Natalie Vaughan-Wynn is the Small Planet Institute’s Manager. Working from the Cambridge office, she is responsible for the overall administration and management of the Institute, as well as coordinating outreach, marketing, and program development. Her diverse experiences, from working in an Alaskan cannery to piloting a food stamp acceptance program for the Spokane Farmers’ Market to consulting for Winrock International in Central Asia, shape her perspective around Small Planet’s sphere of work. She has worked in multiple countries, including Niger, where she served as a Hausa-speaking Peace Corps volunteer in the Tahoua region. She is also an Americorps alum and in 2008 received the President's Volunteer Service Award. Most recently, she earned a Master’s in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University while working in varying capacities with Oxfam America. A west coast transplant, she now lives in the Boston area with her husband and their toddler.
Ria Knapp is the Small Planet Institute’s Editorial & Administrative Assistant at the Cambridge office. She supports the Small Planet Institute’s varied and dynamic initiatives in the areas of research, writing, and executive and administrative support. Additionally, she helps to manage the Institute’s website & design content, social media and outreach campaigns. Ria graduated from Boston University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. From there, she has worked in a variety of sustainability-centered positions including Environmental Coordinator at Patagonia Inc. and Campaign Coordinator at Climate Counts. From Paris, France to Portland, Oregon, she has worked and traveled in a number of diverse locations, which has deepened her understanding of global environmental and human issues. After returning back to the east coast, Ria ran the 2009 Boston Marathon and recently earned a Master’s from Harvard University, where she studied food systems, sustainable development, and alternative transportation. She currently lives a short bicycle ride across the river in Boston.
lida Shao is the Small Planet Institute Programs Manager working more closely with Anna. Working out of Brooklyn, she is responsible for the overall administration & management of the Small Planet Institute, as well as for coordinating outreach, fundraising, and research for program development. lida graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in December 2005 with a B.A. in Education and Community Health. Since birth, lida has participated in building movements towards the liberation from all oppression. She is inspired by all those who struggle to tell the stories of the Japanese war on China during WWII and ask for reparations, for the abolition of all prisons, for food liberation, and for justice that is transformative and supportive. She has spent time learning and teaching languages in rural China and Guatemala. She is currently learning about sustainable urban agriculture.
Richard Rowe is a Senior Fellow of the Small Planet Institute and the publisher of Small Planet Media. He is founder, chair and CEO of Open Learning Exchange (OLE) International. Dr. Rowe has focused his career on national and international policies and services that strengthen children, families and communities. A clinical psychologist by training, he was Director of the Test Development and Research Office of the West African Examinations Council, a former Associate Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and director of Harvard’s interfaculty doctoral program in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice; he has served on the Massachusetts State Board of Education, chairing the Board’s education reform task force, and on the MIT Press Board of Directors. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Technology and Education and of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Anthony Lappé is Media Advisor and Producer of web documentaries for the Small Planet Institute (See Getting a Grip on Money and Politics, Part 1 and 2). He is a founder of INVISIBLE HAND, a production company dedicated to helping groups and individuals create powerful media for change. After graduating from NYU and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Anthony worked as a freelance feature writer for The New York Times while a producer for MTV News. In 2000, he helped found the Guerrilla News Network, whose groundbreaking web shorts won numerous awards including the Sundance Online Film Festival. He produced GNN’s award-winning Showtime documentary about Iraq, BattleGround: 21 Days on the Empire’s Edge. He has taught documentary video at NYU, Mediabistro and to Palestinian journalists in the West Bank. He has appeared on numerous media outlets around the world, including the BBC, Sky News and NPR, and has been a guest host on Air America Radio. In addition, Lappé has spoken at numerous college campuses and institutions, including the Library of Congress and London’s Institute of Contemporary Art. He has written for Details, New York, Paper, Vice and Salon, among many others. He is the co-author of True Lies (Plume) and author of Shooting War (Grand Central), which was called “scary smart” by Rolling Stone and one of the top graphic novels of all time by Rough Guides. It has been republished in France, Spain, Italy and the UK, where it’s being developed into a TV mini-series. In 2009, he was the story producer for Brink, a weekly news magazine on the Science Channel produced by CBS News Productions.
