Jamie Oliver Wins the TED Prize (Part One)

by Gavan on February 11, 2010

Have you heard of TED?

“TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year’s TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.

The annual conferences in Long Beach and Oxford bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).
Our mission: Spreading ideas.
We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.”

The coveted TED Prize was given out last night in Long Beach, CA. If only I had known sooner as I would have loved to have been there. This year’s winner is none other than the brilliant Jamie Oliver (you might also know him as the Naked Chef).

“The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED Community’s exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to three exceptional individuals who each receive $100,000 and, much more important, the granting of “One Wish to Change the World.” After several months of preparation, they unveil their wish at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. These wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact.”

Previous winners are President Clinton and fellow Oirishman Bono, as well some scientists and so forth. The most important part of winning this accolade is getting the wish. To show you significant this can be, Bono’s wish was to have 1 million Americans sign a petition to show they care about world hunger. Seems pretty straight forward, right? From this wish came One.org. How cool is that? That a movement to end world hunger came from simply wishing for it to happen?

Jamie Oliver’s Wish:

“I wish for your help to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”

Fecking brilliant like.

Who knew that two ‘across the ponders’, one Brit one Irish, would share the same dream when it comes to food. Want to get involved? Sign the petition to challenge our leaders to make change now then leave a message below to let me know you’ve added your support.

Cooking healthy doesn’t have to be hard–Bring it on!


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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

The Missus February 11, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I’m on board!

jacqui February 12, 2010 at 7:15 am

One day at a time, one child at a time, one family at a time. One day it will happen.

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