Interview with TEDxBrussels

“Give them a combination of facts and story flavored with emotion to help move them to want to make change.” – Read TEDxBrussels interview with TEDxManhattan Organizer Diane Hatz.

Change Food Year-End Update

Following is an end-of-the-year update from my nonprofit program Change Food….

As Change Food approaches the end of our first fiscal year (which is July 31st), we are taking the opportunity to look back at what we’ve achieved.  We’re proud to have spearheaded another successful TEDxManhattan event, as well as organizing our first Change Food Salon, “Storytelling & Food.”  We’ve also begun taking steps to implement future projects, including a video library, education kits, organizational database and statement of principles.

Change Food’s projects all support the overall goal of raising awareness of problems with our food system, as well as offering potential solutions.  For more information, see our Projects page.

TEDxManhattan was once again a resounding success in 2014.  This year’s event had a capacity audience of 375, as well as moreSteve Ritz than 13,000 individuals who watched the live webcast, and 150 viewing parties were held around the U.S. and overseas.  Total video views for all TEDxManhattan talks from 2011 to today are approaching 6 million.  Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook summed up TEDxManhattan’s impact when he said on stage, “This institution, TEDxManhattan, has changed the food movement.”

TEDxManhattan’s social media reach continued to grow as well, thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers.  More than 65,000 people were reached via Facebook during TEDxManhattan, and 10,285 tweets were sent with our hashtag, #TEDxMan.  We had an estimated total Twitter exposure of nearly 8 million.

Storytelling and Food

We also moved ahead with new projects.  Change Food hosted its first Salon, “Storytelling and Food” on May 27, 2014.  The event, which attracted a capacity crowd of 80, was co-hosted with Foodstand, a project of the company Purpose.   The salon gave a platform to five artists working in diverse media to bring attention to issues around food. Videos of the talks are on our YouTube channel.

Educational kits are being developed around various TEDxManhattan talks, with the goal of making the talks more useful as teaching tools.  These kits will include study guides, discussion questions and materials, and links to further information.  We are finalizing our first two educational guides around Peter Lehner’s 2013 food waste talk and Megan Miller’s 2014 talk on eating insects.  We worked with The Creative Kitchen and Edible Schoolyard NYC, respectively, to develop the guides.

We put together a plan, and are now seeking funding, for the Change Food Video Library, which will consist of the best short-length videos about issues around sustainable food and farming.  These will come from a variety of conferences, events, organizations and outlets.  We will also pursue partnerships with organizations that have high-quality video content; for example, we have formed a partnership with Anna Lappe’s Real Food Media Project.

We also developed a plan for the a Sustainable Food and Farming Database, a national, interactive database of sustainable food and farming organizations, where groups will be able to connect and interact with each other, share ideas and ask for assistance.  It will also allow groups to develop joint projects and allow the movement to create a bigger groundswell around critical issues.

Matthew Moore

We are involved with the formation of AgArts, an effort by various individuals in the food/farming/art world to develop an organization that will help use the arts to promote issues around food and farming.  Examples of this are Matthew Moore’s and Sam Van Aken’s talks at TEDxManhattan 2014.  A creative brief and strategic plan are in the early stages.

At TEDxManhattan 2014, Diane Hatz called for the food movement to come together and sign a Statement of Principles pledging that groups will make more of an effort to work together collaboratively and to help each other. The Statement is currently being finalized and will be circulated and online shortly.

(This was copied from Change Food’s 2013-14 Year in Review page.)

TEDxManhattan 2014 on March 1st

TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” will take place on Saturday, March 1st, from 10:30am – 6:30pm est.  There’s still time to set up and host a viewing party if you’d like to – go to for more information.

We have also set up a reminder system – if you’re planning to watch from home and don’t want to forget to turn your computer on, fill out this form and we’ll remind you just before the event.

Go to the website to find out more information about the event and who’s speaking.

Host a TEDxManhattan Viewing Party

On March 1, 2014, we will webcast TEDxManhattan live from New York City to provide access to viewers worldwide. We will have more information about the webcast when we get closer to the event.  We will also have a global twitter conversation all day that you can join in on.

We’re encouraging individuals, groups, and organizations to host viewing parties of the event. Hosting a viewing party is your opportunity to rally your community and start conversations on sustainability, applying the talks to your local food system.

We’ll break a few times during the day-long conference—at those times, the webcast will be offline. These breaks are a great opportunity for viewing party hosts to plan activities for their guests. You can lead discussions on the talks you just heard, host a potluck of dishes made from local ingredients, or even have speakers from your own community. We’ve got ideas for how to structure the party and how to promote it. We’re eager to help you brainstorm ways to tailor your viewing party to your community’s needs and interests.

