I’m headed back to Austin this October for SXSW Eco. Last year’s program was excellent, I had great fun discussing sustainability and social media, and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with colleagues.
I’m pleased to share that I will be convening another stellar group of panelists again this year. Jed Davis, Director of Sustainability at Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Market Transformation at WWF, and Hod Lipson, Associate Professor of Engineering at Cornell University, will join me to discuss advances in 3D Printing and its potential impact on global food scarcity issues.
Straight out of Star Trek, 3D printing offers the promise of revolutionary change in manufacturing and supply chain management. We pose the question: Is it also the futurist solution to global food scarcity? This path-breaking technology—now available at your local Staples—holds the potential of nutrient-rich food that can be produced locally and on-demand. Is there a solution here that meets global food requirements without the strain on natural resources generated by the Green Revolution, and one that bypasses the privatization of food chains? Two leading thinkers in agriculture and technology innovation join forces with a renowned corporate head of sustainability and visionary robotics engineer to explore the implications of 3D printed food. Join the discussion and challenge your assumptions.
This is going to be a fun and informative panel. If you are headed to Austin, we hope you will join us.
Jason Clay leads the Market Transformation work of WWF-US for agriculture, aquaculture, business and industry, finance, fisheries and forests. He leads WWF’s efforts to work with private sector companies to improve their supply chain management, particularly with regard to ingredient sourcing as well as carbon and water impacts. Dr. Clay is the author of more than 15 books, including World Agriculture and the Environment.
Over the course of his career Dr. Clay has run a family farm, taught at Harvard and Yale, worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and spent more than 25 years working with human rights and environmental organizations before joining WWF in 1999. In addition, Dr. Clay is National Geographic’s first ever Food and Agriculture Fellow and won the 2012 James Beard Award for his work on global food sustainability. Dr. Clay studied at Harvard University and the London School of Economics before receiving a PhD in anthropology and international agriculture from Cornell University.
Jed Davis is Director of Sustainability for Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Vermont’s historic dairy farmer cooperative that dates back to 1919. Jed received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees from Dartmouth College. He moved to Vermont in 1991 to begin working at Cabot and has since held a variety of marketing, sales and operations positions. Jed has previously served as Cabot’s “ambassador” to numerous industry groups including the American Cheese Society, the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, the Vermont Specialty Food Association and as a founding member of the Vermont Cheese Council. In 2008, Jed was named Cabot’s first Director of Sustainability and his efforts now center on helping Cabot achieve its own understanding of “Sustainability” – “living within our means and ensuring the means to live” – from cow-to-creamery-to-customer. Jed represents Cabot on state initiatives including the Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council and Green Up Vermont, as well as on national efforts with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. In 2010, Jed was named a fellow in the Dana Meadows Leadership Program of the Sustainability Institute.
Michelle Erickson designs strategic, leading-edge solutions at the intersection of technology, innovation, and sustainability. Principal of Erickson Strategies, previously, Dr. Erickson served as Initiative Director, Sustainability & Research for Citi Global Operations & Technology. There, she created strategy and drove implementation for two, first-of-their-kind global programs, impacting 260,000 employees in 160 countries. Under her leadership, Citi was twice named America’s Greenest Bank by Bank Technology News and named three years in a row a Top Green IT organization by Computerworld.
Dr. Erickson has been a Fellow of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge and the Institute for the History of the Present, a laboratory of the French National Center for Scientific Research. In 2010 she was named a Dana Meadows Leadership Fellow of the Sustainability Institute. Erickson studied at Tulane University and in the University of Paris system before earning a PhD from New York University.
Hod Lipson is a professor of engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a co-author of the recent book “Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing.” His work on self-aware and self-replicating robots, food printing, and bio-printing has received widespread media coverage including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, CNN, and the National Public Radio. Lipson has co-authored over 200 technical papers and speaks frequently at high-profile venues such as TED and the US National Academies. Dr. Lipson directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new ways to make machines that create, and machines that are creative.
Dr. Lipson received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Technion Israel Institute of Technology. Before joining the faculty of Cornell in 2001, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Brandeis University and a Lecturer at MIT.