Ed Dowding

“If we were inventing democracy now, this would be a big chunk of it.”

Ed has been creating social collaboration systems that leverage data and tech for over a decade.

In 2012, he founded FoodTrade (@foodtradeHQ). Dubbed a ‘dating site for food businesses’, it’s helping small food businesses trade more effectively with each other. As Prince Charles says, “this technology could transform the way food networks operate.”

He's currently developing Represent, an app for "re-inventing democracy" giving people a say on every local issue that affects them.

Ed is a London Food Board member, a key player in the Bristol Green Capital Food Team and a recent TED speaker. He talks frequently on the social innovation, entrepreneurialism, the future, patterns for prosperity, and governance; and judges food awards and hackathons.