Author: Rachel Greenberger

Rachel Greenberger

The Power of Slow Growth

Grow slow is not a term (or mindset) often associated with entrepreneurs. The lore surrounding the lifestyle suggests that they are high-octane, brazen, impatient, and erratic: “Move fast and break things” à la Mark Zuckerberg. But as Senior Fellow at Food Sol Bob Burke will tell you sixteen ways to Sunday (and did once again…

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Rachel Greenberger

Contextualizing Food Entrepreneur Questions Series

Food Sol supports food entrepreneurship in all its forms – from food product and service startups, across the full industry spectrum, to eater entrepreneurship: the notion that by wallet and plate, anyone who eats can contribute to shaping and influencing the future of food. Plenty of media has covered food entrepreneurship in its obvious manifestations—detailing…

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The Story of Babson Food Day

This October 20-21 marks the fifth annual Babson Food Day. What’s Food Day and why does Babson celebrate it? No surprise: the back story is quite entrepreneurial… The first national Food Day was held October 2011, an initiative of Center for Science in the Public Interest (“CSPI”). On the first Food Day, grassroots organizers all…

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Gene Baur Visits Babson

In early August, an Idaho federal district judge struck down the state’s ag-gag law, which criminalized undercover photography or filming inside industrial feedlots and slaughterhouses. What most captured my attention about this was the judge’s argument that it violated the First Amendment because “food production is not a private matter.” A court’s decision to place…

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How Eater Entrepreneurs Learn at Babson

This month, I taught in Babson’s Summer Study For High School students from all over the world. As always, my topic was ‘food entrepreneurship’, tailored to fit into the rhythm of their five-week program. We opened with a discussion of mindful eating (‘mindfulness’ having been a central theme of the Babson Social Innovation Lab team’s…

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A Food Sol Recipe Replicated

For two years, Food Sol has been in recipe development for our Community Table, a design that weekly brings together food entrepreneurs and students of food to exchange resources and ideas. It became popular at Babson pretty quickly, which led to a question: How would it do in other contexts and communities where the entrepreneurial…

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Structural Holes

My breakthrough read of 2014 was written in 2004, but “Structural Holes and Good Ideas” has done more to validate my wacky way of operating in the world than anything else. Author Ron Burt explores the neighborhood of social capital occupied by “between-group brokers… the people who stand near the holes in a social structure.”…

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