First and foremost I want to take a moment to celebrate the rousing success of The Seed: A Vegan Experience’s inaugural event. The show went far and beyond our expectations, and our intention was always to move forward with a second show in December and possibly go on the road in 2013. On the evening of Sunday, June 24th, I received an email from my co-founder, Harvey Fung, stating that he has decided to sever our professional relationship, and that he and the rest of the team intends to move forward without me. This obviously comes as a huge shock.
Aside from one individual hired two weeks prior to The Seed’s debut (and staff hired after my departure), there were NO vegan individuals on staff, which is one of the reasons my involvement was so aggressively publicized. I provided the concept, the name, the mission, the vendors, the participants and the comprehensive knowledge of and connections to the vegan community. My co-founder merely provided the venue and the funds. Presently, he and the rest of his team at 82Mercer are in possession of all of my contact lists, vendor lists, show ideas, and far beyond, and they will continue to use them to go forth with The Seed without me on board.
The good news is that I have full intentions of pursuing my original concept and proceeding with my event, however under these circumstances I will need to find a new partner(s) and location, and perhaps under a new name, as I am no longer affiliated with ‘The Seed’ or 82Mercer or HSRCorp, the corporations behind The Seed.
If you are interested or know someone who may be interested in joining me to continue with the the next incarnation of ‘The Seed’, please contact me! I can’t do this on my own, but rest assured that the show will carry on and our ethics and standards will be higher than ever. We have sparked something unique and bold, breaking new ground; something that we could spread across the country and beyond. It is truly exciting and we can’t let it fall to the wayside simply because of a lack of location. That’s all we lost. And I’m confident we can find something better.
I ask for your help and advice to keep this movement alive and growing. If you are interested in learning more or discussing this matter further, I invite you to contact me at anytime. As always, I am sincerely thankful for the support and encouragement offered in spectacular fashion by the vegan community. I’m proud to be on board with you all and look forward to reaching new heights.