TEDxManhattan 2014

Favorite Videos from TEDxManhattan 2014

The Tree of Forty Fruit: Sam Van Aken at TEDxManhattan

Sam Van Aken‘s art combines sophisticated technology with traditional modes of art-making. Van Aken’s projects cross boundaries between artistic genres, including performance, installation, video, photography, and sculpture. With each body of work, he selects practices and new perspectives that provide a kinesthetic perception of objects and a visceral charge. Born in Reading Pennsylvania, Sam Van Aken received his undergraduate education in Communication Theory and Art. Immediately following his studies he lived and worked in Poland under the auspices of the Andy Warhol Foundation and the United States Information Agency.

Behind the Kitchen Door: Saru Jayaraman at TEDxManhattan

Did you know that the federal tipped minimum has been $2.13 since 1991? With abysmally low hourly wages, tips aren’t just something extra. They’re often the majority of a server’s wages. How do restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America? And how do poor working conditions – discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens – affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables? Visit ROC United’s campaign to raise the tipped minimum wage.

Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley and author of Behind the Kitchen Door, a national best-selling and groundbreaking exploration of the political, economic, and moral implications of dining out (Cornell University Press, 2013).

Factory Farms, Antibiotics and Superbugs: Lance Price at TEDxManhattan

Lance Price is a public health researcher who works at the interface between science and policy to address the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance. In the laboratory, Dr. Price uses cutting-edge DNA sequencing to trace the origins of new antibiotic-resistant pathogens. By analyzing the genomes of bacteria found in humans, food, and livestock, Dr. Price and his colleagues have traced the origins of new superbugs to industrial livestock production. Dr. Price and his colleagues have also begun to broaden the scope of foodborne disease to include urinary tract infections caused by foodborne E. coli.

How Art Can Change the Way We Eat: Matthew Moore at TEDxManhattan

Matthew Moore is a fourth generation family farmer, working artist and food activist. Moore farms outside of Phoenix, Arizona, and exhibits his video and installation artwork internationally. Through these practices, he addresses issues of ecological, cultural, and economical sustainability and the potential loss of small independent farms.

Vote Food: Chef Tom Colicchio at TEDxManhattan

Tom Colicchio spent his childhood immersed in food. At age 17, he made his kitchen debut in his native town of Elizabeth, New Jersey, at Evelyn’s Seafood Restaurant.

Colicchio then cooked at prominent New York restaurants such as The Quilted Giraffe, Gotham Bar & Grill, Rakel, and Mondrian. In July 1994, Colicchio and his business partner Danny Meyer opened Gramercy Tavern.

Tom appears in and served as executive producer on A Place at the Table, Participant Media’s documentary about food insecurity in America, produced and directed by Kristi Jacobson and Colicchio’s wife, Lori Silverbush, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Magnolia Pictures released the film March 1.

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In Praise of Big Organic: Myra Goodman at TEDxManhattan

Myra Goodman and her husband Drew founded Earthbound Farm on a 2 1/2 acre backyard garden in Carmel Valley, CA in 1984. Both were recent college graduates, “city kids” from Manhattan, who became self-taught farmers and intuitively resisted handling agricultural chemicals. Earthbound Farm has grown from humble beginnings to become the largest grower of organic produce in North America, with more than 200 farmers cultivating 53,000 organic crop acres. Their products are available in 75% of supermarkets across the country, and their farming practices avoided the use of more than 19 million pounds of agricultural chemicals in 2013 alone. Earthbound Farm was the first company to successfully package pre-washed salads for retail sale in 1986, and the first to pack their salads in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic containers.

Myra has authored three cookbooks that share her passion for delicious food and a healthy planet: Food to Live By — The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook; The Earthbound Cook — 250 Recipes for Delicious Food and a Healthy Planet; and her new book, Straight from the Earth — Irresistible Vegan Recipes for Everyone. As a passionate advocate for organic food and farming, she has appeared on dozens of televisions shows including Oprah, Live with Regis and Kelly, Good Morning America Health, and has been featured in many publications including More, People and Bon Appetit. Drew and Myra still live on their original farm in Carmel Valley. They have two children, Marea and Jeffrey.

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Celebrating Resilience – Reframing the Narrative Around Our Students: Clint Smith at TEDxManhattan

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Educator and poet Clint Smith teaches English at Parkdale High School in Prince George’s County, MD. In the classroom, Mr. Smith combines his passion for poetry and justice to teach students the importance of their own stories as catalysts for meaningful social action. Outside of the classroom, he serves as the school’s slam poetry coach and is the founder of Parkdale Students for Social Justice, which empowers and trains students to become community organizers. In 2013, Mr. Smith was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council. He has been featured in the Washington Post and is profiled in the book, “American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom” (Welcome Books, 2013) as one of the top 50 educators in the nation.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Smith is an Individual World Poetry Slam finalist and was a member of Washington D.C.’s 2012 & 2013 National Slam Poetry Teams. His poetry has been featured on TVOne’s Verses & Flow and at the International AIDS Conference, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and Teach For America’s annual alumni conference. In 2012, Mr. Smith served as a cultural ambassador to Swaziland on behalf of the U.S. State Department where he conducted poetry workshops on HIV/AIDS prevention, cross-cultural understanding, and youth empowerment. He is an alumnus of Davidson College and New Orleans’ public school system.

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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.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)