In 2012, TED is granting ten awards of $10,000 to fund local projects likely to spur the creation of the City 2.0. They are looking for the brightest minds and biggest hearts working at the grassroots to make cities more sustainable, equitable, and beautiful.
The City 2.0, is a kind of global Wikipedia connecting citizens, political leaders, urban experts, companies, and organizations, with the goal of improving the 21st century city using up-to-the-minute crowdsourcing techniques. The ambitious goal is to create a clearinghouse for tools and methodologies and best practices to reshape cities around the world.
“This has been designed as a big collaborative process – not us deciding who’s in and who’s out,” said TED curator Chris Anderson, who described the new platform, at this website, as a “big open tent” to collect and share successes, resources, and insights.*
The TED Prize has for the last five years been awarded to individuals, ranging from Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson to create the Encylopedia of Life to the street artist JR and his initiative to encourage portraits of people plastered on walls and buildings. This year marks the first time the prize has gone to a broader concept.
Please check it out, it’s very inspirational! http://www.thecity2.org/