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Announcing the 2012 TED Prize Winner – The City 2.0
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.
So here is a first crowd sourcing-campaign to allow for the project to move on.
Preject work about to be completed. Understanding of local context, developed project+ project proposal+funding strategy+local and global partners.
Full commitment from core-group, developed web-platform and initial funding.
Current partners of the project
- Art of Hosting, Greece
- Innovation Zone Athens, Greece
- Atenistas, Greece
- TedX, Greece
- Submarine, Greece
- Kaospilots, Denmark
- Social Lab, Denmark
All of the above mentioned are committed to offer time, expertize and platforms. But we need funding to manage and lead the project.
What we need and what you get
We need funding in order to fund and lead and co-develop the project with local and global partners and to secure bigger funding.
The main objective with the 4000 $ is to sustain us(One in denmark, one in Greece) working half-time on the project for two month and to cover for transport-cost so that I can fly back to Athens to facilitate and lead the stakeholders down there.
The money will result in:
- Complete and developed project proposal that can serve as base for larger funding campaign
- A build up web-platform in cooperation with social-lab ready for ideas!!
- An additional of 4 inspiration movies from Greece
- A mini-documentary covering the Greece from a bright side
- Activated collaborations leading to event and bigger commitment from stakeholders
Additionally we hope to be able to return to Greece in July to shoot even more inspirational stories together with Submarine magazine.
Good winds from Aarhus Harbor
The other day I watched an old Norwegian movie called Sophie´s World. In it, without my knowledge, was a scene from the trials of Socrates in Greece where he got sentenced to death for criticizing things to the left, and to the right.
The scene got me thinking, will the same thing happen again? Will society exclude and eventually “kill” the “leaders” that I so warmly spoke about in a recent article only to understand afterwards that, maybe they where right?!
Immediately I though of some of the people that I´ve met down here, who are dedicating their life´s into trying to create new value in turbulent times. They are to, the victims of heavy criticism.
Why is human kind so resistant to change?
I wonder… what is it that we have in our societies right now that we absolutely would like to take with us tomorrow? And what new shall we bring?
Have a look until 6 min… maybe addon a minute to hear what Platon has to say..
I wonder if the Greek poet Angelos Sikelianos was right. Maybe what the old thinkers Plato and Socrates though of are the keys to the insights that can restore our world to balance.
Just like the philosophy behind ideasforgreece, we do not necessarily need to reinvent the wheel. Maybe all the ideas we need for a well-functioning world is there. We just need to scan for the best, put them together, and implement them!
In May 1927, with the support of his wife, Sikelianos held the Delphic Festival as part of his general effort towards the revival of the “Delphic Idea”. Sikelianos believed that the principles which had shaped the classic civilisation, if reexamined, could offer spiritual independence and serve as a means of communication among people. The event consisted of Olympic contests, a concert of Byzantine music, an exhibition of folk art as well as a performance of Prometheus Bound. It became very successful and despite lack of state assistance, it was repeated the following year.
It seems that we already have a proof of concept for the ideasforgreece event…
Good winds from Greece
Ancient Greece, together with its philosophers, created ideas from which we have build our western society upon the last 2500 years.
But somewhere along the way we have side-tracked.
Right now our western society is struggling and the faith for
political forces to solve the current challenges are limited.
There is a need for new models of how to empower citizens to support decisions-makers and replace “quick-fixes” with
sustainable change that can bring Europe into the future.
In 2012, the epic ruins of Acropolis will become the
epicenter for a action-oriented innovation event
addressing the most pressing challenges in Greece that inspire global change.
In the very cradle of the old ideas, new will be borne!