Lauren is a senior studying international affairs and journalism at Northeastern University. Her interest in sustainability began at Farm Aid, supporting small family-owned farms in the United States. Since then she has done outreach with GrowNYC, a non-profit working towards a more sustainable New York City, and interned as a newbie tomato caretaker/greens picker/chicken chaser at the Brooklyn Grange, a 2-acre diversified farm located on two rooftops in Brooklyn and Queens. Lauren hopes to ultimately split her time between facilitating conversation about the future of the world’s food system and digging in the dirt. In her free time she enjoys cooking and racing triathlons.
Allyson is a senior at Boston University, graduating in May with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and a double minor in Arabic and History. Her interests include conflict resolution, sustainability and diplomatic initiatives through cultural awareness. She has traveled throughout the United States and has lived abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. Allyson is passionate about the Small Planet Institute’s work and mission, and is involved in social media resources, research and development. When she is not working with Small Planet or studying on BU’s campus, Allyson likes to go running, volunteer at animal shelters and take adventures around the city.
Nina Das is delighted to be a part of the Small Planet team. She is excited to market and promote Small Planet's ideals online as a summer intern. Nina is working to spread awareness of both events and literature that align with Small Planet's initiatives. Nina recently completed her first year at Cornell University, where she is studying Economics and Information Science. On campus, she is involved in environmental and business organizations. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, running, and baking.
Greg is the Small Planet Institute’s Social Media Coordinator during the summer of 2012. Working out of the Cambridge office, Greg is responsible for developing and managing a new online strategy designed to engage followers of Frances Moore Lappé. Greg seeks to further the reach of the Institute by experimenting with new forms of media, as well as using analytics to determine their effectiveness. A student at Wesleyan University, Greg is a psychology major interested in how traditional marketing tactics can be used to do good.
Ethan is a rising junior at Brown University concentrating in American history. In addition to his major, he has taken classes in environmental studies and anthropology, including courses on environmental law and policy, agricultural systems, and human rights. Outside of class, Ethan is a writer and editor for The Brown Daily Herald and is a campus tour guide. Ethan’s principle interests lie in climate change mitigation and adaptation, especially in its relationship with food production and consumption. He is interested in researching successful case studies of sustainable food systems, and looking at the ways in which inspiring stories of groups and individuals can influence large-scale policy changes.
Emma will be a senior at Penn State studying Nutritional Sciences and Psychology. She is very interested in sustainable food systems and food policy, and excited to be a part of the Small Planet Institute's summer team. Emma will be helping with Institute's social media campaign, website content, research, and exploring creative ideas to spread Small Planet's values. In her free time, Emma loves to cook, hike and camp.
Joshua Matthew Peters is much more than a graphic designer who is allergic to baby carrots. He is a photographer who's also allergic to melons, bananas, nuts, and lacks the enzymes to properly digest lactose. He regards these obstacles as the brick and mortar of a dietary foundation that has led to the Small Planet Institute. By early morning Joshua aids in designing the SPI visual aesthetics into a cohesive online presence. In the mid-day he secures the reception desk of The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University but prefers to be called a concierge. Late nights are spent in a meditative state pondering the many ways Americans visually communicate "food" and how this can be translated to promote the evolution of our food system to be healthy, sustainable, and delicious.
This spring Emma graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a major in Environmental Studies, and just got back from the Rio+20 international environmental summit on sustainable development where she was conducting research for a political anthropology study. Emma is overjoyed to be working as a research intern at the Small Planet Institute, and is a long-time fan of Frances Moore Lappe's work. She loves farms and food and is very good at milking goats.
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