Be A Part of TEDActive Projects!

We invite you to join us in making ideas worth spreading come alive with the TEDActive Projects! We have invited some of the top experts, leaders, and idea amplifiers from each project theme to come to Palm Springs and collaborate with YOU, our project leaders, in creating a call-to-action on vital issues raised at TEDActive.

As a project leader, you and your group will be part of discussions, workshops, and activities during the conference to help you on your path to finding real solutions to big problems. We also hope this experience at TEDActive will help foster meaningful relationships to continue well beyond the conference.

You will also be invited by the TEDActive team to be a contributing writer to our official TEDActive Community Blog and encourage you to start “tweeting” your project experiences before, during, and after the conference for the public to engage in.

While we invite everyone to partake in this new initiative, spaces are limited to join a project team at TEDActive. We encourage all TEDActive attendees to sign up here on our Project Leader Application Form. Once you receive confirmation from our Projects team, you can immediately begin acting by connecting with your team, and documenting your experiences on our blog!

Be the first to participate as leaders in this exciting new initiative. Act now!

2 thoughts on “Be A Part of TEDActive Projects!”

  1. Like Lewis Humphreys of TEDxTucson, I agree that, if sustainable communities are the goal, the effort must begin with how food is provided. Going forward the model_must_change, as compared with how have accessed food in the past. Society, today, has grown separated from the earth and the life the earth enables. Food is disconnected in our psyche from its source, just an item on a shopping list that we take to supermarkets upon which we are dependent. And we trust that food is safe and nutritious, yet the evidence shows this is not the case.

    Globally, one of the biggest challenges is that societies have moved from agrarian to industrial/technological proficiencies; in the process relinquishing control of farming to huge corporate megaliths with no interest in people that doesn’t enhance their bottom line. Part of corporate philosophy dictates consolidation of assets and owning the means of production. That has led to industrial farming in a centralized model that is dependent on mass-production and mechanization of facilities as well as a widely dispersed staging of distribution infrastructure that is, in turn, dependent on massive burning of fossil fuels. Food is trucked over great distances, shuttled between processing and preserving stations where food is tinted, gassed and dressed up to look alive. It’s actually dead by the time it reaches supermarket shelves in the communities where we live.

    Meanwhile, the mechanized tilling, plowing of fields releases megatons of sequestered carbon into the atmosphere and each harvest marks another incremental depletion of life-enabling topsoil that has either washed away or blown away as dust. Chemical industries step in to provide synthetic growth and fertilization mediums, genetically modified organisms designed to grow on those, even as Industrial ag wastes huge stores of freshwater resources and discharges megatons of over-fertilization and pesticides into the watershed, impacting streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and oceans worldwide. It’s a real tragedy and most of us are oblivious to what’s going on.

    Industrial agriculture, not surprisingly, is the biggest withdrawer of freshwater, taking 70% and, overall, wasting 80% to 90% of what it consumes. This is not a trivial matter as the growing drought, worldwide, is a developing catastrophe, presently exploding in slow-motion. Look at California, the biggest agricultural water consumer in the USA(1):

    In 2000: population in California was 35,104,437 (Census figures)
    In 2010: population in California was 39,135,676 (Census pending)
    In 2050: population in California is projected to be 59,507,876

    Meanwhile, the United States branch of the Stockholm Environment Institute, based in Somerville, Mass., just released an extended analysis(2) of water demand in America’s southwest regions. Here’s what they found:
    In terms of future supplies, the cumulative SHORTFALL over the next century in the Southwest, if we don’t do something smart, will be 1.815 billion acre feet. Factoring in a climate-change-driven reduction in supply, the shortfall grows by another 439 million acre-feet; TOTAL SHORTAGE: 2.254 BILLION ACRE FEET.
    1 http://www.dof.ca.gov/research/demographic/data/race-ethnic/2000-50/
    2 http://sei-international.org/news-and-media/1938
    3 http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/wuir.html

    It’s clear that the assets and the means of food production must be dis-integrated from the industrial model and re-integrated in the local farming model. Good nutrition, food that is real and consumed alive enables our bodies to be healthy and assists, directly, the financial condition of the nation as a whole… sick people are an unsustainable burden that our medical system has to bear and it’s been proven that, unless something changes, medical will continue to drag down our economy in countless ways.

    As founder of The Waters Wheel, LLC (www.waterswheel.org) I advocate the kind of farming systems that can heal our communities and our environment, methods that use 5% to 10% of water and nutrient used in conventional farming, that need no tilling or plowing of soil (they don’t need soil) and enable people, even in places where no soil is available to farm the foods they consume without need for chemicals or pesticides(4)(5)(6).

    4 http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=238119&id=715041939
    5 http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=268183&id=715041939
    6 http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=287800&id=715041939
    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=254514&id=715041939

    As farming is re-integrated in the communities where people live, in ways that allow food to be less wasteful of water and nutrient and be more nutritious, people will re-learn communion with the earth, respect the gifts that enable life, and return closer to the source mindful of what it means to live sustainably

    Rafael O. Quezada

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  2. Oh, my heart is breaking that I won’t be there in person to help you kickstart these Fab initiatives!
    Regardless, count me in — my institute GGI is happy to share our neuro-smart programs to move education and public heart forward!

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