In 2012, The City2.0 was the first idea to be awarded a TED Prize. The City2.0’s aim was to become “an ever-expanding network of citizen-led, scalable experiments” where individuals and communities around the world would engage through “editorial content, a shareable project database, tools for local engagement, and resources for executing ideas.” Nearly two years later, TEDCity2.org relaunched to meet it’s mission more succinctly. Designed by Kiss Me I’m Polish, the revamped site contains new talks on housing, education, and food; videos on 10 local projects that received funding; and resources for those hoping to spark change in their own cities. To help get you started, the TED Blog has identified 8 fantastic talks on the future of cities that missed the TED.com circuit.
In 2012, for the first time in history the TED Prize went not to a person, but to an idea on which our future depends: The City 2.0. We’ve examined the intersection of ingenuity and urbanity in TED talks, gatherings around the globe, micro-philanthropy and even collaborative action.