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Ricardo Williams

Media Director, IDEAS For Us, Inc.

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How are you helping your local community?

I am an ambassador of "I.D.E.A.S. For Us", a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and accredited NGO of the United Nations, advancing sustainability and solving environmental problems through youth-led action at universities, K-12 schools and communities around the World.

Recently we started a new project called "The Hive". Its a think (and do) tank aimed at addressing Global challenges through local solutions to advance sustainability. Our first Hive has started in Orlando, Florida, but this is a community initiative that we plan to spread to many other cities in the hopes of conquering the five pillars of sustainability: ecology, food, waste, water, and energy.

So my questions to the TED community is... Are you an environmentalist? Do you care about sustaining your community (as well as the world)? And if so, what steps have taken to do so? ... Or maybe you have some IDEAS for us?

And.... GO!


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    Jun 15 2013: If you have not yet done this, do an internet search for "sustainable cities." There are many organizations and networks of organizations with these words in their titles that gather ideas you may find useful. One blog I read is from Sustainable Cities Collective, but there are many organizations that pool ideas in this area from all over the world.

    Because so many are already collecting such ideas, you may find it very efficient in terms of gathering ideas you want to implement or spread yourselves to make a stop on those sites!

    And here are thirty-three TED talks you might find useful about sustainability. http://www.ted.com/talks/tags/sustainability

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