Think Like Pirates serves as an umbrella for my consulting, print and film projects. Here's what I am currently working on:


Dhaka Food Project (Bangladesh) of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. In places with weak social safety nets, the informal economy is the social safety net. It is also a center of social cohesion and remarkable innovation led by those with limited financial assets (the urban and rural poor) This is evidenced in Dhaka’s remarkable public markets. Working with the FAO team on the ground, I provide support to build the capacity-building to the public markets, and (in a time of COVID-19) explore new pop-up markets that deliver safety, proximity and transparency (free from bricks and mortar, which in the past may have provided shelter, but today undermine social distancing). Read the latest Situation Report.

Meatless Monday Ambassadors’ Program for Slow Food International. Devoted to find that overlapping Venn diagram between pleasure and responsibility, better meat and less meat, tradition and innovation, I am working with Slow Food leaders from around the world to promote biodiversity, traditional foods and strategies that make meatless eating a joy. Visit the Meatless Monday Global platform. Read about about the Slow Food approach to Meatless Monday, and read how it is supporting the global Meat the Change campaign.


Market Cities Network: Linking Government, Market Leaders and NGOs to Preserve Food Cultures, Traditions, and Economies. It is an initiative led by the Project for Public Spaces together with the HealthBridge Foundation of Canada, and Slow Food International to recognize the unique magnetism of markets as public spaces and to develop supportive policies that leverage market assets to address a myriad of critical issues: economic, social, and gender inequality, among others. Working across the urban/rural divide in London, Kampala, Barcelona, Hanoi and beyond. Learn more here.


Kuni: How One Man's Ideas Can Transform Rural Japan. The work and writings of Kamiechigo Yamazato Fan Club founder Tsuyoshi Sekihara are the subject of an international research, writing and symposia. Whereas increasingly isolated and shrinking rural communities in Japan face extinction, Sekihara-san has, for the past 20 years, crafted a system of regional management, ongoing ties to urban repeat visitors, and a sense of autonomy that matches direct social services with deeper connections to tradition, the ecology of place and a shared sense of autonomy in the right-sized community of rural Joetsu, Japan. Funded by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, this Japan Society project is also be conducted in partnership with the Japan NPO Center, and others.


School-Supported Agriculture: A Marshall Plan for Rural America. This Bite-Sized Solutions film project, in partnership with e/PRIME Media, examines that whilst Alice Waters's “delicious revolution” in America's schools may be underestimated by philanthropy as too idealistic, too small and precious, dig a little deeper and you'll discover that it instead promises a bold policy shift that harkens back to an earlier age when the public purse made significant investments in other times of crisis: The Marshall Plan when Europe was reeling from World War II. Today, the direct commercial and curricula contact between farmers and students in public schools can reposition rural communities and urban students for prosperity. The power of the public purse to retool rural America can be found in the 29.8 million lunches served daily in US public schools. Read the ideas behind the cropumentary and watch this 20-minute cut.


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