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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.

Share it below.


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    Dec 6 2011: My wish is for cities with excellent school systems to share how they're creating cities for the future. This includes how they use data, expert analysis from many fields, and how they model best practices around the globe.

    Educating children for a globalized, urban world poses new challenges and opportunities. Among the challenges are how to offer an excellent education without sacrificing access and equity. Among the opportunities are how to help a rising generation think about the world based on the demands of a resource-stressed, globalized world.

    Great cities around the world are adopting education reform as a way to build thriving--and they hope, over time, sustainable--cities.

    In the last five years, promising new trends are starting to emerge. OECD has very interesting data on how school systems have successfully put a focus on real-world inquiry and problem solving as a way to raise student achievement. OECD has also shown that in the medium- to long-term, it leads to increased local economic development. Most of these cities are in the Pacific Rim, and most of them (coincidentally?) have correlating plans for greener technology and infrastructure.

    Bravo on awarding the TED prize to an idea. Several studies estimate that majority of the world's population live in cities, as of 2011. This is very new; compared to 200 years ago, only about 3% lived in urban areas. A perfect time to think and spread ideas on these issues.

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