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Amy Novogratz

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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: ZOOM IN ON THE TERMS OF CITY 2.0:
    Amy Novogratz lays out very clearly what is needed for the TED wish for City 2.0.

    There are many good ideas here. With City 2.0 being specifically described by Amy as "not a sterile utopian dream, but a REAL-WORLD UPGRADE tapping into humanity's collective wisdom," the ideas presented at this juncture should be focused on how to capture all the amazing ideas of this group (as well as the citizenry of cities interested in upgrading to City 2.0.)

    A BRIEF DOSE OF REALITY:
    $100,000 will not go far in FOUNDING and ESTABLISHING a City 2.0. Neither will it do much to, say, upgrade a city like New York to "green" status.

    THE IDEA:
    A City 2.0 competition involving the best, most convincing vision/commitment from a city to upgrade from a 1.0 city to City 2.0.

    THE WINS:
    * This would create the need for applicant cities to have already worked on unifying their vision of an upgraded city, in effect multiplying effectiveness of $100k ten-fold or more.
    * The TED wish money would be required to be spent on the City 2.0 for that model city as an "open-source" city, a software-website-app package for citizens to use daily, interacting w/ City 2.0 standards, vision, ranking, envisioning coming improvements, etc.
    * The competition would require a Vision/Mission from both city council & key citizen group representation.
    * TED could commit to rallying past TED Fellow's to volunteer their time to the winning city for a series of charettes.
    * The winner would agree to certain (reasonable) terms as laid out by a consortium visionaries in the areas of land use requirements, sustainable development, art/culture development, etc.
    * Winning city would agree to host City 2.0 contest of their own to neighboring cities, starting the City 2.0 virus. Will pass on best practices, etc.
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      Dec 7 2011: What the heck do you mean “Amy Novogratz lays out very clearly what is needed for the TED wish for City 2.0.”???

      I’m so confused I don’t know which way to turn. I feel like I’ve been cornered in an airport by a swarm of Hari-Krishnas. All these TED groupies seem to be chanting some incantation in a language I don’t understand.

      What is “The City 2.0”? Who came up with the idea? Is this just something out of Dilbert - that is - they need a new product, so first thing come up with a new name?
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        Dec 7 2011: Hey, Tim, I think I understand what you mean. When I saw the announcement about the prize, the first thing I´ve done was to look after a TED talk named 'City 2.0" to understand what is it all about. Then I saw there is none, and assumed, by Amy´s message, that it is a concept still to be created, and it will be done collaboratively. I understand that Amy gave some insights as to what such a city would be like, leaving us with "generating" questions (I don´t know if this term is understandable translated into english...). This is what I´ve got about "The city 2.0" proposal.
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        Dec 7 2011: To Tim and Alexander it's very clearly stated in the Conversation description what City 2.0 is.
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          Dec 7 2011: Marketing jibberish Corvida. Come on, what does this mean?:

          “The wish will be unveiled during the TED Prize session on February 29, 2012.”

          Look, those of you that are so swept away by TED mysticism, so ingrained with TED dogma, so overcome by TED community spirit that you refuse to ever question any of the silliness that they employ in directing their legions to carry out their master plans are going to be very disappointed when you discover your high priests are acting out of self interest. Transparency should be demanded. Obfuscation should be called out.

          Of course, shunning the apostates who question their methods is the most likely approach they will take.
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        Dec 7 2011: Tim, I guess, thinking about it, it may be a bit confusing.

        When TED announces the thought of "City 2.0" being a TED prize winner, it made immediate sense to me in that I have watched most all of the TED videos. In seeing TED over the years, one has noticed a mode of operation evolve.

        For example, in the past, the TED staff and attendees may have congregated around a theme, say "oceans", and applied the amorphous ideals of technology, entertainment, and design around oceans. Talks, discussions, solutions from way out of the box have arisen. The ideas are then hedged with a dose of reality. Sometimes TEDx conferences surround that topic. Sometimes an applicant to the TED prize will come up with a solution to a specific problem in the area of oceans, or they may deliver a point of view that was previously not considered.

        Taking this unrestricted, creative-thinking approach and applying to a theme City 2.0 and offering it as the TED prize is intended to not have too many terms. Instead, it is to offer a theme that the TED community (staffers, attendees, and those posting on the community) will congregate around with that same mode of operation.

        The goal is to get ideas starting, open up conversations, identify previously unnoticed issues and to think openly and creatively on how to affect the idea of a city. Several previous TED talks (searchable in the database) would be a good starting point for current ideas and problems with the model of what we know of as a city today.

        The TED wish of a City 2.0 is to then dream about what we can do to upgrade the current city. When you compared it to Web 2.0, you made a fair comparison. We first had to identify what we though was outdated with Web 1.0 and then problem solve and innovate for Web 2.0 (some of which grew organically.)

        Similarly to City 2.0, we are being asked to pioneer new thoughts for the idea of a city, what the problems are, and how we can approach it anew. And are giving $100,000 at the best idea

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