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TED City 2.0

I know this is a bit of old news, but last December, TED announced that its annual $100,000 prize–previously awarded to an individual–would now go towards an idea: City 2.0. In June, the award will be divided into 10 $10,000 grants to fund the winning ideas submitted by groups about how to reinvent their cities. The deadline is in a couple weeks (May 15) and when I went to go check out the Philadelphia section of the idea submission website, there is only one measly idea displayed. Yes, the competition is daunting, but there are just so many groups working on great ideas in Philly.

Just this past weekend, I attended the “Tactical Urbanism Salon” at Next American City and heard of many initiatives out doing actions to reinvent our city. Fast Company Design also put out a great article about “4 Tips for Turning a Great Idea into a Full-Blown Movement,”  discussing the TED prize specifically and how to develop an idea to be scalable to other cities.

Also, after reading the  Weekend Edition of “Resilient Communities” newsletter, I can’t seem to get this phrase out of my head:

“networked resilient communities that produce everything they can locally and virtualize the rest will out-compete the existing, centrally mismanaged global economic and social system.”

It is exciting to re-imagine the ways cities could operate to be better prepared for the future, and I sincerely hope there are other groups in Philly planning to submit ideas for the TED prize this year. And if TED continues this way of distribution of the award money next year, I will be ready and waiting to submit an application!

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