Erin and TED's Excellent Adventure
Four years ago on January 26th, 2019 we were lucky enough to step on the TEDx Natick stage and share the story of Family Dinner. We talked about the need to shorten and strengthen the local food supply chain, to use data and technology to support the incredibly important work of small local farmers.
It was very slightly thrilling but mostly terrifying. It's a small miracle no one barfed on their shoes.
Thus began our Excellent Adventure with TED. (If you're too young to get the reference to this cinematic gem, come sit around the fire, children, and let Auntie Erin tell you about the late 1980's.)
In Spring 2020 we were contacted by TED and they were interesting in hosting our talk on the main TED page. They were incredibly fastidious in their research; fact-checking everything, requiring source materials. In August the talk went live on the TED homepage and has since been viewed 1.85M times.
xWe were contacted by people all over the world, from Pune, India to Sao Paolo, Brasil, to Perth, Australia and dozens of farming communities across the US. The clear message was that people were interested in the model, in a better way to manage the local food supply chain. The community was buzzing and it was growing.
In December, they asked us to contribute to their recommended reading list of Books to Inspire. We chose Ruth Reichl's Save Me the Plums, which I seemingly cannot stop yammering about.
The whole time for this wild ride we pinched ourselves. How could this little idea, written on the back of napkins at our favorite sports bar, have come to this.
We're so grateful to be a part of such an incredible community working hard to make their little corner of the world better. Thank you all for being a part of this.
Erin, Tim and the Family Dinner Fam