The folks at TED have just announced the winner of their annual TED Prize, which comes with $100,000 and the resources to support the winner's "one wish to change the world." This year's winner is.... everybody (kind of). It's the first time the prize has not gone to a specific individual, but to a concept that TED wants to explore: 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.
So the idea is... lots of us can "win" this prize by helping to craft that one wish to change the world.
I imagine lots of you Maddowblog regulars might have some wishes for the city of the future. Mine involves better, cleaner, more frequent public transportation. Also, pneumatic tubes, just cuz they're cool.
What are your wishes?