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I wish to be inclusive, innovative, healthy, soulful, thriving. But my potential can only be reached through you.
You can forge a new urban outlook. Begin by connecting. Imagine a platform that brings you together, locally and globally. Combine the reach of the cloud with the power of the crowd. Connect leaders, experts, companies, organizations and citizens. Share your tools, data, designs, successes, and ideas. Turn them into action.
Together you can:
Bridge the gap between poor and rich communities.
Spectacularly reduce your carbon footprint.
Make nature part of daily life.
I am the City 2.0. Dream me. Build me. Make me real.
The TED Prize will create a platform to allow citizens anywhere 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, the website (www.thecity2.org) helps individuals identify themselves and encourage them to form cross-disciplinary groups to:
determine the issue they want to tackle (i.e. traffic, lack of trees);
collectively determine a solution;
collaboratively develop an action plan;
work to implement the solution;
share the story of their success or failure with others.
Companies and organizations will be able to offer their tools to site users for use in executing their action plans. Ten micro grants of $10,000, coming out of the $100,000 TED Prize money, will be awarded in July 2012 to ten local projects that have the best hope of spurring the creation of their City 2.0.
As the site continues to grow and the overall platform grows we expect to:
expand the functionality for individuals to connect;
develop and design templates for knowledge sharing between new ideas formulated on the site and preexisting projects;
build out our resource section with new local and global partners;
introduce technology solutions for non-web based communities;
expand our financial incentive program with larger grant offerings for active projects
establish local and/or global gatherings on the City 2.0.
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Local individuals to form groups and begin activating around their city
Editor(s)/researcher(s) to seek out great examples of what is working and tell those stories
Photographers and videographers
Companies and organizations willing to offer empowering resources
Links/connections to local organizations working on cities
Connections to governments and data sets
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How do we turn a set of individual, local projects into the ultimate blueprint for The City 2.0?
What functionality and resources would best enable citizens to get active?
How do we best tell the stories of successful projects?
What is an innovative way to share knowledge to help activate local groups?
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The City 2.0 website is a platform created to surface the myriad stories and collective actions being taken by citizens around the world.
Nominate Your Project
In 2012, TED is granting ten $10,000 awards for local projects likely to spur the creation of the City 2.0. The awards will be conferred monthly between August and December 2012, thus applications must be submitted by the 15th of each month to be considered for that month’s award. All shortlisted projects will be contacted for phone or video interviews.
In addition to the application, each member of the organizing group for your project must share a city story on TheCity2.org.
We encourage you to invite more members of your community to share stories as well.
Projects should be based on creative ideas that can be replicated and spread to other cities.
A group of people, rather than just an individual, will ideally be committed to the project. We encourage cross-disciplinary teams and will favor organizing groups that actively engage local community members in their work.
Unproven concepts with a strong action plan are welcome. Our goal is to help people experiment and think big.
Projects that are already in process are eligible for the award. In fact, evidence of progress already made is a benefit.
All projects, whether successful or not, will need to report back to TED on their progress and findings. Reporting requirements will be provided to winners.
Nominees will be reviewed on their past accomplishments, and awarded the TED Prize based on the strength of their wish and execution plan.
The TED Prize winner will hope to execute a large-scale project that requires a global community, network and more resources than they can access. He/she can come from the fields of culture, arts, technology, entertainment, design, business, science, global issues.
Nominees should demonstrate the following:
A distinguished track record
The ability to articulate a world-changing wish that inspires collaborative action
The vision and charisma to lead and manage others
The ability to budget a $1 million initiative and execute a multi-year project
The willingness to leverage both the TED and the TEDx community to support the wish
What Makes a TED Prize Winner?
TED Prize winners are visionaries.
They are infinitely curious about how the world works and dare to imagine how it might function better. They are bold thinkers, able to concisely articulate a wish for the world with the potential to create tidal waves of change.
TED Prize winners are innovators.
They bring fresh ideas and are poised to utilize new technologies. They champion inventive solutions or are able to reconstitute old ideas in a way that is transformative for a new time.
