TED Talk magic

Are you all aware of the utter magic named Ted Talks?

Taken directly from their website:

Our mission: Spreading ideas.

We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. This site, launched April 2007, is an ever-evolving work in progress, and you’re an important part of it. Have an idea? We want to hear from you.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

I actually had never seen a TED Talk before taking the intro class for Rider’s Sustainability Studies minor with the fantastic (!) Dr. Hyatt. We watched a video in which Chef Dan Barber reminisced about a farm he visited in Extremadura, Spain that found a humane way of producing ‘sustainable’ foie gras…no gavache (video link here). It was a beautiful story and incredibly powerful despite its short length. Totally humorous too: upon arrival, he found the farmer lying on the ground, taking pictures with his ducks.

Regardless to say, it was so exciting to find this video yesterday! Sam Mogannam, owner/founder of Bi-Rite Market (one of San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood markets) discusses the importance of connections in a community: uniting staff, customers and local farmers. It’s rather short and sweet–a little basic–but says something about the connection between community and food that is being revitalized across the country. Hello, Rider’s Green Acres mission statement!

Those farmers are such great role models. Go female farmer power!

Speaking of those models…maaybe we should welcome a pig into our family?

Just kidding. (Sort of.)

Jess

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