American Monetary Institute’s first international conference on monetary reform. Elizabeth has lived and worked in slums in India and rural communities in Tanzania, East Africa. As someone who has spent much of her life traveling, Elizabeth values the importance of home - the place where individuals become families and the wayfarer finds sanctuary - so she has established a socially conscious real estate firm, Capitol Estates. Elizabeth shares the funds she raises through her business and referrals from across the nation, with charitable causes. She is married to Dennis Kucinich (Fox News contributor, fmr 8-term Congressman & two-time US Presidential Candidate).

Ocean Robbins is co-founder and CEO of the 100,000+ member Food Revolution Network, adjunct professor in Chapman University’s Peace Studies Department, and co-author of Voices of the Food Revolution. He founded Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) at age 16, and directed the organization for 20 years. Ocean has spoken in person to more than 200,000 people and facilitated hundreds of gatherings for leaders from 65+ nations. He is a recipient of the Freedom's Flame Award and the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service. Ocean is the father special needs twins born in 2001.

Straight out the garden, representing the Historic Five Points, DJ Cavem is an O.G.: Organic Gardener, “teachin’ HIP HOP history and how to grow greens” and not the ones you roll. He is HIP HOP: Higher Inner Peace, Helping Other People, an award winning activist, founder of the Brown Suga Youth Festival, a Green For All Fellow, B-Boy and Midwife. This Vegan chef is producing more than just beets; harvesting three albums: “Deep Rokc”, “The Teacher’s Lounge” and “The Produce Section”. He is on iTune’s working with Dead Prez, Umi, Digable Planets, KRS-One, Rebel Diaz and Bun B just to name a few. He has played with artists such as Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Les Nubians, K’naan, Gil Scott-Heron, and has performed internationally in Burkina Faso, Paris, London, and Amsterdam.