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Year: 2014

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The word “feasting” instinctually connects with food. The urge to feast can strike after coming onto a food market, a food truck, or a food court. Food—baked or sautéed, boiled or broiled, fried or poached, steamed or stewed—is a natural draw. It captivates the senses. It serves the human appetite. This is the common perception of food—to gather, prepare, and digest. It satisfies cravings for flavors, textures, and much-needed energy.

Food is produced and used for growth. It’s essentially (and critically) what a body needs. Adding to the interpretation of food, what also feeds the body—what it needs—is the food of dreams, imagination, creation, and birth. Human history (microscopic compared to the age of the cosmos) is dense with history of these activities. Human beings, independently and collectively, keep proving their capacity to build what’s dreamt and imagined. This is the pleasure and pain of matching (what author Neil Gaiman calls) “good madness” with good work, and in the process, surprising ourselves when the envisioned character of our efforts becomes a fully-fleshed-out somebody, whether it’s a piece of art or a piece of commerce. Submitting to such pleasure and pain is also a coping mechanism, addressing the condition of feeling agitated, even troubled, with a world chaffing with vulnerability and conflict.

If societies constitute an open table, the varied forms of human effort constitute the food brought to it, from solo efforts to combined ones, and from small-scale efforts to large-scale ones. The table remains open to all types of food.

There is a storied hunger to make circumstances better, bit by bit, place by place, in a growing variety of ways. It’s the hunger for a feast marked by genuine attention and integrity—a feast earned every time.

This kind of feast is never final, and welcomes everyone who yearns for possibilities, thinks about them, and commits (borrowing a phrase from author David Foster Wallace) “to illuminate the possibilities for being alive and human in it.”


Photograph: Feast + Knack Factory

Nate Burgos runs Design Feast, his long-term project dedicated to creative culture. He wrote the guide “Scratch your niche: Fun and fulfillment through Web-based projects.” He also self-published “BROKEN: Navigating the ups and downs of the circus called work.” Connect with Nate on Twitter and Facebook.

The Feast Worldwide hosted an evening of conversation in Melbourne in October. As part of our global movement, our hosts in over 30 cities held dinner parties to move the world forward.  We are thrilled to share their stories, in a series made possible by Feastly.  

Our community in Melbourne spoke of a world where people are empowered to do the work they love.   Our Speakers included Will Dayble, Director of Squareweave, Chantelle Baxter, Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of One Girl, and Alan Crabbe, CEO of Poxible.   Each spoke to their own personal journey in discovering a new professional path.  What got them to where they are today? Each speaker acknowledged and celebrated the people who gave them the strength and courage actualize their dreams, from friends to bosses.

Here’s a quick look at a few awesome moments from Melbourne, led by Valerie.  As Valerie said, “the evening was not about how many people you could meet in one night, but rather the quality and depth of the conversation.” 

 

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Check out more photos on Facebook here

In Melbourne? “Like” The Feast Worldwide, Melbourne page to stay in the loop. Otherwise, stay in touch to find out about upcoming dinners.

A huge thank you to all of our Melbourne sponsors!  They are:

Krimper
Lentil as Anything
Accenture
Luxbite
Pana Chocolate
PachaMama Wines
Endless Ciders
Who Gives a Crap
Mama’s Kitchen
Masak Masak
Kissaten Sushi
OzHarvest
United Make – UDMK
Chobani

The Feast Worldwide hosted an evening of conversation in Montclair this fall. As part of our global movement, our hosts in over 30 cities held dinner parties to move the world forward.  We are thrilled to share their stories and ideas for change, in a series made possible by Feastly.   

Hosted by Helene Richman, citizens of Montclair came together to discuss issues of food security in Essex County, New Jersey.  Leaders in the movement to improve food security shared their initiatives ranging from local community gardens to food pantries.   Speakers included Peter Keating of United Way, Karen Lee of Montclair Community Farms Coalition, Melina Macall of Guerilla Gardening, Emily Klein of Eat. Live. Well; Ann Mernin of Toni’s Kitchen, and Anthony Bracco of Bracco Farms.

Our speakers created the spark.  The guests were the kindling for the fire, bringing their expertise to the table.  Ideas percolated; guests discussed innovative strategies to addressing the problem.  Guests developed ideas to use food trucks to deliver prepared food to those in need of a meal.  Attendees challenged one another to continue the conversation and take action after the event was over.  We look forward to hear how the fire is growing in Montclair.

Learn more about the evening’s conversation here.

