This year, for the first time ever, the TED Prize went not to an individual, but to an idea: The City 2.0. Last February, we launched the TheCity2.org to serve as a platform for people all over to world to dream up and build the future of our cities, and in turn, our collective fate.
It turns out that no platform has really “cracked the code” on how to empower everyday people to meaningfully manage urban projects online. We count ourselves among good company—a not so small list of entities and organizations who have tried and failed, some better than others, to catalyze city action online and on land.
Just because our platform fell short, it doesn’t mean people like you–the engaged citizens of global cities–did. In fact, we’ve heard from so many in our wider community and are wowed by the ingenuity and energy you bring to your city projects. You’ve helped us realize that we didn’t fully integrate the wisdom that cities are really about people, and people are really about stories.
As such, today we re-launched a totally redesigned TheCity2.org, focusing on stories of civic transformation. We’re gathering the most powerful narratives from around the world. From these individual stories, a collective story will begin to take shape—one about a planet where ten billion people are learning how to live happily, healthily, and sustainably, together. Please go here to add your voice to the mix.
We’re also still inviting project nominations for the five remaining City2.0 Awards. These $10,000 awards are designed to help people on the ground further urban interventions, like mapping sanitation to make it safer, building DIY community centers, and creating sites of learning and play out of recycled materials. Go here to nominate your promising project.
You’ll also find a wide range of national and international organizations already working on city issues in our resource page. We hope these entitieswill help you feel less alone in your pursuit of a more perfect city; urbanist renegades have been re-imagining cities for years and have plenty of wisdom and tools to share.
Stay tuned as we continue to layer in more and more interconnection and interaction into the site. We want it to be a robust, participatory online hub for “urbaneers,” as our friends at Terreform call them, and welcome your feedback about what you need most from a space like this.
Thank you for everything you do to make your cities more vibrant, communal, and just spaces. We’re grateful to have collaborators who understand the messy nature of change and the eternal promise of re-invention.