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Jamie Oliver Wins $100K TED Prize

JOliver.jpgChef and activist Jamie Oliver has won the 2010 TED Prize, joining a diverse list of past winners such as Bill Clinton, Bono, E.O. Wilson, and controversial mentor James Nachtwey. Awarded annually by nonprofit braintrust TED, the award typically goes to three exceptional individuals who each receive $100,000 and “One Wish to Change the World,” but due to a dearth of remarkable people or, more likely, prize money, TED has named Oliver the first solo winner. “After discussion with various wise souls in the community, we are moving to a new format of one new winner every year,” wrote TED curator Chris Anderson and TED Prize director Amy Novogratz in an e-mail announcing the 2010 winner. “At the same time we’re increasing our capacity to facilitate your amazing efforts on the existing [TED Prize Projects].”

You may know 34-year-old Oliver as “the naked chef,” the rather misleading name of the television show that first propelled him—fully clothed but enamored with stripped-down fare—into the public eye in 1999. Today, after helming a dozen TV series and selling 24 million copies of his ten books (translated into 29 languages), he’s developed into a raffish British amalgam of Rachael Ray and Alice Waters, one day sharing a recipe for a “killer chocolate mousse” and the next crusading for healthier school lunches. Anderson and Novogratz describe Oliver as “the chef who’s transforming the way we feed our children,” noting that his “School Dinners/Feed Me Better” campaign pressured the U.K. government to invest $1 billion to overhaul school lunches. Oliver also founded the Fifteen Foundation, a social enterprise and chef apprenticeship for 18- to 24-year-olds. Originated in London, the program has been replicated in Amsterdam, Cornwall, and Melbourne. Next stop: America. The new TV series Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution USA is slated to debut in 2010 on ABC. Meanwhile, Oliver will reveal his TED Prize wish on February 10 during the the 2010 TED Conference, which takes place February 9-13 in Long Beach, California.

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TED Unveils James Nachtwey’s Photos Documenting Deadly TB

Upon winning the Technology Entertainment Design (TED) Prize in 2007, photojournalist James Nachtwey made a wish: to break a story that he was working on “in a way that provides spectacular proof of the power of news photography in the digital age.” Today Nachtwey’s TED Prize wish comes true with the unveiling of his stirring black-and-white photographs of people around the world who are affected by extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), a mutated form of TB that is found in 49 countries and responsible for more than 20,000 preventable deaths annually.

“Health authorities know what needs to be done, but politicians and the public at large don’t have XDR-TB on their radar,” wrote TED curator Chris Anderson in an e-mail sent to TED suporters this afternoon. “That’s what James Nachtwey’s powerful TED Prize wish is all about.” Tonight the photos will be projected in public places in 50 cities worldwide, and the next issue of Time magazine will feature a seven-page feature on XDR-TB. Meanwhile, Radical Media has created the below video slideshow as well as a print campaign around the project’s Mammalfish-built website; visit today to spread the word.

IDEO’s Planning a Quickie and You’re Invited


The too-smart-for-their-own-good kids at IDEO are organizing what they’re calling a unique event celebrating unusual, stimulating thought and behavior.” And they’re calling it a Quickie. Stimulating, indeed.

Rapid-fire talks, performances, music and mind-candy are guaranteed from Wired’s Chris Anderson, Toychestra, 826 Valencia, Pixar’s Teddy Newton, the 25-woman choir Conspiracy of Venus, Jane McGonigal from the Institute for The Future, Visionary State author Erik Davis on Californian cults and someone called The Mighty Stallion. Stimulating, indeed.

For a good time, head to IDEO’s San Francisco office on June 6 from 6pm – 9pm, which is located at Pier 28 Annex The Embarcadero, San Francisco. Tell them you heard about it on UnBeige to get in. Actually tell them that UnBeige wants to know more, lots more, about this Mighty Stallion.

A full paragraph of additional directional information follows, for those who have problems finding their Quickies.

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