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Sweetgreen: Success with Health

Opening a restaurant is an insanely difficult thing to do. There’s so much that goes into just the premise of the business that most restaurants fail within the first six months. The food industry is unlike any other industry in the world. It solely relies on people’s taste preferences.

To find success with a restaurant, a lot of things have to line the first time. If something goes wrong during that first visit, a bad reputation will stick with the business until things change. But, if a company creates a brilliant place with great food that people love to eat, then that restaurant just might live to see another year. Learn more about Nathaniel Ru:

To create a brilliant restaurant, owners would have to start from scratch. If any restaurant owner wants to know what a success legacy restaurant looks, they should no further than Sweetgreen. Sweetgreen is a huge high-end salad chain that’s capitalizing on America’s newfound passion for health.

Sweetgreen began as a simple healthy food option for college students attending Georgetown University. Its three co-founders decided to go beyond just having fresh ingredients for their recipes. Every Sweetgreen serves locally grown organic produce in all of its salads. This also ensures that every recipe is fresh and healthy.

Sweetgreen’s co-CEOs can teach other companies about more than just food. Since the start, the trio wanted technology to play a huge role in their company’s daily transactions. Thanks to their website and mobile app, nearly one-third of their transactions occur online. Read more: Nathaniel Ru | LinkedIn and  Sweetgreen Founder Interview – Nathaniel Ru | Business Insider

Another thing the trio could teach: modern management strategies. Big corporate headquarters don’t work for every business. Some businesses need new forms of management. Sweetgreen is a company focused on its diners, which is why every Sweetgreen office worker works in one of their restaurants at least five times a year.

The first Sweetgreen restaurant opened in 2007. Ten years ago, Nathaniel Ru, Jonathan Neman, and Nicolas Jammet decided to go into business with each other. Their first step: noticing a lack of healthy food options in the Georgetown area. That was the first time they met with local farmers to talk about what makes better food.

They’ve learned a lot since those early days with not many regrets. Obviously, some lessons have to be learned, but there are a few things that Nathaniel Ru would change.

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund Is Bringing Justice To The Oppressed

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is a benevolent initiative that was created with the objective of helping individuals who are facing injustices in the society. Every day, a lot of people are discriminated because of various reasons such as race, nationality or even social status.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is the brainchild of two philanthropists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The idea of the charity was born when the duo experienced firsthand the injustices that are usually meted on immigrants. After having their day in court, Jim and Michael were awarded millions of dollars in settlement, and they decided to use the money to help others who are in similar situations. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Michael Lacey | Facebook

Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin had careers in journalism before they decided to go full throttle at philanthropy. In Arizona, the duo had formed a weekly publication that was centered in Phoenix. The newspaper would highlight developing stories in the region.

At the time when Mike and Jim were running their publication, Joe Arpaio was the sitting Sheriff of Maricopa County. The man was one of the most respected sheriffs in the United States. Amidst all his toughness, Joe Arpaio’s career was ridden with countless controversies. The sheriff had committed a lot of injustices against some factions of the Phoenix populace.

He was well known for singling out individuals by their race. Most of those who were affected by Joe’s discrimination included people from Latin America. Joe Arpaio would apply the law selectively to ensure immigrants got the harshest treatment in his jurisdiction.

When Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin got wind of the injustices Joe Arpaio was committing, they decided to highlight the story on their publication. The story went viral, and the duo was arrested. During their incarceration, the duo was held for forty-eight hours without being told what they were being given their charges.

When Mike and Jim were released, they sought for recourse in court. They filed a suit against Joe Arpaio for abuse of office and wanted the court to order Sheriff to settle them a total of $3 million.

After a victory in court, Mike and Jim decided to devote their settlement money into a fund that agitates for the observance of human rights within the immigrant communities. So far, the fund has helped a lot of individuals get recourse whenever their fundamental rights are violated even as immigrants.

Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin are helping a lot of persons who are in distress because of the violation of their rights as immigrants.

