TED’s mission of “Ideas Worth Spreading” now reaches far beyond the yearly conferences, encompassing a variety of projects and initiatives that leverage the power of ideas to change the world.
The TED Prize is entering a new chapter. The amount awarded is now $1 million — granted to an inspiring wish proposed by an extraordinary individual. The award offers support to build a project’s core infrastructure quickly — so that others in the TED community can add their own collaborative action. Imagine an inspiring, high impact project you’ve dreamed of or heard of. Our winner will have an ambitious wish — and the vision, pragmatism and leadership to turn it into reality. Nomination happens two ways: Nominate yourself and make your wish. Or nominate someone else, and we’ll ask them for their wish. The TED Prize committee will review all nominations and select the winner.
The Wish: In 2012, for the first time ever, the TED Prize went not to an individual, but to an idea on which our planet’s future depends: the City 2.0. For the City 2.0, TED is conferring ten $10,000 awards to innovative ideas about urban transformation over the course of 2012.
The Support: In the tradition of events like TEDxYouthDay, TEDxChange, and TEDxWomen, comes TEDxCity2.0: A day of urban inspiration. On Saturday, October 13, 2012, TEDx communities around the world will host an event to share the powerful narratives of urban innovators and organizers, stewards and artists, builders and tastemakers. The City 2.0 website will help surface the myriad stories and collective actions being taken by citizens around the world.
We still need: Partner organizations for City 2.0 events around the world.
The Wish: Artist JR wishes for the world to stand up for what it cares about by participating in a global art project to turn the world INSIDE OUT.
The Support: InsideOutProject.net hopes to transform messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to share the world’s untold stories. These images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. These exhibitions will then be documented, archived and viewable virtually.
We still need: Partner organizations to help with project outreach in hard to reach areas, public exhibition space, creative content distribution, media space, funding and coordination of the travelling JR photobooth exhibit.
The Wish: Chef Jamie Oliver wished for a sustainable movement that would educate children about food and inspire families to cook again in order to fight obesity.
The Support: Planning has begun to create an organization that will coordinate a network of community kitchens, launch a travelling food theater for kids and push forward a grassroots movement to challenge America’s junk food culture.
We still need: Office space, a fleet of theater trucks, corporate partners, and experts to create teaching materials, an official website and a food line that would create income for the movement.
Skip 30 Rock tonight and tune in to this Webcast to watch one world-changing dream from each of 2009's TED Prize winners ... Because you won't be watching acceptance speeches. You'll be watching the future. Live.