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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 19 2011: My wish is that the TED Prize promote the message of community. You are a member of a community, realize it, embrace it, and act like it. I would like for the prize to educate the members of the City 1.0 on how their decisions, actions, and involvement (or lack thereof), affect their city.

    If members of a community truly believe, "We're all in this together", the natural progression is one that is sustainable ecologically, financially, and socially.

    Without going into the details in this post, I feel we already have the knowledge and technology to move in this direction, but lack the will at a scale that makes it happen.

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