Thor Leonardo Halvorssen the Film Maker

Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza was born on March 9, 1976, is a Venezuelan who is mostly known as a human rights activist with interests in the fields of public policy, individual rights, public interest advocacy, civil liberties as well as pro-democracy advocacy. Halvorssen’s opinions have featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The Nation, National Journal and Time magazine. He has also appeared on television stations such as al-Jazeera, Fox News Channel’s, BBC, Hannity & Colmes, MSNBC, CNN and HBO. Halvorssen was a speaker at prestigious TEDx at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. Halvorssen’s work has been celebrated by The New York Times. On top of these, some may not know that Halvorssen is an accomplished movie maker.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

The Hollywood Reporter says that Halvorssen is currently producing the movie adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s fiction novel, “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”. Halvorssen also co-produced the film where Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino, and Andrew Vajna were the executive producers. The movie which relates the story of the popular rebellion against dictatorship which occurred in Hungary in 1956 premiered at the coveted Tribeca Film Festival.

Hammer & Tickle
Halvorssen is the executive producer of Hammer & Tickle, a movie about the power of ridicule, humor and satire as the ultimate language of truth under the infamous Soviet tyranny. This film premiered at the Tribeca in 2006. It featured Lech Wałęsa, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan and Roy Medvedev. It won the Best New Documentary Film award at the Zurich Film Festival.

The Singing Revolution
Halvorssen is the producer of the film “The Singing Revolution,” a movie about Estonia’s peaceful fight for political independence from Soviet dominance. The film premiered in 2006 at the Black Nights Film Festival where it received a quarter-hour standing ovation. Henceforth, it has become the most successful documentary in the history of Estonian box-office.

The Sugar Babies
Halvorssen produced “The Sugar Babies”, a movie about human trafficking happening in the Dominican Republic and the plight of the migrant farm workers. The film premiered at Florida International University and Thor’s lacrosse camp.

Halvorssen is listed as the sole producer of 2081, the movie adaptation of author Kurt Vonnegut’s story “Harrison Bergeron.” It is a dystopian movie about the future in which a dictatorial government arrests, imprisons and tortures those who differ with its policy of enforced sterilization as well as enforced handicapping. The movie premiered at the Seattle Film Festival. It stars the Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson, James Cosmo, Julie Hagerty and Armie Hammer and what Thor knows.

Thor Halvorssen Backs Bernie Sanders Despite Socialism Concerns

For the majority of U.S. citizens the idea of socialism is a foreign concept they are struggling with in light of the publication of the latest U.S. Presidential election polls, which see Socialist Democrat Bernie Sanders in a tight race for the Democratic nomination. Fox Business addressed the issue of socialism during a segment for “The Intelligence Report” with Trish Regan alongside guest Thor Halvorssen.

The Hollywood movie producer and founder of the Human Rights Foundation provided an explanation of both the benefits and problems of socialism before giving his own reasons for backing Bernie Sanders for President. After revealing the strengths and weaknesses of socialism Halvorssen revealed he had provided the Sanders campaign with the largest possible donation, largely because of the issues he saw with the human rights records of Presidential front runners Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. Clinton’s record of working alongside many leaders who oppress the rights of their citizens, such as Saudi Arabia, made it difficult for Halvorssen to provide his backing for her campaign; in terms of Donald Trump, the Oslo Freedom Forum founder revealed his support of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bombing of Syria made his candidacy a problem for Halvorssen.

During the interview Thor Halvorssen also gave his own views on whether socialist policies can have a positive effect, which he believes they can when used in the correct way. Much like Bernie Sanders, Halvorssen looked to northern European countries who integrate socialist ideals into their government policies as a shining light of the success of this political ideology.

However, Thor Halvorssen was quick to point out the problems that can be caused for a nation when socialist ideals are used to mask a more authoritarian regime; in his home country of Venezuela Thor Halvorssen pointed to a growing humanitarian crisis that threatens the lives of millions of citizens as being caused by a misuse of socialist philosophy.