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Chris Anderson

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How will you take part in JR's TED Prize wish?

First, if you haven't seen it yet, watch the amazing TED Prize speech given by French street artist JR. He's initiating a spectacular global art project that anyone can participate in. But how? This is up to the creative imagination of people around the world.
- Is there an amazing "invisible person" you know of, whose portrait should be shared with the world?
- Is there a tough issue you'd like to stand up for in public with your own portrait?
- Can you imagine energizing a local community around either of these?
- Can you imagine finding a spectacular local site to post giant portraits?
- Other thoughts? (You may spark something for someone else!)

Topics: TED Prize art

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    Mar 12 2011: I am working with a non-profit foundation called the High Fives Foundation (www.highfivesfoundation.org/about.html) in Truckee, California. High Fives is dedicated to helping athletes who experienced a life-altering injury while participating in winter action sports get back to sports and life. The majority of these athletes have spinal cord injuries.

    Roy Tuscany, the president and co-founder of the foundation, is so taken with JR's wish that he is working with a professional photographer to capture great, artsy images of their athletes.

    The vision is to, at first, place giant posters on the buildings throughout "downtown" Truckee to inspire the full-time residents and the multitude of transient visitors who come to this sporting paradise near Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe - as well as increase awareness about spinal cord and other traumatic injuries and the possibilities that exist afterward.

    There aren't many places in the world as beautiful, quirky and widely visited as the Truckee and Tahoe communities. Downtown Truckee is a collection of terrific old buildings that are reflective of the town's origins. The High Fives Foundation has tremendous support from the people of Truckee. This community works throughout the year on unique events for High Fives, including the recent Squaw Valley Prom.

    A project like this could easily spread - using the same photos - to other ski communities in the U.S. and throughout the world.

    The energy and inspiration JR provided to me and, in turn, this group is incredible! Good things will happen.

    P.S. on 3/15/2011. Highs Fives may approach the Tahoe ski resorts to place the posters on the bottom of the trams so the skiers below can see them.

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