TEDxManhattan 2012

Favorite Videos from TEDxManhattan 2012

AmpleHarvest.org – A Homegrown Solution to Hunger


AmpleHarvest.org: A Homegrown Solution to Hunger. Gary Oppenheimer, TEDxManhattan, 2012.

In the early 2000’s, Gary Oppenheimer became a Master Gardener and then a Rutgers Environmental Steward. He advocated for region wide watershed preservation laws, became an environmental commissioner as well as the director of a community garden. Frustrated by the wasted food from gardens nationwide, the “no food left behind” AmpleHarvest.org Campaign was created to enable America’s 40+ million home gardeners who grow food to easily find a local pantry eager for their excess bounty.

Blair McMillen


Nico Muhly’s “A Hudson Cycle” Blair McMillen, TEDxManhattan, 2012.


Claude Debussy’s “What the West Wind Saw” Blair McMillen, TEDxManhattan, 2012.


The Who’s “5:15” ETHEL feat. Blair McMillen, TEDxManhattan, 2012.

Hailed by the New York Times as “riveting,” “brilliant” and as “new music’s torchbearer,” Blair McMillen has established himself as one of the most versatile and sought-after pianists today. He has performed in venues both traditional and avant-garde; from Carnegie Hall, the Moscow Conservatory, the Metropolitan Museum, Avery Fisher Hall, Caramoor, Miller Theatre, and the Library of Congress; to (le) Poisson Rouge, Galapagos, the Knitting Factory, and The Stone.

Why food transparency matters and how RealTimeFarms.com can help


Why Food Transparency Matters and How RealTimeFarms.com Can Help. Cara Rosaen, TEDxManhattan, 2012.

Cara Rosaen is the Co-Founder of the crowd-sourced nationwide food guide, RealTimeFarms.com. Cara brought her expertise in health behavior change and experience starting two companies of her own to team up with husband Karl, former Google Android senior engineer, to co-found Real Time Farms. With the help of a crowd-sourcing model, a stellar core team, and an army of “Food Warriors”, Real Time Farms is quickly and richly documenting our food system, so we can easily know where our food comes from and feel good about the food we eat.

Animal Factories and the Abuse of Power


Animal Factories and the Abuse of Power. Wayne Pacelle, TEDxManhattan, 2012.

As President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Wayne Pacelle leads the nation’s largest animal protection organization with 11 million members and constituents. The organization is the 155th largest charity in the United States. During his tenure, Pacelle has nearly doubled the size of the organization and, through corporate combinations with groups such as The Fund for Animals and the Doris Day Animal League, built unity and greater efficiency within the animal protection cause.

BrightFarms: A Produce Supply Chain Revolution


BrightFarms: A Produce Supply Chain Revolution. Paul Lightfoot, TEDxManhattan, 2012.

Paul Lightfoot is the Chief Executive Officer of BrightFarms, which designs, finances, builds and operates greenhouse farms at grocery retailers, eliminating time, distance and costs from their produce supply chain. With the elimination of shipping, and the drastic reduction of fuel consumption, carbon emissions and water use, BrightFarms enables grocery retailers to change their produce supply chain in a way that improves the planet and their profits.

Green Bronx Machine: Growing Our Way Into A New Economy


Green Bronx Machine – Growing Our Way Into A New Economy. Stephen Ritz, TEDxManhattan, 2012.

Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx teacher/administrator.  With the help of extended student and community family they have grown over 25,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance. His Bronx classroom features the first indoor edible wall in NYC DOE which routinely generates enough produce to feed 450 students healthy meals and trains the youngest nationally certified workforce in America.  Stephen has consistently moved attendance from 40% to 93% daily, helped fund/create 2,200 youth jobs, captured the US EPA Award for transforming mindsets and landscapes in NYC, recently won the ABC Above and Beyond Award, helped earn his school the first ever Citywide Award of Excellence from the NYC Strategic Alliance for Health and attributes these results directly to growing vegetables in school. His speech at Columbia University, “From Crack to Cucumbers,” along with the release of a You-Tube Video (Urban Farming NYC) resulted in a national following including an invite to the White House Garden. Dedicated to harvesting hope and cultivating minds, Stephen dreams of opening a nationally replicable Career Technical Education public school in the poorest Congressional District in America rooted in urban agriculture, green and sustainable initiatives. For more information, visit www.greenbronxmachine.org

From Fables to Labels


From Fables to Labels. Urvashi Rangan, TEDxManhattan, 2012.

Urvashi Rangan leads and directs the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports. She is responsible for managing risk analysis, policy assessments, label evaluations and consumer advice for tests, reports, and related advocacy work. Urvashi joined Consumers Union in 1999 and developed the ratings system, database, and website, Eco-labels.org for evaluating environmental and food labels.