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The TED Community Should Build a City for the Future.

This community is made up some the most wonderful people this planet has to offer and I think we need to leverage this better. What I am proposing is taking all this community has to offer and building the future with it. No country, No city is perfect nor could even this community achieve such a illusory concept, but by comparison to what currently exists I know we can do better. We discuss the changes that need to be made to government, education, healthcare, infrastructure as well as the difficulties in making them, all the time. So why not start fresh and build it better from the start. With such an enormous pool of talented designers, educators, investors and leaders all focused on the common good we could create a city in which people want to live and work. We could also use it as a testing ground for new ideas that require the complexity of a city allowing us to try things others can't or won't. With the ability to govern ourselves we could really analyze what works and what doesn't without bureaucracy and closed minds holding us back. One of the most powerful and diverse tools our species has created is the vary internet which has allowed this and many other communities to flourish. I think it is time we use it to overcome some of our greatest failures as a species and it starts with a real world physical hub of progress. A sanctuary for rational people in an often violently irrational world. This is a daunting project, but far from impossible. Once the city is build, is when it gets really complicated. I trust we can handle it together. There will certainly be no shortage of people seeking citizenship. With the knowledge I gained from two years of architectural school and many more spent on observation and research, I dare say I could design the bones of such a city myself, but what the TED community could build would surely make "My City" pale in comparison to "Our City". Lets claim the future of cities for those who will live in them.


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    Jan 26 2014: This is a great idea. I am sure that the TED community could pull it off!
    • Jan 27 2014: Thanks Timothy, I think so too. It will require more people contributing to the conversation though. I encourage telling others and growing this conversation into something more than just a nice thought and into a real world possibility.

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