TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a nonprofit which has held global conferences since 1984 about “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Since 2005, TED has awarded annual $100,000 prizes to enable the winners to realize “One Wish to Change the World.” 2012 marks the first time that the prize has been awarded to an idea instead of a person. The winner of this year’s prize is The City 2.0. According to TED curator, Chris Anderson, the goal of The City 2.0 is to “empower citizens to connect with each other to help reshape their own cities,” and is “the ultimate design challenge.” The City 2.0 sets up a global, collaborative platform for individuals, political leaders, urban experts, companies, and organizations to reimagine and improve the place where the majority of the planet dwells.
Here’s the video for The City 2.0 presented at the conference:
The City 2.0 has wished to create a unique platform created by the TED Prize to allow citizens anywhere to participate in the creation of their City 2.0. It will become an ever-expanding network of citizen-led experiments, with the ability to scale successes and learn lessons from failures.
The idea is to empower and connect citizens worldwide so they may join each other in creating our future cities. Together, we can create a better world.
CITY 2.0 needs:
• Local individuals to form groups and begin activating around their city
• Companies and organizations willing to offer resources
• Connections to governments and data sets
• Technology partners
• Editor(s) / researcher(s) to seek out examples of what’s working
• Media campaign
• Media space
• Financial support