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Sarah Shewey

CEO/Founder, Happily


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How can we make the world even smaller, more accessible? *A TEDActive Mobility Project Question*


The TEDActive Mobility Project will explore ways to reduce the cost, time and necessity of driving. We'll look at the barriers to mobilizing local communities, and examine new tools that can make our world more accessible.

At TEDActive2011 in Palm Springs, an amazing group of individuals came together as a group to come up with a simple micro-action solution for making our world a much smaller place. After a quick 36 hour period of time, they recommended that we make an effort to be a bigger person and "SOCIAL UP." They're sharing their Social Up experiences in the TEDActive mobility project page (click on link above), and invite you to share your ideas in the TED Conversations space. Please tag TEDActiveMOB in the "topics" section below for us all to join you!

What would be your micro-solution to making the world more accessible?


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    Apr 27 2011: Like many people in the US, I don't live in a city, but do work in one. I have a long commute of 120 miles, which is more the exception than the rule, I know. In my case, public transportation to work is extremely pricey ( > US$100 round-trip) and also somewhat unreliable (lengthy delays + connecting trains), so instead I drive. I feel pretty guilty about it, but because of where I live I don't see much choice. The only solution that makes sense is to move into a city. Working on that!! More people moving to cities and doing our best to support their existing transportation infrastructures seems a relatively easy change to make.

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