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Kristin Van Busum
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Kristin Van Busum is a Fulbright Scholar and Cofounder of Project Alianza, a nonprofit organization that aims to radically improve the quality of life of coffee farming families through integrative education and by providing the necessary tools to access fair markets.

Prior to founding Project Alianza, Kristin worked as the Manager of Health Advisory Services and a Research Associate at RAND Corporation, a large global policy think tank that provides objective research to policymakers and healthcare organizations. She holds a Master's in Public Policy and Administration from New York University.

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Building a Better World Through Incremental Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 2:02 PM

When you hear the word "innovation," what do you think of?

If you're like most people, your mind immediately leaps to the latest touch-screen gadget or to scientists dressed in lab coats. But not every innovation is technology-based, let alone tangible. By definition, innovation can improve processes or catalyze social...

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The Super Bowl Halftime Show Should Not Be Promoting a Public Health Threat

(122) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 11:53 AM

The Super Bowl is the promised land for advertising agencies. More than 100 million engaged consumers, even those otherwise uninterested in football, will turn on their TVs Sunday night and watch the commercials and halftime extravaganza.

This year, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will headline the halftime show as part of...

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Soda "Ban" May Actually Increase Freedom of Choice

(69) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 7:14 PM

Last week, the New York City Board of Public Health approved Mayor Bloomberg's Big Soda Ban. The ban limits the size of sugar-sweetened beverages sold in movie theatres, restaurants, and street vendors to no larger than 16 ounces. This attempt to ameliorate New York City's weight-related...

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