Risk Economics sponsored the first TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way we Eat 2011. This one-day TEDx event explored the food system as we shift to a more sustainable way of eating and farming. The goal of “Changing the Way We Eat” was 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 event hosted approximately 400 participants, and also included live webcasts to provide access to viewers worldwide. The event was organized by Glynwood and the TEDx Manhattan organizing team, and took place at in New York City at the Prince Georges Hotel.
Speakers included the following:
- Ian Cheney, Co-founder of the Brooklyn-based documentary production company, Wicked Delicate, and co-creator of the Peabody award winning film, King Corn
- Michael Conard, Assistant Director at the Urban Design Lab, part of The Earth Institute Columbia University
- Laurie David, author and producer of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”
- Michael Nischan, chef, restaurateur and award-winning cookbook author
- Dr William Li, President of The Angioenesis Foundation
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