Sunday, February 13, 2011

Web viewing of "Changing the Way We Eat"

I wasn't able to view these TedX Manhattan - "Changing the Way We Eat" talks yesterday either with a local group or by myself as we keep repairing, painting, sorting stuff and moving ourselves out to the farm (we still don't have internet or phone service out there yet). So I can see that I will have "viewing" to do instead of night-time reading when I get home at nights for the coming weeks.

I highly encourage my readers to view these talks and think about what you may be learning. Even without seeing them myself yet, I would be surprised if someone said something with which I completely disagree. You can tell by my reading list on the left side of this blog where my time, energy,  thoughts, and efforts have been for some time now.

I would LOVE it if any of my readers saw these talks (or was actually in the audience!) and shared their views (thumbs up or down) on what you heard. If you have a favorite speaker for any reason, please let me know and that is where I'll start with my viewing rather than just automatically starting in the beginning and hearing them sequentially.


TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat”
February 12th, 2011
10:30am – 6:00pm (webcast); 9:30am-6:30pm (in person)

All videos can be accessed at

Event Program

9:30am (All times eastern standard)
Registration and light breakfast

10:30am (Webcast begins)
Session 1 – What happened?

- Laurie David, Environmental activist, producer and author
- Carolyn Steel, Architect and Author – How Food Shapes our Cities (TEDTalk Video)
- Cheryl Rogowski, Family Farmer and McArthur Genius Award recipient
- Karen Hudson, President Dairy Education Alliance, co-founder ICCAW (Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water)
- Ken Cook, President and Co-Founder Environmental Working Group Performance
- Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, Co-Director George Washington University Weight Management Center, Clinical Director S.T.O.P Obesity Alliance, Faculty George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Kathy Lawrence, Program Director School Food FOCUS

12:15pm (Webcast offline)

1:30pm (Webcast returns)
Session 2 – Where are we?

- Dan Barber, Executive Chef and Co-Owner Blue Hill Restaurant – How I Fell in Love with a Fish (TEDTalk Video)

- 2011 TEDxManhattan Fellows
a) Brian Halweil, Senior Fellow Worldwatch Institute, Co-Director Nourishing the Planet, Editor Edible East End, Publisher Edible Manhattan and Brooklyn
b) Lucas Knowles, USDA Coordinator Know Your Farmer Know Your Food
c) Barbara Askins, President & CEO 125th Street Business Improvement District
d) John Fraser, Chef/Proprietor Dovetail and What Happens When restaurants
e) Dr. Melony Samuels, Founder and Director Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger (BSCAH)
f) Ian Cheney, Co-Founder Truck Farm, Peabody award-winning filmmaker
g) Josh Viertel, President, Slow Food USA

3:15pm (Webcast offline)

4:00pm (Webcast returns)
Session 3 – Where are we going?

- Dr. William Li, President Angiogenesis Foundation – Can We Eat to Starve Cancer? (TEDTalk Video)
- Dr. William Li update
- Michael Conard, Assistant Director Urban Design Lab and Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University
- Britta Riley, Artist and Co-Founder, Windowfarms
- Elizabeth Ü, Founder and Executive Director Finance for Food Performance

TEDxManhattan Challenge
- Frederick Kaufman, Professor CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
- Curt Ellis, Co-Founder FoodCorps, Peabody award-winning filmmaker
- Michel Nischan, Chef, President/CEO Wholesome Wave Foundation, Owner/Founder Dressing Room restaurant, cookbook author

By the way, while painting the bedroom doors upstairs yesterday, I glanced out a window to see one lone bluebird (again) sitting in a nearby tree, spending a lengthy time looking in at me. I pointed it out to my husband and said to myself "Hi Kaya! Thanks for coming again to visit me. I hope you're warm enough, I hope you're finding enough food and open water to drink. I still love you and miss you alot. You're beautiful, did I say I still miss you?, but I'm ok, and it's ok for you to fly to find your other bluebird friends. " Yesterday was happiness seeing my one bluebird, today there were a few tears reviewing Kaya's memories, but not a bucketful.

I love the following words from Emily Dickinson:

I hope you love birds, too. 
It is economical. 
It saves going to Heaven.

I just had a quick laugh and a long smile the first time I read those words. As much as I love good food, my husband, family and friends, a few other things, I also love birds and always have. I am always (I really mean it) either looking up or, when weeding, actively listening to see which birds are near me. Birds bring me happiness, which I think is at least one meaning that Emily Dickinson is trying to convey with her words. Find your happiness here and now, please don't wait until heaven. Having that one lone bluebird come twice to peer into our farm windows has brought me extra happiness after Kaya's death last month. I'm thinking that she has brought a big slice of heaven down to me, right now. :-)

"Cultivate your life - you are what you grow - inch by inch, row by row"

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

1 comment:

Elaine said...

Hello, Diana.

Reading about your bluebird/Kaya encounter made me smile but also tugged at my heart. And I think if you had lived during Emily's time or she lived (or time-traveled) to the present day, you would have been friends. I can imagine her commenting on your blog posts.

I listened to part of only one TEDXManhattan talk - the one by Karen Hudson. The portion I heard inspired (& shocked) me. Unfortunately, I had to continue with Saturday errands that took me away from home so I was unable to listen to the other talks. Thank you for printing the complete schedule. I'm going to try to listen to at least one talk from each session.