Don Seville

Don Seville

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Don brings a background in systems thinking and organizational learning to the Food Lab’s leadership team. He is leading the Sustainable Livelihoods work within the lab, which is developing partnerships between companies and NGOs to pilot trading models that connect small scale producers to modern markets.

Don’s passion is engaging companies, farmers, and consumers in the challenge and opportunity of creating a food system that better stewards the land, continues to have space for family farmers, reduces rural poverty and food insecurity, and brings healthy and quality food to people in ways that connect them to the food story.

In 1997, he helped found Cobb Hill Co-housing, a farm based “eco-village” in Hartland, Vermont where he currently lives with his wife, son and daughter and raises sheep.

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Creating Causal Theories

Peasants in southwest France have been selling smelly but delicious black truffles to restaurants for more than $600 a kilo (2.2 lb). Not surprisingly, …

Entry Points to Modeling: Listening for “Dilemmas”

One of the biggest contributions that systems thinking can make is to help managers build theories about why things happen the way they do.

Using Systems Thinking “On-Line”: Listening for Competing Hypotheses

A common approach for using systems thinking in a group setting is to set aside a specific time to explore a significant issue containing …

Action-to-Outcome Mapping: Testing Strategy with Systems Thinking

In the “classic” systems thinking approach, a group uses mapping and modeling to help explain an important behavior over time. While we occasionally encounter …

Pea Beans in Ethiopia: Challenges of Creating New Business Models for Sustainable Livelihoods

Ethiopia is a wonderfully unusual place in Africa. It has never been colonized, only occupied by the Italians during World War II for about …

An Economy Designed to Sustain the Environment

You have probably heard of Lester Brown’s work before whether you know it or not. For the past 30 years, when an environmentalist or …

We Can’t Afford to “Wait and See” on Climate Changes

Recent Bush administration statements on climate change just do not add up. The U. S. President and his advisers refer to the heat-trapping effects …

Reader Response to “Will Success Spoil Krispy Kreme Donuts?”

While never having tasted a Krispy Kreme donut (though the “pillowy” softness in the description was almost enough to motivate me to get in …