Safe Space Meetings
Leaders from food and agriculture companies and experts in public health (including those in government) are often cast as foes as a consequence of public debate, desire to persuade legislators of needed or unwanted action, or the potential of litigation. There is little “safe space” in which the parties can explore creative solutions to major nutrition and obesity challenges. The Rudd Center organizes safe space meetings at which business, the health sciences, government, education, and other key groups can convene to engage in an open and candid dialogue and to explore whether profitability can intersect with public health. These safe space engagements are structured with clear ground rules designed to promote transparency, objectivity, and elimination of conflicts of interest. A commitment by all parties to objectivity, fairness, and a drive for new solutions is central to the mission of these meetings.