TED Prize 2012: The City 2.0

Apr 18, 2012

Awarded since 2005, the TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED community’s exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and, much more important, “One Wish to Change the World.” After several months of preparation, s/he unveils his/her wish at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. These wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact. – TED.com

In 2012, for the first time ever, the TED Prize was awarded to an idea rather than an individual. The City 2.0 creates a platform to allow citizens anywhere in the world to participate in the creation of their City 2.0. The platform will excite, connect and empower individuals and communities around the world through editorial content (video and text), a shareable project database, tools for local connection, and resources for executing ideas. The result will be an ever-expanding network of citizen-led experiments, with the ability to scale successes and learn lessons from failures.

For phase I of this project, the website enables individuals to identify themselves and encourage them to form cross-disciplinary groups to:

  1. determine the issue they want to tackle (i.e. traffic, lack of trees);
  2. collectively determine a solution;
  3. collaboratively develop an action plan;
  4. work to implement the solution;
  5. share the story of their success or failure with others.

We thought there was no better time to ask Calgarians: what do you see for our City 2.0? What citizen-led experiments do you think our city needs? What issues do we need to tackle? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.

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