We can finally share the news that I (Joel) is speaking at this years TEDxToronto event on September 26th!
The theme this year is “The Choices we Make.” . Have a look at the video below to see my 90-second biography that was created for the event. It’s purpose is to introduce me – my topic will be different than this teaser!
It’s a little graphic – but so are the choices I’ve made around his relationship with food:
The 12-minute speech will be delivered to a sold-out room of 1,000 people – you will be able to watch online from anywhere in the world on the TEDxToronto website.
Our objective for this speech is simple: to inspire others to preserve food and perhaps think a little differently about what they eat! You can help by sharing the video or joining our virtual event on Facebook. If that’s not your thing, we’ll be updating this page regularly!
We hope you’ll come along for the ride and that, together, we can inspire others as a community to embrace preserving and approach food differently.
Stay tuned to this page for updates and share your feedback, stories and ideas below – let’s change the world together!
Update 2 – Thursday, August 29th, 7:40 PM
The last 24 hours have been a blur. I still have a whole bunch of thank yous to send to so many friends, family and strangers from around the world who cheered the news yesterday. We published the updates on social media, shut down the computers and went for dinner. After dinner we read many of the replies together and I went to bed, flat-out exhausted.
Even though I’ve seen edits of the video over the last few weeks, seeing it on the site suddenly made everything real. I actually broke down in happy tears twice; something that’s not completely out of character (I’m comfortable being emotional) but definitely not frequent. I am so thankful to so many and can’t say that enough; this community is something so dear to me.
I also had 1.5 hours of voice coaching yesterday. Despite being a confident public speaker, I realize there’s a whole lot of work to do between now and September 26th. I spent part of my childhood in speech therapy learning how to say the letters ‘R’ and ‘S.’ Some of the exercises brought back vividly uncomfortable memories and took me far from my comfort zone – and I think that’s a good thing.
We’re off to a puppet show (for adults) now; looking forward to a silly night not thinking a lot about what’s to come! 🙂
Update 1 – Wednesday, August 28th, 6:40 PM
The news went out at 2:00PM today. We still haven’t shared it; but we’ve already been overwhelmed (in a good way) by the support of love and strangers. As I write this I find myself excited, happy, scared, intimidated and empowered. Today taught me that I have a LOT left to do and I can’t wait. Hope to do all y’all proud. 🙂