Last night, Eric, FlashFood’s Executive Director, along with about a dozen other Arizona State University students, gave an engaging and insightful presentation at Ignite@ASU. The format and style of Ignite is modeled after the renowned Ted Talks, where speakers use timed powerpoint slide shows and are allotted roughly twenty minutes to present. However, instead of twenty minutes, each Ignite presenter only has five minutes to tell their story. The Ignite tagline, and philosophy, is “enlighten us, but make it quick”.
Eric’s talk focused on the problems of food waste and hunger in America, but he emphasized the impact that many people in our communities are making through food rescue, which involves recovering extra food from food service and retail businesses and donating it to hungry. He also brought up a very important point; most food is wasted along the supply chain before even reaching restaurants and grocers. It ‘s crucial that we adopt innovative long-term strategies to mitigate the problem of food waste all along the supply chain, and we need more innovators to create solutions.
He concluded his speech with an inspiring call to action for everyone in the audience; pick one problem that bothers you more than anything else, and think of new and creative ways to solve it.
To see videos of past Ignite@ASU presentations, check out their site. We should have a video of Eric’s talk posted soon!