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February 13, 2014

What’s Your $1 Million Wish for the World?


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 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 Because time is the container that holds and dictates all of our efforts, and I believe we have an outdated approach and perception towards it.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

April 24, 2013

NEA Impact Design Webinar at 2pm ET Today


The first in a series of three webinars from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is taking place today, Wednesday, April 24, at 2pm EST. The title and focus of the webinar is “Creating a Culture of Storytelling & Evaluation.”

Hosted by our own John Cary, the webinar will feature storytelling and evaluation experts Courtney E. Martin, co-founder of the Solution Journalism Network, and Jamia Wilson, Chief Storyteller of the new $1,000,000 TED Prize.

Click here to register for “Creating a Culture of Storytelling & Evaluation.” All webinars are archived and available for viewing shortly after the live presentation.

April 15, 2013

2014 TED Prize Call for Nominations


Nominations for the 2014 TED Prize are officially open between now and June 1, 2013. The $1,000,000 prize is “awarded to an extraordinary individual with a creative and bold vision to spark global change. By leveraging the TED community’s resources and investing $1,000,000 into a powerful idea, the TED Prize supports one wish to inspire the world.”

Nominate an individual–or yourself–to envision and execute a high-impact project that can spur global change. Our TED Prize winner will have an ambitious wish–and the vision, pragmatism and leadership to turn it into reality.

Click here to learn more about or nominate someone for the 2014 TED Prize, online at Caption: Graphic timeline (and larger infographic, here) designed by our partner, Megan Jett.

August 13, 2012

Reminder: $10,000 City 2.0 Award Apps Due 8/15

This Wednesday, August 15, marks the next deadline to apply for the $10,000 City 2.0 Award. The awards are part of this year’s TED Prize, focused on the future of cities. TED is granting ten $10,000 awards for local projects likely to spur the creation of the City 2.0.

Projects should be based on creative ideas that can be replicated and spread to other cities. A group of people, rather than just an individual, will ideally be committed to the project. We encourage cross-disciplinary teams and will favor organizing groups that actively engage local community members in their work. Unproven concepts with a strong action plan are welcome. Our goal is to help people experiment and think big.

Click here for more information on the City 2.0 Awards, online at

June 27, 2012

2012 TED Prize, “The City 2.0,” Relaunched

TED–the nonprofit focused on “ideas worth spreading”–today announced the relaunch of The City 2.0, the subject of this year’s TED Prize, along with its corresponding website, Intended to be a platform for citizen-powered change, the theme of the new website is “Stories that inspire. Projects that transform.”‘s own John Cary and his partner, Courtney E. Martin, have led the effort to reposition the City 2.0, working side by side with TED’s Lara Stein. The team partnered with Seso, a Los Angeles-based creative agency, who designed and developed website.

The City 2.0 website is a platform created to surface the myriad stories and collective actions being taken by citizens around the world. We draw on the best of what is already being discovered by urban advocates and add grassroots movers and shakers into the mix. What’s emerging is a complex picture of the future city–a place more playful, more safe, more beautiful, and more healthy for everyone.

Click here to visit and learn more about this year’s TED Prize.

April 12, 2012

$100,000 to be awarded via TED’s City 2.0

TED has issued a call for proposals in conjunction with its 2012 TED Prize, the City 2.0. Between now and May 15, groups can apply for mini-grants of $10,000, of which ten will be awarded, to support local projects in line with the values of the City 2.0–inclusive, innovative, healthy, thriving, soulful. Selected projects will be announced in late-June at the annual TEDGlobal conference. Among other notes, TED emphasizes that “Unproven concepts with a strong action plan are welcome.”

This one-time grants program from TED constitutes a fraction of the funding being mobilized through ArtPlace, profiled here previously, and the National Endowment for the ArtsOur Town program, profiled here previously. But what it lacks in deep pockets, the global reach of TED may be even more significant.

Click here to apply for the City 2.0 grants.

December 28, 2011

“Top 10 Design Initiatives to Watch in 2012″

Last week’s Top 10 Design Milestones of 2011, published at Archinect, highlighted advances in design for the public good by profiling leading organizations from and Mass Design Group to individuals like Jeanne Gang and Michael Kimmelman. As we round out this year and usher in the next, it feels important to also look towards the future–though, of course, looking back is always easier than looking forward.

Initiatives profiled among the Top 10 of 2012 include: the TED Prize (being conferred on “The City 2.0″), Design for America, Bryan Bell’s Public Interest Design Institute training program, The 1% program of Public Architecture, Version 2.0 of NCARB’s Intern Development Program, Design Like You Give a Damn 2, Studio-H (the documentary), Archiculture (the film), “Spontaneous Interventions” at the Venice Biennale, and Public Policy Lab, as well as Worldchanging and Next America City as bonuses.

Click here to read the “Top 10 Design Initiatives to Watch in 2012″ on Archinect.

December 7, 2011

2012 TED Prize Winner: “The City 2.0″

For the first time in its history of the prestigious TED Prize (conferred on public interest design leader Cameron Sinclair of Architecture for Humanity in 2006), “The City 2.0“–an idea, not an individual–has been selected as the recipient. 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. Individuals or organizations who wish to contribute their ideas to a TED Prize wish on behalf of The City 2.0 may email The wish will be unveiled on February 29, 2012, at the TED Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

The City 2.0 is the city of the future…a future in which more than 10 billion people on planet Earth must somehow live sustainably, together. 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 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.

Click here for more information on the 2012 TED Prize.

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