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Brave Enough To Build It

Jessica Johnston May 31, 2021

The age of existential disruption demands we embrace uncomfortable truths. We can not achieve our goals of a more sustainable, equitable future using the same rules and tactics that brought us here, to the brink. Seizing this as a moment to tackle long known barriers to progress is the only way forward. This session includes insights born from the recent work of a diverse cohort of advocates and activists, including some who united for the first time, in the midst of Pandemia and the uprising for justice. In just 100 days, this team created Plantega – a new brand on a mission to make climate positive food more accessible to undervalued communities of color everyday. Learn how disrupting stale systems with new thinking can help build a better future.



Meta Themes

  • Equity & Inclusion


Food Justice, Disrupting Systems, Climate Positive Food

Purpose and Desired Outcome

To highlight how New Yorkers are breaking down barriers to make plant-based foods accessible and inspiring others to take action


  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Artists & Culture-makers

  • Corporate & SME

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)


  • NameNil Zacharias
  • Title EVP, Food Systems Innovation
  • OrganizationEffect Partners
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameErick Castro
  • TitlePlantega - Culinary and Creative Director
  • OrganizationPlantega
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameJillian Seeman
  • TitleFood and The Environment Director
  • OrganizationEarth Day Network
  • StatusInvited
  • NameHaile Thomas
  • TitleAuthor, speaker and food justice advocate
  • OrganizationN/A
  • StatusInvited
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