TED Prize 2012: City 2.0


The 2012 TED Prize, or “one wish to change the world,” is a grant of $100,000 that is awarded to an “extraordinary individual” every year.  This year the award went to an idea, not a person.  This is how it’s described on the site:

The 2012 TED Prize is awarded to….the City 2.0.


The City 2.0 is the city of the future… a future in which more than ten billion people on planet Earth must somehow live sustainably.


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, facilitates smaller families, 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.


The TED Prize grants its winner $100,000 and “one wish to change the world.”   How will this prize be accepted on behalf of the City 2.0? Through visionary individuals around the world who are advocating on its behalf.


We are listening to them and giving them the opportunity to collectively craft a wish. 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.  (Individuals or organizations who wish to contribute their ideas to a TED Prize wish on behalf of The City 2.0 should write to”


So it seems that City 2.0 is something that affects all of us and we all have the opportunity to submit material or participate. TED will reveal the collaborative wish on February 12, 2012.  It should be incredible.

We’re all connected on this planet, and if we use our interconnectedness with our global neighbors to collaborate and problem-solve, to enhance this world we share, who knows what we can achieve.  The potential is endless!


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