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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

Ned Swain Making manual labor fun and social

  • 2012

Ned Swain runs day-to-day operations of Devenish Wines, a small wine distributor focused on hand made wines that express the environment and culture that created them. He is also a founding partner in Local Muscle Movers, a customer service driven moving company. He builds community and provides much needed service through two organizations he founded – Hash House Harriers and GruntMatch.

Hash running is an international phenomenon that originated in Malaysia in 1939. Hash runs are organized on the hare and hounds concept, meaning that someone (the hare) gets a head start and then the rest of the runners (the hounds) give chase, but with no idea where the hare is going, simply following marks left on the pavement – hilarity ensues.

GruntMatch grew out of Ned’s experiences organizing hash runs and his enjoyment of lifting large awkward objects and running up and down stairs while on the job with Local Muscle. The thought was “Hey, if I can enjoy something like moving, why couldn’t this be extended to other activities and people in order to accomplish good deeds?” The idea for GruntMatch was shared with his business partner Jake Holz and his friend Liz Trice – both co-organizers.

Ned also serves on the boards of several nonprofits, including the community arts group Mensk and the Mount Desert Island Marathon. He is fond of long distance running and open-ocean rowing.