The City 2.0 website is a platform created to surface the myriad stories and collective actions being taken by citizens around the world. We draw on the best of what is already being discovered by urban advocates and add grassroots movers and shakers into the mix. What's emerging is a complex picture of the future city--a place more playful, more safe, more beautiful, and more healthy for everyone.
The TED Prize gives a visionary leader the chance to dream bigger, granting one bold wish for the world. Since its launch in 2005, the TED Prize has been awarded to 17 individuals with bold ideas for change--from rocker activist Bono to ocean explorer Sylvia Earle to, most recently, street artist JR. The winner and the wish are unveiled annually at the TED Conference. For the City 2.0, TED is conferring ten $10,000 awards to innovative ideas about urban transformation over the course of 2012.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then, its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences--the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh, Scotland each summer--TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project, TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows, TEDx, and the TED Prize itself.
TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. At TEDx events, a screening of TEDTalks videos--or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos--sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.
In the tradition of our TEDxYouthDay, TEDxChange, and TEDxWomen initiatives, came TEDxCity2.0: A day of urban inspiration. 28 TEDx communities around the world participated in TEDxCity2.0 day on October 13, 2012. On September 20, 2013, TEDCity2.0 commences at the TimesCenter in New York City from 9am-5pm EST. Co-curated and co-hosted by Chris Anderson, John Cary, and Courtney Martin, the event surfaces stories of urban ingenuity and interdependence from across the globe, and features an unexpected mix of over 20 speakers, including several 2012 City 2.0 Award winners. Live-streamed for free, the TEDCity2.0 anchor event will coincide with self organized TEDxCity2.0 events over a 48-hour period. TEDx communities worldwide will envision the cities of our future and share big ideas about collaborative action and sustainable solutions.
"City2.0" is a registered trademark of Warren Schultheis, who has kindly granted TED the use of the City2.0 name and mark. City2.0, based in Santa Barbara, Calif., uses citizen-based journalism to help shape a city's future.
The original City 2.0 graphic identity and website were designed by Razorfish.
The new City 2.0 website was designed by Seso.