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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 7 2011: We need a wikipedia of City 2.0 ideas - ideas from around the world that others can tap into and share their experiences. This is where tried and tested ideas can be shared with others and where improvements can be contributed. Unlike a blog which seems to attract negative comments - the wiki idea would have page supporters which would ensure that the content is relevant and without agenda or promotions. Each idea would need a full description of features and benefits, a how to section and a contact for further details. I see it almost as a franchise section that does not include a license fee. One idea I have heard about is turning the roof tops of city buildings into gardens - not new - but there must be a lot of experience about what works and what does not. There is little to be gained from commercialising this idea - far more from sharing it - but how do you go about it and what is involved. Or the city bike system - already taking over in Paris and London - this needs to be shared in other cities too. What are the issues and how is this best done?

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