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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