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Bridging Generational Divides A Conversation with

John and Ocean Robbins by Linda Sechrist

father-and-son team for more than 20 years. John, a pioneering expert on the dietary con- nection between the environment and health, is a bestselling author; his latest release is No Happy Cows: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Food Revolution. Ocean, founder of the global nonprofit Yes! and an internationally renowned spokesman for an ethical and sustain- able future, has helped improve the lives of people in 65 countries. Their latest collaboration is leading Intergen- erational Healing workshops that are helping communities to bridge genera- tional divides.


Ocean, how did you develop an identity independent of the family fortune and fame?

Because my grandfather, the co-founder of Baskin-Robbins, was determined that my father would follow in his footsteps, my dad felt he had to rebel so that he could stand for his own values and pursue what he loved. My journey was different. Because my dad allowed me the opportunity to explore and discover who I wanted to be, I was free to focus my energy on rebelling against the

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ohn and Ocean Robbins have worked as a

pervasive social injustices of the world rather than rebelling against my parents.

Although our

strategies and ideas differ, my dad and I have congruent values and work together harmoni- ously. In my work with leaders and others in many nations, I stand in awe of the congru- ency in people’s core values across generations. When

I ask the citizens of any country to describe the world they want to live in, they state many of the same things: clean air and water, freedom to prac- tice their faith, the opportunity to eat good healthy food, and safe places for children to play. These values are inher- ent in a global dream of how the world could be.

John, how did the two of you shift from a parent/ child relationship into a partnership?

Our rare and vibrant relationship is a product of challenging assumptions about the present dominating par- ent model. As adults, we are equal partners, although in Ocean’s depen- dent years, I played a fathering role in guiding him in the development of his capabilities. But even then, I didn’t

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