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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 15 2011: Part #1-It is a mirror city. A virtual city that is inherently connected to the real world. It has a government, school system, library, community center, medical system (e.g. hospital, medical offices, labs etc.) banking system, police department, emergency response team. Each segment of the population will be represented.

    Citizens will have to register and will be organized into neighborhoods of strengths and passions. (www.strengthfinders.com). Each neighborhood will be presented with a real time situation, some great and some small. The citizens of the neighborhood will be given an open forum with a time period and a basic platform to build off of. They must within the required time frame come up with a collaborative solution. Neighborhoods with complementary strengths will be given the opportunity to weigh in on the plan.

    Real world cities and governments will be given the opportunity to register and view the collective solutions and weigh in on the discussion with actual information that could present obstacles, challenges and flaws in the plan etc. No one person in the community will be given the opportunity to complete a real time situation alone.

    Opinions will be kept to a minimum and ideas and solutions will be the agenda. Ten people standing around discussing what they “think” will not save a persons life. Arguments about ideas, positions etc will be classified as “weeds” and will require virtual landscapers, which will patrol the neighborhoods, to quickly extinguish and remove them.

    TED citizens will be able to have a full access library (the web) designed for learning and education, complete with real life tutors and instructors (other citizens). The University system will be on a global level and able to teach degree programs where you learn subject matter for FREE and then take test ( proctored ) to get your degree. TED talks will be a series of lecture halls. Students can earn Certificates of Knowledge on any subject they want.

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