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 http://tedxmanhattan.org/viewing-parties/ 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.  http://tedxmanhattan.org/

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 https://tedxmanhattan.wufoo.com/forms/tedxmanhattan-viewing-party-registration-form/.  If you have any questions, please email event.tedxmanhattan@gmail.com.

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 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.”

The ChangeFood.org website is currently in development.  In the meantime, you can like the program on Facebook at www.facebook.com/changefood 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 www.tedxmanhattan.org/apply.   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 www.tedxmanhattan.org/viewing-parties.  If you are interested in hosting your own event, please email TEDxManhattan@gmail.com.

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TEDxManhattan 2012 now on DVD

The Glynwood Institute is pleased to offer DVD’s of TEDxManhattan 2012, “Changing the Way We Eat” free of charge to anyone interested in using the talks for non-commercial, educational purposes. Head over to the Guide to Good Food blog for the full release.

Glynwood’s New President!

Check out the press release announcing Kathleen Frith as Glynwood’s new president over on the Guide to Good Food blog.