Candy Chang creates art that prompts people to think about their secrets, wishes and hopes — and then share them. She is a TED Senior Fellow.

Why you should listen

Candy Chang is an artist, designer, and urban planner who explores making cities more comfortable and contemplative places. She believes in the potential of introspection and collective wisdom in public space to improve our communities and help us lead better lives.

Recent projects include Before I Die, where she transformed an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans into an interactive wall for people to share their hopes and dreams -- a project The Atlantic called “one of the most creative community projects ever.” Other projects include I Wish This Was, a street art project that invites people to voice what they want in vacant storefronts, and Neighborland, an online tool that helps people self-organize and shape the development of their communities. She is a TED Senior Fellow, an Urban Innovation Fellow, and was named a “Live Your Best Life” Local Hero by Oprah magazine. By combining street art with urban planning and social activism, she has been recognized as a leader in developing new strategies for the design of our cities. She is co-founder of Civic Center, an art and design studio in New Orleans. See more at candychang.com.

Coming up: Before I Die ... the book!

Candy Chang’s TED talks

Candy Chang on the TED Blog

Quotes from Candy Chang

[A community chalkboard is] about knowing you're not alone. It's about understanding our neighbors in new and enlightening ways.
Candy Chang
TEDGlobal 2012 • 3.4M views Nov 2012
Inspiring, Beautiful
We don't bump into every neighbor, so a lot of wisdom never gets passed on.
Candy Chang
TEDGlobal 2012 • 3.4M views Nov 2012
Inspiring, Beautiful
Preparing for death is one of the most empowering things you can do. Thinking about death clarifies your life.
Candy Chang
TEDGlobal 2012 • 3.4M views Nov 2012
Inspiring, Beautiful