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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 18 2011: To network with projects like this:

    Ariel’s Wood will an offering to those who seek a place for contemplative retreat and a gathering place for those who wish to enrich human experience through a cultivation of common ground in the Arts and Sciences.

    The aim of Ariel’s Wood is to establish a place that is open for people who wish for silent retreat as well as explore creative pursuits in art and science. Ariel’s Wood will be both a playground and nesting place for ideas and experiences that help us connect to one another and seek our deepest human potentials.

    The worlds of Art and Science are opposite sides of the same coin, bound together by the passion for discovery that lights the passage of ages. Ariel’s Wood hopes to create an open exchange of ideas that trace their currency to our most precious ancient cultural traditions as well as look forward to our most innovative humanistic discoveries. Art programs would include coffeehouse series in an intimate and small venue (capacity circa 100), theatrical performances, studio recording & workshops, artist-in-residence opportunities, book and film series, art installations within the main performance hall, music instruction, sacred dance & yoga classes, and workshops in handicraft and folk art. Science programs would include film and lecture series, photographic exhibits, ecology walks, conservation studies, and gardening. The cumulative intent would have Ariel’s Wood network with any and all groups, locally and globally, who are aspirants in the work and play of a ‘verifiable spiritual ecology’ that serves Great Nature. We will assist in sponsoring people and projects in America and around the world who see the need to ‘pay forward’ and create a more habitable and dynamically evolving world. Within the sphere of Ariel’s Wood, the phrase “work in progress,” will become an honorable striving…its work to preserve the idea of life as continuous education and thus fill a need for those who are thirsty seekers

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