This year’s event will feature two keynote speakers at the forefront of developing and integrating innovative business practices to increase the sustainability of the business landscape and our community, Gordon Feller and Nick Papadopoulos.
Gordon Feller, Director of Urban Innovation at Cisco Systems, has worked for decades on economic and technology issues with large clients including the World Bank, United Nations, the German and Canadian national governments, the Rockefeller Foundation, and more. His work focuses on utilizing advanced technology with a practical application to improve economic, social, and environmental systems. Gordon is the former CEO and a current board member of Urban Age Institute, an international non-profit that promotes leadership and innovation in urban planning. He is also the Co-Founder of Meeting of the Minds, a meeting of key urban sustainability and technology stakeholders to build effective and lasting partnerships.
In June 2014, Gordon was appointed as a Global Fellow of the Commons Lab, organized by the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program.[i]
Nick Papadopoulos is a food systems entrepreneur who relentlessly digs for impact through innovation and collaboration. After a career in corporate and community consulting, he returned to his family’s farm and began planting innovations to help the farm as well as regional food systems. In 2013 he co-founded CropMobster, which pioneered the use of social media to tackle food waste.
Currently, in addition to farm chores, he is pitching in on DirtCred, a Zagat-like recognition platform driven by local farmers, and Corigin, a startup converting agricultural waste into carbon negative organic products to transform the economics of farming. In 2014 he was appointed to delegate positions for the UN Foundation’s Global Accelerator and Slow Food USA and was honored by his local Red Cross chapter with their Real Hero Award.