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Amy Novogratz

TED Prize Director, TED Conferences

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If you could make a wish on behalf of The City 2.0, what would it be?

Today, TED announces the winner of the 2012 TED Prize: the City 2.0. The City 2.0 is the city of the future ... a future in which more than 10 billion people on planet Earth must somehow live sustainably, together. The City 2.0 is not a sterile utopian dream, but a real-world upgrade tapping into humanity's collective wisdom. The City 2.0 promotes innovation, education, culture and economic opportunity. The City 2.0 reduces the carbon footprint of its occupants and eases the environmental pressure on the world's rural areas. The City 2.0 is a place of beauty, wonder, excitement, inclusion, diversity, life. The City 2.0 is the city that works.

A range of visionaries around the world will be advocates on behalf of the City 2.0. We are listening to them -- and to you.

What is your wish for The City 2.0? A wish capable of igniting a massive collaborative project among the members of the global TED community, and indeed all who care about our planet's future.

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  • Dec 6 2011: In my view, the city should result from allowing people to live as near as possible to the way they chose. We should not push to produce any particular outcome. There, of course, will be practical constraints that everyone will have to live with; we cannot abrogate the laws of physics, and we shouldn't try to abrogate the laws of free-market economics. Zoning should be applied only when there are very, very compelling reasons for it. The overall objective is to maximize choice.

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