TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” is being held in New York City on Saturday, February 12, 2011. Sponsored by The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming, this one-day TEDx event will explore the food system — from what happened, to where we are, to what we are doing to shift to a more sustainable way of eating and farming. The goal of “Changing the Way We Eat” is to create new connections and collaborations across disciplines, to unite different areas of the food movement and to introduce the audience to the exciting and innovative work being done in the field of sustainable food systems.
But if you don’t live in New York or you missed out on the opportunity to apply for a ticket, there is still a way to share in this exciting day: you can Host a Viewing Party of the live webcast!
But first, let’s talk about the world-class line-up of speakers that Diane Hatz, Glynwood Institute co-founder/director and organizer of TEDxManhattan, has arranged. To read more about these leaders in the sustainable food movement, go to the website, www.tedxmanhattan.org.
• USDA Coordinator of “Know Your Farmer Know Your Food” Lucas Knowles
• Chef/owner/sustainable food advocate Michel Nischan
• Dr. Tenley Albright, Director of MIT Collaborative Initiatives and Faculty Member Harvard Medical School
• Professor Frederick Kaufman from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
• Filmmaker and star of the Peabody Award-winning film King Corn, Curt Ellis
• Josh Viertel, President of Slow Food USA
• Glynwood Harvest Award Winner & the first US farmer awarded a MacArthur Genius Award, Cheryl Rogowski
• President of the Environmental Working Group, Kenneth Cook
• President of the Angiogenesis Foundation Dr. William Li
• Farmer and President of the Dairy Education Alliance Karen Hudson
• Windowfarms creator and artist, Britta Riley
• TED house band ETHEL is TEDxManhattan’s house band/entertainment curator
So, where can you host a viewing party? In your home, a school, a library or another non-profit location [i.e., restaurants and other retail locations are not eligible venues]. And in an effort to let as many people as possible participate in TEDxManhattan, the TEDx team has made it simple to host your own viewing party, complete with links to a Viewing Party Tool Kit, which outlines rules and ideas. To find out how to sign up to host an event, visit the tedxmanhattan.org site and click on the viewing party tab to learn the details.
Local viewing parties are opportunities for people around the world to connect with each other and the sustainable food movement. While events revolve around the speakers in NYC, organizers are encouraged to invite local speakers and plan activities to engage their participants during breaks. TEDxManhattan Viewing Party Coordinator Carrie Blackburn reports that there are already over 20 viewing parties set up across the country, including ones in NV, KY, NH, KY, OK, AZ, CA and even Poland!
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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.
*TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.
The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Bono, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
For more information about TED and TEDx, please visit www.ted.com.