TEDxDUMBO: City 2.0

TEDxDUMBO is taking part in a global conversation about the future of our cities next month! TEDxDUMBO is one of 60 TEDxCity2.0 local initiatives worldwide, all creating events centered on urban inspiration, all taking place on the same day: Saturday, October 13th.

TEDx was born from TED, the nonprofit organization devoted to hosting an annual conference on “Ideas Worth Spreading,” featuring speakers from Bill Gates and Al Gore to Sir Richard Branson and Philippe Starck. But TEDx focuses on a more local level, with the “x” denoting that it is an independently organized event.

“I’ve seen first-hand how proactive, engaged and innovative this community is. The ethos of DUMBO aligns perfectly with TEDx,” said organizer/curator and proud 139 Plymouth resident Benji Holzman. “TEDx is much more than a venue to trumpet one’s own ideas and successes — it is designed first and foremost to be a springboard to inspire others to action. DUMBO is a fortunate area in a fortunate part of the world, which is partly why it has been able to foster such amazing projects and organizations. DUMBO can’t afford to not share its secrets, best practices, and ingenuity with the global TED community and the world at large.”

TEDxDUMBO will take place in the Galapagos Art Space and will showcase New York-based speakers including artists, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, scientists, journalists, and theorists who will speak on issues as diverse as greening urban space, participatory art, online dating, intercultural coexistence, urban power structures, and socially responsible design. The speakers include: Graham Hill, Benjamin Barber, Brian Schechter, Hilary Mason, Dong-Ping Wong, Matt Green, Panthea Lee, Greg Lindsay, Liz McEnaney, Caroline Woolard, Liz Nord and Marcos Zotes.

The event is free, but to ensure the most engaging and diverse audience, TEDxDUMBO is asking people to submit applications. Tell them why you’re dying to attend the event, how “the future of the city” relates to what you do, and why you love DUMBO. Apply by October 3rd.

TEDxDumbo will also be seeking Action Pitches, asking members of the community to submit ideas on a project that could improve our city, focusing on the themes of the 2012 TED Prize: the City 2.0 — education, housing, art, public space, food, transportation, play, safety and health. TEDxDumbo will select three projects to be presented at the event.


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