Brad Edmondson discusses "Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry's"; cosponsored by Heartland, Inc.

“A fascinating look behind the scenes of a company as beloved as the ice cream it makes.”--Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed

Ben & Jerry’s has always been committed to an insanely ambitious three-part mission: making the world’s best ice cream, supporting progressive causes, and sharing the company’s success with all stakeholders: employees, suppliers, distributors, customers, cows, everybody. But it hasn’t been easy.

Ice Cream Social is the first book to tell the full, inside story of the inspiring rise, tragic mistakes, devastating fall, determined recovery, and ongoing renewal of one of the most iconic mission-driven companies in the world. No previous book has focused so intently on the challenges presented by staying true to that mission. No other book has explained how the company came to be sold to corporate giant Unilever or how that relationship evolved to allow Ben & Jerry’s to pursue its mission on a much larger stage.

Journalist Brad Edmondson tells the story with an eye for details, dramatic moments, and memorable characters. He interviewed dozens of key figures, particularly Jeff Furman, who helped Ben and Jerry write their first business plan in 1978 and became chairman of the board in 2010. It’s a funny, sad, surprising, and ultimately hopeful story.

Brad Edmondson will be introduced by Eric Utne, a founder and editor of Utne Reader magazine.


Brad Edmondson is an award-winning journalist and business consultant, the cofounder of, and the former editor-in-chief of American Demographics magazine. He is a nationally recognized expert on consumer trends, advertising, and marketing, as well as a frequent keynote speaker at national conferences.




This event is co-sponsored by Heartland. Heartland educates and supports leaders who are committed to turning their visions into wise and wholehearted action, improving their organizations, and by extension, creating the possibility of communities and a “world that works for all.” Learn more at


Event date: 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
38 S Snelling Ave
55105 Saint Paul
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ISBN: 9781609948139
Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - January 6th, 2014