In December, 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.This is the city of the future in which more than ten billion people must somehow live happily, healthfully, and sustainably.
This October 13, 2012, TEDxCity2.0 will be a day when 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 TEDx platform will harness the power of people across the globe to encourage them to host a TEDx event, themed “City 2.0.”
Dave Lim is the organizer of TEDxSingapore, a TEDxCity2.0 event in Singapore. We recently talked to him about the event, his visions for a future Singapore, and City 2.0.
TEDx: How is your event planning going? What has stood out to you so far? What are you most looking forward to?
Since TED.com and the TEDx programme began, we are now living a vast, interconnected planet of ideas, epitomized by the global TEDx communities of millions of passionate and innovative people. We are most looking forward to hearing and sharing ideas across multidisciplinary fields related to the society and cities
TEDx: Why did you decide to host a City 2.0 event? What do you think it offers your community?
A chance for people in Singapore hear ideas and visions for the future that we will create, and to spark off conversations and invent more ideas about this.
TEDx: What does City 2.0 mean to you and your community?
A opportunity to rethink how we think, and consider how we can be more thoughtful people and thinking citizens of the city and world we live in.
TEDx: Are there any speakers in particular that you are excited about?
TED speaker. TED Book author and TED Global guest curator Parag Khanna recently moved to Singapore, and is both co-curating and speaking at TEDxSingapore City2.0. We are looking forward to hearing his idea about “info states” in our interconnected world of ideas and knowledge. He recently wrote an article about Singapore here: http://www.paragkhanna.com/?p=1807