If you would like to host a viewing party, please fill out a form at  If you have any questions, please email

TEDxManhattan Challenge Launched

TEDxManhattan is pleased to launch the TEDxManhattan Challenge! We challenge you to work with a group of people in your community on a project related to sustainable food and farming.  Start a garden at a senior center; start a farmers market; develop a cooking class at your child’s school; create a Food Policy Council in your city; address food waste in your community.  Be creative!

Let us know what you’re doing to change the way we eat in your community – the project deemed most impactful will win the opportunity to speak live on the 2014 TEDxManhattan stage.  Our 2013 winner was Cheryl Kollin of Farm to Freezer .


  • You can develop a new project or work on an existing one anywhere in the United States.  The judges will be looking for impact, not size.
  • You must work with other people in your community.  (You can define community as you see fit.)
  • Your project does not have to be completed by year-end, but you must have had some type of result from your work by that time.
  • You must have a name for your project.

To Apply:

Fill out the online application. Applications must be received by October 1, 2013.

Finalists will be chosen mid-October 2013,and will be required to send a follow-up report by November 5, 2013.  The winner will be announced in early December, and will be given at least three minutes at the TEDxManhattan 2014 event, taking place March 1 at the TimesCenter in New York City.

Note that under TED rules, only one person can speak from the stage.  The winner will be responsible for transportation to and from the event.

Everyone who applies agrees to have their information on the TEDxManhattan website and gives TEDxManhattan permission to publicize/promote the projects underway.

For more information about TEDxManhattan, visit our site.  Attendee registration will open in October 2013.

Change Food – my new program

I’m pleased to announce that I am the Founder and Executive Director of a new program called Change Food.  Read on to find out more about what I’m doing….

Change Food’s vision is to help shift the U.S. food supply to a regional, sustainable food system where healthy, nutritious food is accessible to all.

Change Food’s mission is to help individuals change the way they eat by raising public awareness and educating consumers about problems with the U.S. food system.  It highlights what can and is being done to dismantle the ill effects of industrial agriculture as well as promoting sustainable solutions so that all people have access to healthy, nutritious food.

Goals of the program are to:

  1. Develop and implement creative projects that raise awareness and educate individuals about various aspects of the sustainable food and farming movement, as well as highlight problems with industrial agriculture and promote possible solutions
  2. Inspire and invigorate the sustainable food movement
  3. Reach beyond the already converted to a broader audience

The first project of Change Food is TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat.”  Change Food is a sponsor to the annual event and works throughout the year to market videos of the talks, disseminate educational materials related to speakers’ subject matter and bring innovative ideas from the event to the widest possible audience.

Change Food is headed by founder and executive director Diane Hatz.  Hatz brings with her over 15 years of experience in the food movement, including her previous positions as executive producer of The Meatrix movies, founder and director of Sustainable Table, founder of the Eat Well Guide, and co-founder and director of The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming.  She is currently the organizer and host of TEDxManhattan.

“Not only do we need to raise more public awareness about problems and solutions with the U.S. food system, we also need to find ways to support each other and promote the work so many experts are doing,” says Hatz.  “And that is why Change Food has been launched.”

You can like the program on Facebook at or follow Change Food through Twitter @changeourfood.

TEDxManhattan Registration Now Open

Registration now open!

On Saturday, February 16th, 2013, TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” will be held at the Times Center in New York City. This one-day TEDx event will explore the food system as we shift to a more sustainable way of eating and farming.  The goal of “Changing the Way We Eat” is to create new synergies, connections and collaborations across disciplines, to unite different areas of the food movement, and to introduce the TEDx audience to the exciting and innovative work being done in this field.   The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming is the lead sponsor for TEDxManhattan.

How to Participate:
1. The TEDxManhattan event will be curated and audience members hand selected so that attendees are a balanced mix of academics, researchers, health professionals, farmers, foodies, chefs, advocates, foundations, public figures and TEDsters, ensuring a diverse audience that can facilitate new ideas and synergies with each other.  To learn how to attend “Changing the Way We Eat,” please visit   If you are selected to attend the event, the ticket price will be $135.00.

There is no official deadline for registration, but the event has sold out with hundreds of people turned away each year, so please apply early.

2. Host a Viewing Party
In an effort to have as many people as possible participate in TEDxManhattan, the day will be webcast live for free.  TEDxManhattan encourages individuals and groups around the country to set up their own viewing parties. Details about hosting a viewing party can be found on the website at  If you are interested in hosting your own event, please email

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