If you know anything about me, you know my dream is to give a TED talk at some point in my life. So when I saw the tedPAD, and this video, it was love at first sight. With all the data available on TED talks, the statistics show everything from topics, to what color to use for creating the best presentation. They even help you figure out what to wear, so it looks like I may need to get some thick-rimmed eyeglasses and grow my hair long.
If you are not familiar with TED talks you are missing out. While I have never had the privilege to attend in person, the opportunity to watch the talks—which are posted online—is available to everyone, and something I take advantage of. Many great and provocative new concepts have come from TED, from the touch screen concept of the iPhone, to Al Gore’s discussion of global warming. Whether you agree with the presenters is irrelevant—it’s about thinking about things differently. Beyond the amazing talks, content and information, it is also great to see people who really take to heart Nancy Duarte and Garr Reynolds’ advice about presenting information in a useful and interesting way.
There has been much controversy about how TED is expensive and does not invite or make it accessible for everyone. Who cares? What comes out of TED is well worth this exclusivity and to some extent maybe even makes it possible. Even Robert Scoble has recently changed his mind about TED.
Now that we are past the long introduction, back to the topic that Jamie Oliver is talking about: our food supply. Our food supply—laced with preservatives and ingredients we don’t know how to pronounce—and our lack of education is killing us, and our children. For the first time in history we are seeing a reduction in life expectancy. People are finally starting to talk about this, from movies like Food Inc to books like UltraMetabolism that focus on real and unprocessed foods. You might think these chemicals and processed foods are simply no big deal, but I urge you to take a closer look at how these additives make you feel versus what it’s like to eat a diet filled with whole and unprocessed food.
Please watch this talk and pass it along to everyone you know. Forget about health care reform and the billions that will be spent on it, let’s fix the fixable stuff now.