Every once in a while I have a serendipitous moment where I think “wow, did that really just happen” or “did I really just find this gem?” And yesterday was one of those rare times.
If you use any social media channels, then you are familiar with those “suggested connections” based on other people or pages you follow. Well, while I was checking out the website of one of those suggestions, the Piedmont Picnic Project, and I learned about an event they are co-sponsoring on March 7th called “Changing the Way We Eat“. And it JUST happens to be part of the fabulous independent Tedx series. If you’ve never heard a Ted Talk (or two or more) you’re in for a treat!
The TED organization birthed not only TED Talks and the TED Conference, but also created independently organized educational events known as TEDx, which are hosted in cities all over the world. Diane Hatz, of Change Food and founder/organizer of the food and farming-focused TEDxManhattan, identified the need for people to understand the food system on a broader scale and has been the master of ceremonies at her event since 2011.
TEDxManhattan has rapidly gained attention beyond Gotham’s zip codes and across the world through viewing parties hosted by individuals and groups interested in healthier food and a more sustainable food system. In 2014, 150 viewing parties joined 13,000 computers to watch dynamic and engaging talks by key experts in the food and farming movement. Twitter exposure neared 8 million people while over 65,000 people were reached on Facebook .
You’re invited to attend the FREE local viewing party that will be held in Raleigh or watch from home via Livestreaming.
A few of the Co-op Board Members and I will be attending the local viewing party…so please join us!
But, if you can’t make it to Raleigh, then TEDxManhattan welcomes people to either livestream the event at home or groups can register to host their own viewing party event. As of the end of January, over 60 groups had registered to host the 2015 event, with more coming in each day.
The 2015 all-day event will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 10:30am eastern until 6:00pm and includes over a dozen dynamic speakers spanning the entire food spectrum from farming to food arts.
- Joel Berg – New York City Coalition Against Hunger
- Dana Cowin – Food & Wine
- Alkemia Earth – DJ and plant-based nutritionist
- Robert Graham, MD – Lenox Hill Hospital
- Henry Hargreaves – Photographer and artist
- Kendra Kimbirauskas – Friends of Family Farmers, SRAP
- Nikiko Masumoto – Masumoto Family Farm
- Michele Merkel – Food & Water Watch
- Danny Meyer – Union Square Hospitality Group
- Danielle Nierenberg – Food Tank
- Ali Partovi – Angel Investor
- Stephen Reily – Seed Capital Kentucky
- Stefanie Sacks – Culinary nutritionist, author
- Anim Steel – Real Food Challenge
- Shen Tong – FOOD-X
- Marcel Van Ooyen – GrowNYC
- Ietef “DJ Cavem” Vita – Eco-HipHop
- TEDxManhattan Award Winner – Green Bronx Machine
Topics will include:
- The necessity of women farmers in the food movement
- How US law favors large agribusiness companies and not small farmers
- Teaching students about health through hip hop
- Food as medicine
- Beyond food hubs – local food and local food economies
- Why organic really isn’t more expensive
- What we really need to end hunger
- How small changes in your eating can make huge differences
- And much more! Visit the event page for all topics.
TEDxManhattan was founded in 2011 by Diane Hatz, founder & executive director of Change Food. The one-day annual event brings together key experts in the field of sustainable food and farming in order to spark discussion and help spread ideas that can help fix our broken food system. TEDxManhattan talks have been viewed online over 6.1 million times.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.