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TEDxManhattan 2015
Food & Farming Luminaries to Take Stage
One-Day New York City TEDx Event Will Explore Sustainable Food & Farming on March 7, 2015

New York, NY – August 6, 2014: Union Square Hospitality Group CEO and Founder Danny Meyer and co-Founder and President of Food Tank Danielle Nierenberg are among those who will take the stage at TEDxManhattan, “Changing the Way We Eat,” on March 7, 2015, in New York City. With an exciting roster of experts and innovators, TEDxManhattan raises public awareness about critical issues facing the food system while fostering collaboration within the food movement. In order to be inclusive, TEDxManhattan also invites communities, organizations, and individuals to organize viewing parties worldwide for the live webcast of this one-day TEDx event.

Supported by lead sponsor Change Food, this independently organized TEDx event will gather speakers and audience members from diverse backgrounds to create new synergies, connections and collaborations across disciplines. Since its inception in 2011, TEDxManhattan has become a nationally-recognized brand and a sought-after platform for individuals and organizations working on issues related to sustainable food and farming. As Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook recently said, “This institution, TEDxManhattan, has changed the food movement.”

Confirmed speakers for the 2015 event include:

· Joel Berg, Executive Director, NYC Coalition Against Hunger
· Henry Hargreaves, Photographer
· Kendra Kimbirauskas, CEO, Socially Responsible Agricultural Project
· Nikiko Masumoto, Masumoto Family Farm
· Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group
· Danielle Nierenberg, Co-Founder and President, Food Tank: The Food Think Tank
· Ali Partovi, Angel investor/advisor, Facebook, DropBox, Flixster, Break Media, Causes, Farmigo & more
· Stefanie Sacks, Culinary Nutritionist, author, host, “Stirring the Pot” radio show on Hamptons NPR
· Anim Steel, Director, Real Food Generation
· Marcel Van Ooyen, Executive Director, GrowNYC

“TEDxManhattan is the perfect vehicle for raising awareness about critical issues in food and farming while at the same time encouraging action,” said Diane Hatz, TEDxManhattan organizer as well as Founder & Executive Director of Change Food. “Not only is the one-day event impactful, the videos from the presentations can be used as educational tools by everyone in the food movement for years to come.” TEDxManhattan videos have been viewed nearly 6 million times since 2011.

The full day of talks will be webcast live from NYC, providing access to viewers worldwide, including those at viewing parties. There is no fee associated with hosting an official viewing party, just compliance with TED’s rules. The day is scheduled to allow viewing parties time to hold discussions, bring in local speakers, and sample local foods. Learn more at <; .

More information on remaining speakers and the TEDxManhattan program will be provided as details are finalized.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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