Michael Sacco is a technologist, writer and chocolatier. He founded ChocoSol, an artisanal chocolate company which he as termed a learning community social enterprise promoting the diversity of production of organic cacao through a structure defined as horizontal trade. Rather than sell commodities, says Michael, ChocoSol extends symbolic invitations: The chocolate is an expression and vehicle for our dignity, creativity and learning. Honoured as Toronto Food Policy Councils Local Food Hero in September 2009, he believes in open-source learning and building, and has been designing green production systems using solar power, pedal power, and waste diversion and upcycling techniques. ChocoSols bicycle-powered chocolate grinders earned it the title of Torontos Best New Bicycle Business in 2008. About TEDx, x=independently organize event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self- organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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