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Check out more photos on Facebook here

In Montclair? “Like” The Feast Worldwide, Montclair page to stay in the loop. Otherwise, stay in touch to find out about upcoming dinners.

In these intense, pressured and constantly connected times, it is becoming increasingly clear that we need new skills that will help us not only look after our bodies, but also help us care for our busy, and often-anxious, minds.

The National Alliance on Mental Health reports that one in four adults – approximately 61.5 million Americans – experiences mental illness in a given year. As our awareness of the extent of society’s mental health problems increases, so does the need for products, services and brands to be designed that help promote mental health. Whereas physical health is tangible, mental health is intangible and this makes it harder to address and certainly more thought provoking to truly innovate and design for.

As part of the Pearlfisher Futures Body Mode insight we explored this area of change as one of our macro cultural shifts – Detachment to Unison. This shift highlights our growing awareness of the benefits of symbiosis between minds and bodies, the increasing desire for a complete and integrated approach to wellness and how we are looking to new brands, products and experiences to help us manage and live life to its full potential.

Using this insight, we designed a visionary brand concept to help de-stigmatize, raise awareness and amplify the new need for a complete and integrated approach to mental wellness.

 

The Concept: Root

Root is a practical philosophy, a tangible symbol and a collection of 3 truly purposeful products that help us reconnect with ourselves mentally, to keep our minds clear when necessary and help us stay grounded, whatever our lives ask of us.

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The friend: A small magnetic dot that can be applied to thumb and forefinger to ground us, reestablishing our physical presence when our mind spirals into the ether, helping to ward off anxiety.

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The fiend: A ring made of malleable material allows you to physically expunge your emotion by squeezing it, twisting it and shouting into it. It has air ducts around the inner ring that suck the sound away and transpose it into soulful music, helping you to release of anger and relieve stress.

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The filter: An instant messaging program that slows down impulse, holding outgoing messages and replaying them to after a certain amount of time with the question – “Are you sure you want to send this?”

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Root’s symbolic identity can also be incorporated into public spaces – for example as seating which offers cool comfort on hot days and warm comfort during chillier days – as a way of offering physical solidarity and to remind us of the problems that many experience on a daily basis.

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Pearlfisher is partnering with The Feast to inspire entrepreneurs and social thinkers through future-focused design to create the next movement for social good.

About Pearlfisher

Pearlfisher is the definitive creative partnership. We believe great design transforms lives for the better. It connects and seduces. It resolves tensions. Working with the most desirable and beloved brands, Challengers & Icons, we create change. Through Futures, Strategy & Design, we strive to make lasting impact.

The Feast Worldwide hosted an evening of conversation in North Vancouver this fall. As part of our global movement, our hosts in over 30 cities held dinner parties to move the world forward.  We are thrilled to share their stories and ideas for change, in a series made possible by Feastly.   

The dinner focused on education, asking how we can build a world where education empowers individuals to thrive in the face of change. Guests jumped right in on tackling the question and the energy was amazing.  Our host, Daniel Dubois, captured the sentiments of those present, commenting on how remarkable it was for such”a diverse group of individuals connecting over common missions, to create greater interdependence, empathy, growth and love in our communities.”

North Vancouver hosted a diverse set of industry leaders to spark dialogue around social good.  Speakers included Greg Smith, Co-founder and CEO of ThinkificGilad Babchuk, Co-founder of Groundswell Economic Alternatives, Melanie Koenderman and Ryan Derby-Talbo of Quest University, Anne-Marie Enns, Event Producer at Pulledin, Elizabeth Jonson, Co-Founder at Grace Rwanda Society, and Charles Tsai Director of Learning Networks at Ashoka Canada.

Check out an incredible, in-depth recap of their take-aways here.

Here’s a small snapshot of some of the awesome moments from North Vancouver, led by Daniel Dubois.  Take a look!

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Finally, a big thank you to our sponsors, Capilano University, Capilano Foundation, Capilano Students Union, and Vancity in North Vancouver.  Thank you for helping to make our event extraordinary.

We hosted an epic celebration last month as part of The Feast Worldwide, a global movement of dinner parties to move the world forward. With 30+ cities involved, we couldn’t be more excited to highlight their stories, conversations and big ideas for change in a series made possible by Feastly.

Here’s a quick look at a few awesome moments from Vancouver, led by Crystal Lee and her wonderful team of volunteers.  Hosted at the epic Groundswell Cafe & Learning Space, this dinner envisioned a world where growing and eating healthy food connects people.

