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TED Prize 2012 Awarded to The City 2.0

The prize this year is to be awarded to an idea, not a person.

The following is the TED Press Release as received this morning

New York, NY (December 6, 2011) – TED is pleased to announce the winner of the 2012 TED Prize.

For the first time in the history of the prize, it is being awarded not to an individual, but to an idea. It is an idea upon which our planet’s future depends.

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
The wish will be unveiled on February 29, 2012 at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California.  On a Leap Year date, we have a chance, collectively, to take a giant leap forward.

So that is all I know and I did go to the TED web site following that link and found little more. I suppose that once the prize is awarded there will be a line up of people willing to spend it on finding out what City 2.0 is going to look like.

UPDATE Since that was all I knew, or could be bothered to find out at the time, I did not allow comments or ping backs for this post. But Robert B was not to be deterred. He did some research and then sent them to me.

Here is the text of his tweet

I think this is City 2.0 and and

I am just passing this along but with one warning. The second two go to videos: if you command click on all three at once (to open new tabs) confusion will reign.

Written by Stephen Rees

December 6, 2011 at 9:55 am

Posted in Urban Planning

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