Nominations for the 2015 TED Prize–an award worth $1 million–are open now through March 31, 2014. TED is seeking a visionary “who has not only a great wish, but a track record that suggests they could accomplish it.” While nominations are coming in, TED offered up the question “How would you make a difference with $1 million?” to TED.com fans around the world. Recurring themes around employment, health, parenting, and children came in from respondents, reinforcing the common challenges humanity continues to face. One response in particular from Nicholas Yong Cam-U made us ponder creativity, purpose, and in particular, how this could influence the work around public interest design.
I would invest in designing a watch that measures the quality of time uniquely to each and every user. Why? Because time is the container that holds and dictates all of our efforts, and I believe we have an outdated approach and perception towards it. Earth didn’t come prepackaged with the 9-5 system, so why are we spending our time like it did? If we can accept the simple fact that we function differently at different hours, we can begin organizing in a way that makes sense and is not merely to satisfy the system. If we can design a time system that brings out the best in people, we are laying the foundation for more amazing skills and great minds to grow on.
Click here to read more responses to “What’s Your $1 Million Wish for the World?”, online at Blog.TED.com.