Ag Conference 2012
September 20 & 21, 2012
Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu
Aloha colleagues and friends in agriculture and agriculture supporting
You are warmly invited to join us for the 2012 Hawaii Agricultural
Conference: Leveraging Partnerships for Profit on September 20-21, 2012 at
the Hawaii Convention Center. We found this topic to be timely as the global
tide is trending towards sharing and collaboration as a means to secure a
Brought on by increased price sensitivity, social
networking capabilities and environmental awareness, a phenomena coined
“collaborative consumption” has brought on a wave of traditional lending,
partnering, renting and bartering that has the potential to fundamentally
change the way in which business is conducted.
This new approach is
exemplified by Craigslist, ZipCar (car sharing service) and Airbnb (peer to
peer accommodations), which are all spreading like wildfire, remove the
middle-man and put use of product above ownership.
What advantages could these concepts bring to agriculture in Hawaii? What
resources exist in your community that could be shared rather than
duplicates sitting idly at each operation? What relationships could be
leveraged to a shared advantage? At the conference we will explore this
trend at the global level across sectors followed by an examination of local
examples to stimulate thought and demonstrate how this thinking could bring
agriculture to the cutting edge, lead to stronger relationships and
ultimately more money in the pockets of those who deserve it.
We are really excited to bring speakers like
who has devoted years to creating a Food Commons, a system of vertical
integration and cooperation forming partnerships within a new economic
Sarah Stokes Alexander
is the Director of Environment Practice for The Keystone Center will help us
fine-tune our collaborative problem-solving models, tools and skills. She
has great examples of successful collaborative ventures.
Ten Ideas that will Change the World? – here’s one of them!
Anderson and Collaborative Consumption, what is it and how can we get on board?
And, of course, we’ve prepared a slate full of local agricultural
professionals sharing local examples of partnerships and profitability. Keep
checking back as we develop additional program details, but register now to
take advantage of the Early Bird registration fees!
You can’t miss these two days of informative programming! Check out the
trade show and enjoy the company of one another around the freshest food the
island offers at our all Hawaii luncheon. Join us, bring your colleagues and
friends and be a part of the conversations that inspire and equip us for
We look forward to seeing you there,
The conference planning team: Tova Callender and Steve Kai, Co-Chairs,
Mark Cummings, Diane Ley, John McHugh and Jane Yamashiro.