On Sundays (and a couple of other times during the week) I have been working at a hospital that is a 30 minute drive from my house. When I first started my commute, I would listen to calm, peaceful, classical music on my drive in. But over the last couple of weeks, I was getting kind of bored listening to music and mulling over the laundry list of things that I have to do that I can't get done while I am driving. So I decided that I was going to use this precious hour a day in my car to help me learn and be inspired. Which brings me to TED.
If you haven't heard of TED, I would highly suggest checking out their website and looking around. If you're not convinced to go to their website, let me give you a brief overview of what it is they do:
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan "ideas worth spreading".
TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event. The annual conference began in 1990, in Monterey, California. TED's early emphasis was technology and design, consistent with its origins in the Silicon Valley.
TED events are also held throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Asia, offering live streaming of the talks. They address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore,Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners.
But, before you get lost in listening or watching the thousands of awesome talks that they have, I want to bring to your attention this really powerful, witty talk that I heard on my drive today.
The speaker is Mark Bittman, and he is a New York Times food writer. He weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, and too little home cooking) and how all of that is putting our planet at risk.
Part of what I want to do is help bring cooking back to your kitchen, and teach you and your family how to incorporate real nutritious meals into your daily routine. We need to make the food decisions that will help us, not just on an individual level, but social, environmental, community and even global levels.
The 18 minutes it takes to watch this video will, I think, motivate us to start making those decisions.