Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch with Eden Green’s Eddy Badrina

“The reality is, we are all interconnected and there’s a broader perspective that a lot of people don’t have on how my actions and the actions of our community then affect the actions of our state, which affect the actions of our country.”

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Episode Summary

Eddy Badrina is the CEO of Eden Green, a vertical farming company that helps people around the world sustainably grow large amounts of food using less land, water, and energy. Eddy is a purpose-driven leader, focusing on employees, inspirational organizational culture, and the communities he serves. Today, Aviv and Eddy share in an exploration of empathetic leadership, what it means to build a ‘redemptive organization,’ and key learnings and formative moments from Eddy’s journey.

Essential Learning Points:

  • [01:40] – Aviv introduces today’s guest, Eddy Badrina who shares what he loves about the work he’s currently doing and the problems Eden Green is solving
  • [06:22] – Vertical farming, explained and what Eden Green does
  • [12:07] – Food Insecurity around the globe
  • [17:42] – Other key players in the vertical farming value chain
  • [21:14] – The demand for ‘organic’
  • [22:37] – Eddy’s vertical farming origin story
  • [24:08] – Building a ‘Redemptive Organization’
  • [27:09] – Eddy reflects on key learnings from working at The U.S. Department of State and The White House
  • [31:17] – The formative moment that awakened this sense of empathetic leadership in Eddy
  • [34:21] – Advice Eddy would give his twenty-five year old self and two learnings that Eddy values above all else
  • [35:26] – Final words of wisdom from Eddy

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