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Laurence Champier, Managing Director of Banques Alimentaires

Learning Inspiration 🌈 #26

Laurence Champier studied art history and journalism. She worked for fifteen years at a communications agency, first for luxury brands and then for other companies. This was a period that she enormously loved and allowed her to see the behind-the-scenes operations of many large corporations. Laurence then joined a series of large communication firms and began working for large accounts with a specialty in crisis management. She then worked for McDonald’s France and Les Brasseurs de France (The Brewer’s Association of France.)

Laurence then left for Polynesia for two years with her husband, a military doctor.
Once back home in France, she decided to do volunteer work in the food bank network for a year. Then she was chosen to build the communication center for Banques Alimentaires (FFBA), the first food aid network in France. In 2015, the former Managing Director retired. Laurence was appointed Managing Director of Banques Alimentaires in France and Overseas. Her responsibilities are varied, ranging from negotiating with government agencies and organizations to managing a team of twenty-five employees and sixty volunteers. Banques Alimentaires aims to support and strengthen local food banks. It is a non-profit organization that brings together seventy-nine food-aid non-profits.

Laurence Champier, Managing Director of Banques Alimentaires

Who are the sources of inspiration for you 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋‍♂️?

Bernard Dandrel: the founding President of Banques Alimentaires. Thirty-six years ago, he made the following observation, “On the one hand, there is food waste, and on the other hand, there are non-profits that need resources.” He drew his inspiration from food banks in the US to find a model for France.

– The men and women with commitment, whether in politics or non-profits, are a great source of inspiration for me. They are passionate and dedicate their lives to defending the interests of other people. I find that admirable.

– I liked Sister Emmanuelle. She did much for others without ever taking herself too seriously. She was a real role model for me.

– In a more general way, I admire people who follow their dreams to the end. When my morale is low, I feed on the history and the struggles of these people to move forward.

How do you learn everyday 🧠 ?

– In the non-profit world, we are not the most digitalized. I receive many non-profit reviews that I read carefully to follow the developments and news in our sector.

– I spend time on Google monitoring the news of food banks and food aid in Europe.

– With Clind, whenever there is an article that interests me, I save it to one of my collections. I don’t always have time to read the articles at the moment I find them. With Clind, I know they are saved, and they are organized, so I can read them as soon as I have more time. For me, this is a new way of approaching knowledge management that helps me learn better daily.

– Learning through meeting new people is very important to me. I learn from the volunteers and employees of the FFBA. This is not academic learning but hands-on learning through sharing.


– I learn from the classic French press like Le Monde, Les Echos, and Le Figaro, which I read every day. I am particularly interested in societal issues to feed my thinking. It’s crucial for me to consume different perspectives in the media to form my own opinions.

What are your favorite podcasts 🎧?

– I listen to a lot of French podcasts.

Generation Do it Yourself

– The replays of the Grande Librairie, a broadcast from France 5, the TV network.

What are your favorite articles 📰?

Patrons-Jeunes 🇫🇷: On the Paths to Integration.” This article explains how a dozen bosses and young people skipped school and work and met in the Vercors Mountains in France to hike, mountain bike, and discuss their paths and hopes for three days. I love the idea of ​​this new type of integration experience initiated by ATS’s head, Olivier Finaz.

Are Algorithms Going to Take Power? 🇫🇷 This article I also liked a great deal.

What are your favorite books 📚?

– I am a compulsive reader, but I’m not into books on management or economics. I like novels like those of Honoré de Balzac.

– I particularly appreciated The Lady’s Paradise by Émile Zola. The modernity and worldview depicted in it are still relevant today. It still impresses me.

I enjoy reading about this period and learning how people lived, how they made their decisions, and how they built themselves. Often my favorite books are about this time.

The Spinoza Problem by Irvin D. Yalom is a book I absolutely loved. It is about Spinoza’s childhood and explains how he was excluded from society because of his thinking. We can see how Spinoza was incurably ahead of his time

– Finally, Un Balcon sur le Luxembourg 1942-1958 by Gilles Schlesser is a book that I love. It is a family saga that takes place in Saint-Germain-des-Prés from the 1930s to the 1970s.

If you were alone on an island and could only bring one item, what would it be 🏝?

Apart from my children and my husband?

Living in Polynesia, 25,000 kilometers from my friends, I realized the importance of connecting with the people I love. I would probably choose a phone or a computer and a connection to keep in touch with my loved ones.

Le mot de la fin 🙏

I am convinced that reading and learning are essential for personal growth and inclusion. For us at Banques Alimentaires, food is a lever for social inclusion, but it’s not all that is needed. We also organize cooking classes to restore dignity to people and help them integrate and forge social ties.

I don’t know what the world will be like in the future, but I believe in social media and information as learning sources. We must have a way of ensuring the authenticity and truth of the information sources. It becomes imperative.

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