September has been a busy month. I attended Slow Food Nation in San Francisco, where I grazed for story ideas and on delicious morsels of farm-fresh food. I also caught up with my coffee world contacts at the coffee pavilion, beautifully curated by Ecco Caffe's Andrew Barnett, Ritual's Eileen Hassi, and coffee consultant Tony Konecny; went to a panel where Dan Barber, Michael Pollan, Winona LaDuke, and Gary Nabhan spoke about re-localizing the food system; saw a preview of Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser's upcoming movie, Food Inc.; and attended a dinner where environmental activist and author Vandana Shivaspoke.
I've been working on a few articles that will be out soon, but in the meantime here are two recent pieces I've written for JANERA.com, the Voice of Global Nomads. One, a Q&A with New York Times Frugal Traveler Matt Gross; the other, a blog post about a recent Saturday I spent going door-to-door for Obama-Biden in Northeastern Philadelphia.
Here's my attempt to sum up the conversations we had last night at the Global Nomad dinner salon at NYC's Norwood Club, where Parag Khanna, Berhanu Nega (Mayor elect of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) and Mathew Bishop from the Economist spoke about America's waning hegemony.