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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 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.

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 DVD now available

Below is a media release for the TEDxManhattan DVD – we’re giving away free copies to anyone who would use it for noncommercial educational purposes (like having a dinner party and showing it to friends).

TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat”

Videos of All Speaker Presentations Online and on DVD

June 8, 2011 | New York City – Earlier this year, The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming acted as lead sponsor of a one-day TEDxManhattan event whose theme embraced food, and more specifically, how we can inspire a change to a more sustainable, local approach to producing and eating food.  Now, the entire day of presentations from leading innovators and professionals in the field is online and available on DVD.  The TEDxManhattan DVD is free for noncommercial educational purposes and can be ordered by emailing TEDxManhattan@gmail.com.  The films can also be viewed online via the TEDxManhattan website.

Speakers for the day were:

Patty Cantrell Regional Food Systems
Marianne Cufone Recirculating Farms Coalition
Mitchell Davis James Beard Foundation
Wenonah Hauter Food & Water Watch
Howard Hinterthuer Center for Veteran’s Issues
Michelle Hughes Greenmarket/GrowNYC
Fred Kirschenmann Leopold Center for Sustainable Ag/Stone Barns Center
Robert Lawrence Center for a Livable Future/Johns Hopkins University
Paul Lightfoot BrightFarms
Gary Oppenheimer AmpleHarvest.org
Wayne Pacelle Humane Society of United States
Cara Rosaen RealTimeFarms.com
Urvashi Rangan Consumer Reports
Stephen Ritz Green Bronx Machine
David Wallinga Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Kerry McLean Urban Housing Economic Development Center
Kavita Shukla Fenugreen

Bios can be found on the TEDxManhattan website.

The Glynwood Institute has also created Dinner and Some Ed, a website and project to encourage consumers to host a sustainable meal and enjoy discussions around TED and TEDx talks on sustainable food.  The meals tie in perfectly with the 2012 TEDxManhattan DVD.

For more information, please contact Diane Hatz, dhatz@glynwood.org or phone 646-495-6086.

TEDxManhattan 2013 is scheduled for February 16, 2013.

Watch TEDxManhattan Online

Watch TEDxManhattan live online on January 21st from 10:30am – 5:15pm est.

Find out more on the TEDxManhattan Media page.