Our second Speakeasy event saw Jared Ficklin share his wisdom with us, covering an eclectic selection of topics, from the first robot war (which will be between autonomous cars and Uber drivers) to the merits of the movies Interstellar and Rocky 4. And Jared was just as excited to show us how to cook his favourite dish, Hatch Chile Stew. Which is actually a soup. Apparently.
Jared’s an insightful futurist that left his position as Fellow at Frog Design last year to start up Argo Design in Austin, Texas. He’s famous for being the first person allowed fire on the stage in a Ted talk. In the above episode of Cooking in the MethLab with Jared we discover that the flame table from his Ted talk was actually built to roast the same chiles we use for the soup.
The recipe called for some very specific Chiles that are only grown in one place — the town where Jared grew up, and Chef Nate scoured Toronto’s specialist outlets to eventually find a handful, in Loblaws of all places! As we learn to prepare the soup Jared tells us about the revolution in product design, and his motivation for setting up Argo Design.
Jared explains the value of what he calls calisthenics — a bimonthly exercise where Argo Design considers the near future and publishes their vision. They have envisioned a supersonic ground transport system proposed by Elon Musk, and 4 wearables that give you superpowers.
When the subject of food in the workplace comes up we discover that Jared has strong feelings on the subject and he really wants you to get out of the office for lunch to avoid eating at your desk.
But amongst all the futurism Jared really comes alive when talking about his work in helping bring skateparks to Austin, a task that even included changing the Texas constitution. And as if that wasn’t a big enough achievement we also hear about Jared’s plan to revolutionize public transport in North America.
We’d like to thank Jared for making both our little cookery show, and the Speakeasy event such a huge success. Huge thanks also go out to Chef Nate and the Home of the Brave crew, we couldn’t have done this without you. We’re in the process of selecting someone wonderful for Speakeasy number 3, so stay tuned to OneMethod and FITC’s social channels.