TED Prize winners are trailblazers.
They are at the cutting-edge of their discipline, and have the determination to build on an existing body of extraordinary work. They love breaking rules, setting new standards, and going where no one has gone before.
TED Prize winners are catalysts.
They bring together the intuition of the artist with the precision of an engineer. They will harness the TED Prize money, as well as the resources of the TED and TEDx communities, in order to make their wish become a reality.
TED Prize winners are inspirers.
They can share their vision in front of a packed room and bring the crowd to its feet.
An outlined budget will be submitted during the application process and developed with the team’s assistance. In order to create momentum, a substantial portion of the wish will be achievable in a one-year period. However, change takes time. Thus, the TED Prize winner will be given up to three years to fully realize their project. In most cases, the $1 million dollars will be paid out on a timeline to match the needs of the project.
TED Prize Timeline for 2014 on…
April 1: TED Prize nominations open
June 1: TED Prize nomination deadline
June 2 – 30: Nomination review period
June 15 – July 15: Finalists identified and additional data collected
July 15 – 30: Finalist phone interview period
September – December: TED Prize winner determined and wish strategy commences
January – February: TED conference planning and wish strategy continues
February: TED Prize wish announced during TED Conference in Long Beach
While working on their project, the TED Prize winner will provide quarterly updates and will attend each TED Conference.
TED Talks Insects and animals have evolved some amazing skills -- but, as Robert Full notes, many animals are actually over-engineered. The trick is to copy only what's necessary. He shows how human engineers can learn from animals' tricks.
TED Talks 'I am a mathematician, and I would like to stand on your roof.' That is how Ron Eglash greeted many African families he met while researching the fractal patterns he’d noticed in villages across the continent.
Sustainable biochar - Rediscovery of a 2.500 year-old Indian practice to convert agricultural waste into a soil enhancer that can hold carbon, boost food security and discourage deforestation.
In 1542, Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana was the first European to discover an advanced Pre-Columbian civilization while exploring the Amazon Basin. Along the Rio Negro, Orellana and his expedition found a network of farms, villages and huge walled cities, indicating there must have been connections with a very productive system of intensive agriculture.
But when we consider that the Amazon Rainforest soil is unsuited to farming and that even modern agriculture techniques have failed to sustainably generate significant food from it, then we might wonder how these indigenous people did manage that. Orellana’s accounts report that the Amazonians used fire to clear their fields.
More recent research has learned that as much as 10% of the Amazon Basin is covered in ‘terra preta’, a type of very dark and fertile anthropogenic soil. And terra preta, literally meaning ‘black earth’ in Portuguese, is rich indeed in charcoal, which is incompletely burnt wood.
Terra preta soils were created by South American Indians starting from 450 BC. One of the remarkable things is that even thousands of years after its creation these man-made soils seem to regenerate itself at the rate of 1 centimeter (0.4 inch) per year. That’s why local farmers in the Brazilian Amazon basin seek this ‘black earth’ for use and for sale as valuable compost.
Terra preta soils show high quantities of nutrients and have a better retention of organic matter and water. And besides these fertility improving qualities, there is another and at present equally important benefit involved. Terra preta’s potential as a tool for carbon sequestration is just phenomenal. Not only can turning unimproved soil into terra preta store away more carbon than growing a tropical forest from schratch on the same area, scientists even estimate that an efficient application of new terra preta schemes could store up more tonnes of carbon a year than is emitted by all today’s fossil-fuel use.
One of the pioneering researchers in this field was the Dutch soil scientist Wim Sombroek. Just before his death in 2003, he assembled specific soil scientists, challenging them to develop what he called ‘terra preta nova’, a new and sustaining equivalent of the ancient biochar enhanced ‘indian black earth’. Biochar is a charcoal-like substance, created by pyrolysis (low-oxygen combustion) of biomass.
Ancient terra preta sites were also found in Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Benin, Liberia, The South African savannas and Roman Britain.
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