From the farm to the fellowship: A Stanford student discusses joining Joint Venture

by Lukas Lopez-Jensen

Lukas Lopez-Jensen

Back in September, I took a Stanford class on regional politics in Silicon Valley with President Hancock (Russ, as I know him). Within weeks, I was transfixed by the intricate, beautiful, hot mess that is the Valley. It was the only class of mine that allowed me to engage directly with agents in the real world—city council members, Google workers, and local activists—and learn about their issues in ways much more compelling than the internet and textbooks can offer.

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A time for systems thinking

by Robin Martin

pancakes on plates on a tray

The kiddos made us chocolate chip pancakes in bed!

Had this pandemic not shaken the US food system to the core, I would have spent the next few years happily chugging along in my own lane - supporting the food recovery organizations of Silicon Valley and working on next steps for our area around new laws for food recovery. Now it's impossible to ignore how interconnected we all are as humans, how interconnected all our work lives are, and how changes in one corner of the food system ripple out to affect the rest of us.

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What happens to a dream deferred?

Harlem

Harlem

By Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

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About the Blog

There's something about a crisis that brings people closer together. The Joint Venture Blog was created on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic as we shelter in place. Stepping outside our usual structure, the blog is intended to provide an informal window into the people and the inner workings of the organization. Please feel free to jump in with your own comments.