Speakers included Derek Juno of Mealshare, Joey Liu of The Food Connection, Annika Reinhardt of Social Bites, Chris Jerome of Hawkers Market and Ruth Warren + Katie Ralphs of City Beet Farm.

Take a look at some of the highlights below!

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The most delicious part? Proceeds from the dinner were donated to Mealshare to feed 200 people in need.

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Check out more photos on Facebook here, or give a shout-out on Twitter to Crystal Lee for a stellar job! 

In Vancouver? “Like” The Feast Worldwide, Vancouver page to stay in the loop.

We hosted an epic celebration last month as part of The Feast Worldwide, a global movement of dinner parties to move the world forward. With 30+ cities involved, we couldn’t be more excited to highlight their stories, conversations and big ideas for change in a series made possible by Feastly.

We were thrilled to have Maria Rodriguez of Byoearth host the event at Chamba, a unique co-working space with the ethos, “Many Dreams, One Location.” The dinner focused on progression through education, and invited in speakers Karla Ruiz CofiñoTono Aguilar and María Kalschtmitt to share their work.

Whether exploring how to create jobs for stronger economies or how to further skills-based learning, they gathered an incredible group of people around the vision of making Guatemala City great. Check out the photos below!

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A big, big thank you to the local partners who made the dinner possible: Grupo Creative, Make It, Yo Amo Gua, Banco CHN and Distribuidora Alcazaren.

We hosted an epic celebration last month as part of The Feast Worldwide, a global movement of dinner parties to move the world forward. With 30+ cities involved, we couldn’t be more excited to highlight their stories, conversations and big ideas for change, in a series made possible by Feastly.

Here’s a quick look at a few awesome moments from Nairobi, led by Brenda Wambui and Mark Kaigwa. Enjoy!

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Check out more photos on Facebook here, or give a shout-out on Twitter to Brenda Wambui and Mark Kaigwa for a stellar job! 

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This is cross-posted from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy blog by Meredith Lee, Rafael Lemaitre, and Brian Forde.

On October 10 – 11, technologists, entrepreneurs, and innovators across the public and private sectors participated in the first Civic Hardware Hackathon for Disaster Preparedness in support of the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative. Co-hosted by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), The Feast, IDEO, andIntel, the two-day event focused on creating and refining solutions to empower the disaster resilience community and survivors with critical information and resources.

First announced by DHS S&T at the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Demo Day on July 29, the Civic Hardware Hackathon was held in Red Hook, Brooklyn – a neighborhood still rebuilding from the impacts of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

From the start, the hackathon organizers shaped the interaction to enable collaboration and to strengthen participants’ insights about end-user needs. After a series of introductory conference calls where civic hackers shared their project goals and challenges, the participants convened Friday morning at the Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook. The hackathon included a Human-Centered Design workshop, a visit to the New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYC OEM), and field testing with volunteer first responders at the Red Hook Initiative (RHI).

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The Civic Hardware Hackathon included hands-on workshops, a visit to the New York City Emergency Operations Center, and field testing with volunteer first responders at the Red Hook Initiative Community Center.

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Soldering stations were used to prototype sensors and other devices.

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A “pop up” classroom built in a shoebox for the hackathon.

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A Red Hook Initiative Local Leader and Emergency Medical Technician shares the Civic Ninja “Citizen Power Brigade” prototype with neighbors during the hackathon.

Here are some ways these hardware innovators are working to make American communities more resilient and prepared for disasters:

In addition to these teams and the event co-hosts, participants included The Rockefeller Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Millennium Challenge Corporation, SparkFun Electronics, littleBits, 3DSystems, Microsoft, DoGoodBus, NYC OEM, RHI, and the American Red Cross.

From off-the-grid messaging using off-the-shelf components, to crowdsourced data and open hardware, the event emphasized community resourcefulness and capabilities that could be sustained under harsh conditions. Robin Reid, Brooklyn resident and hackathon mentor, noted:

“Participants were challenged to question their assumptions and see the big picture impact in addition to putting in the hours to get the hardware to work.”

As Laura McLaughlin from Cascade Designs commented:

The event brought together creative and open-minded people willing to roll up their sleeves to help, plus compelling real-world challenges – a recipe for collaboration and creativity.”

Coverage of the event can be found by following the hashtag #disastertech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media outlets.  In addition, The Rockefeller Foundation has sponsored a platform, Feast Connects, to enable continued collaboration. Participants will be able to share ideas, open source code, data, and open hardware designs to allow the community to build on progress made at this year’s event.

Meredith Lee is AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate.

Rafael Lemaitre is Director of Public Affairs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Brian Forde is Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.