In re: Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

I heard about this show (and identically named campaign of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution) on ABC a long time back and kind of forgot about it.  Recently I heard it already aired, but thanks to the magic of Hulu I was able to watch all six episodes of the show.  I gotta say I enjoyed the show that follows Jamie Oliver’s attempt to reform food and eating in Huntington, WV which had been named the most unhealthy city in the United States (but in reality is not real different from anywhere else in the US).  While the show has some gimmicky story arcs (a feud w/ a local DJ who he gets to come around, a feud w/ the school chef who comes around etc.) the overall theme is too important for me to get gummed up in such criticism.  The show does show the horror that is the US school lunch program, that pushes frozen, highly processed, unhealthy food. His quest is improve school foods and teach people to cook is an impressive mission that I think is gaining traction in a lot of places.  (For example Granville schools here in central Ohio see Tater Tots?  I Think Not).

What stood out to me as well as improving the food to using fresh food, was the number of students who didn’t know anything about food and made me think teaching cooking, eating and understanding where food comes from need to be parts of the curriculum, lunch shouldn’t be a break.

Anyway, its worth checking out while it’s still on Hulu.


In re: Karma Building

On University Avenue in Palo Alto, Calif., about as close to the heart of Silicon Valley as it’s possible to get, there’s a little two-story building not far from the train station. It’s got a vegan cafe on the first floor. Otherwise, it’s not all that remarkable. But for high tech entrepreneurs, 165 University is legendary. Some of the biggest and fastest-growing companies in the world got their start right there. Some of the corporate tenants have had such good luck, they call it the Karma building.

via The place for good business karma | Marketplace From American Public Media.

An amazingly interesting story on Marketplace today that mentioned a building that has hosted the startups of companies like Google and Paypal. ” Saeed Amidi is one of the owners of the Karma building. Years ago, his family started accepting equity from promising start-ups in exchange for a discounts on rent. The family invested on the ground floor of PayPal, and Google and a couple others. They went from owning this little rug shop to becoming almost accidental venture capitalists.”

Theres more to the story and how Amidi is creating an innovation building for startups, essentially incubator space with all kinds of resources for startups.  Check it out here.