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2013 SUGATA MITRA: SCHOOL IN THE CLOUD
"My wish is to help design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together. Help me build the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can embark on intellectual adventures by engaging and connecting with information and mentoring online. I also invite you, wherever you are, to create your own miniature child-driven learning environments and share your discoveries.”
Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other -- using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Hear his inspiring vision for Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE), and learn more at tedprize.org.
2012 CITY 2.0: CITY 2.0
“I am the crucible of the future.
You can forge a new urban outlook. Begin by connecting. Imagine a platform that brings you together, locally and globally. Combine the reach of the cloud with the power of the crowd. Connect leaders, experts, companies, organizations and citizens. Share your tools, data, designs, successes, and ideas. Turn them into action.
Together you can:
I AM THE CITY 2.0
MAKE ME REAL.
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.
2011 JR: INSIDE OUT
"I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we'll turn the world...INSIDE OUT."
JR, a semi-anonymous French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. At TED2011, he makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. Learn more about his work and learn how you can join in at insideoutproject.net.
With a camera, a dedicated wheatpasting crew and the help of whole villages and favelas, 2011 TED Prize winner JR shows the world its true face.
2010 JAMIE OLIVER: FOOD REVOLUTION
“I wish for your help to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”
Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.
Jamie Oliver is transforming the way we feed ourselves, and our children.
2009 SYLVIA EARLE: MISSION BLUE
“I wish you would use all means at your disposal — films! expeditions! the web! new submarines! — to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet.”
Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean -- and shocking stats about its rapid decline -- as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.
Sylvia Earle has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades. She's led more than 50 undersea expeditions, and she's been an equally tireless advocate for our oceans and the creatures who live in them.
WATER ELEMENTAL MASTER ARCHETYPE
2009 JILL TARTER: SETILIVE
“I wish that you would empower Earthlings everywhere to become active participants in the ultimate search for cosmic company.”
The SETI Institute's Jill Tarter makes her TED Prize wish: to accelerate our search for cosmic company. Using a growing array of radio telescopes, she and her team listen for patterns that may be a sign of intelligence elsewhere in the universe.
SETI's Jill Tarter has devoted her career to hunting for signs of sentient beings elsewhere, and almost all aspects of this field have been affected by her work.
THE NEXT LEVEL
2009 JOSÉ ANTONIO ABREU: SISTEMA FELLOWS PROGRAM
“I wish you would help create and document a special training program for at least 50 gifted young musicians, passionate for their art and for social justice, and dedicated to developing El Sistema in the US and in other countries.”
Jose Antonio Abreu is the charismatic founder of a youth orchestra system that has transformed thousands of kids' lives in Venezuela. Here he shares his amazing story and unveils a TED Prize wish that could have a big impact in the US and beyond.
Jose Antonio Abreu founded El Sistema ("the system") in 1975 to help poor Venezuelan kids learn to play a musical instrument and be part of an orchestra. 30 years on, El Sistema has seeded 102 youth orchestras -- and many happy lives.
2008 DAVE EGGERS: ONCE UPON A SCHOOL
“I wish that you — you personally and every creative individual and organization you know — will find a way to directly engage with a public school in your area, and that you’ll then tell the story of how you got involved, so that within a year we have 1,000 examples of innovative public-private partnerships.”
Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, author Dave Eggers asks the TED community to personally, creatively engage with local public schools. With spellbinding eagerness, he talks about how his 826 Valencia tutoring center inspired others around the world to open
Writing is only his day job: Dave Eggers moonlights as a publisher, philanthropist and advocate for students and teachers.
2008 KAREN ARMSTRONG: CHARTER FOR COMPASSION
“I wish that you would help with the creation, launch and propagation of a Charter for Compassion, crafted by a group of leading inspirational thinkers from the three Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and based on the fundamental principles of universal justice and respect.”
People want to be religious, says scholar Karen Armstrong; we should help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help build a Charter for Compassion -- to restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine.
Karen Armstrong is a provocative, original thinker on the role of religion in the modern world.
2008 NEIL TUROK: AIMS: NEXT EINSTEIN INITIATIVE
“My wish is that you help us unlock and nurture scientific talent across Africa, so that within our lifetimes we are celebrating an African Einstein.”
Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, physicist Neil Turok speaks out for talented young Africans starved of opportunity: by unlocking and nurturing the continent's creative potential, we can create a change in Africa's future.
Neil Turok is working on a model of the universe that explains the big bang -- while, closer to home, he's founded a network of math and science academies across Africa.
2007 BILL CLINTON: CLINTON HEALTH ACCESS INITIATIVE: RWANDA
"I wish you to help create a better future for Rwanda by assisting my foundation, in partnership with the Rwandan Government, to build a sustainable, high quality rural health system for the whole country."
Accepting the 2007 TED Prize, Bill Clinton asks for help in bringing health care to Rwanda -- and the rest of the world.
Through his William J. Clinton Foundation, former US President Bill Clinton has become a vital and innovative force for world change. He works in four critical areas: health, economic empowerment, citizen service, and reconciliation.
2007 E.O. WILSON: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIFE (EOL)
"I wish that we will work together to help create the key tool that we need to inspire preservation of Earth’s biodiversity: the Encyclopedia of Life."
As E.O. Wilson accepts his 2007 TED Prize, he makes a plea on behalf of all creatures that we learn more about our biosphere -- and build a networked encyclopedia of all the world's knowledge about life.
Biologist E.O. Wilson explores the world of ants and other tiny creatures, and writes movingly about the way all creatures great and small are interdependent.
2007 JAMES NACHTWEY: XDR-TB.ORG
"I’m working on a story that the world needs to know about. I wish for you to help me break it in a way that provides spectacular proof of the power of news photography in the digital age."
Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, war photographer James Nachtwey shows his life’s work and asks TED to help him continue telling the story with innovative, exciting uses of news photography in the digital era.
Photojournalist James Nachtwey is considered by many to be the greatest war photographer of recent decades. He has covered conflicts and major social issues in more than 30 countries.
2006 LARRY BRILLIANT: INSTEDD
"I wish that you would help build a global system to detect each new disease or disaster as quickly as it emerges or occurs.”
Accepting the 2006 TED Prize, Dr. Larry Brilliant talks about how smallpox was eradicated from the planet, and calls for a new global system that can identify and contain pandemics before they spread.
2006 TED Prize winner Dr. Larry Brilliant has spent his career solving the ills of today -- from overseeing the last smallpox cases to saving millions from blindness -- and building technologies of the future. Now, as President and CEO of the Skoll Global Threats Fund , he's redefining how we solve the world's biggest problems.
2006 JEHANE NOUJAIM: PANGEA DAY
"I wish to bring the world together for one day a year through the power of film.”
Jehane Noujaim unveils her 2006 TED Prize wish: to bring the world together for one day a year through the power of film.
2006 TED Prize winner Jehane Noujaim is the gutsy filmmaker responsible for Control Room, an astonishing documentary about Al Jazeera's coverage of the Iraq war and the contrasting notions of truth expressed in the US media.
2006 CAMERON SINCLAIR: OPEN ARCHITECTURE NETWORK
"I wish to create a community that actively embraces open-source design to generate innovative and sustainable living standards for all."
Accepting his 2006 TED Prize, Cameron Sinclair demonstrates how passionate designers and architects can respond to world housing crises. He unveils his TED Prize wish for a network to improve global living standards through collaborative design.
2006 TED Prize winner Cameron Sinclair is co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit that seeks architecture solutions to global crises -- and acts as a conduit between the design community and the world's humanitarian needs.
2005 BONO ONE.ORG
"I wish for you to help build a social movement of more than 1 MILLION American activists for Africa.
"I wish to tell people ONE BILLION times about ONE, with as much of this as possible before the G8 Africa Summit in July 2005.
"I wish for you to show the power of information — its power to rewrite the rules and to transform lives — by connecting every hospital, health clinic, and school in one African country, Ethiopia, to the Internet."
Musician and activist Bono accepts the 2005 TED Prize with a riveting talk, arguing that aid to Africa isn't just another celebrity cause; it's a global emergency.
Bono, the lead singer of U2, uses his celebrity to fight for social justice worldwide: to end hunger, poverty and disease, especially in Africa. His nonprofit ONE raises awareness via media, policy and calls to action.
2005 EDWARD BURTYNSKY: THE GREENS
"I wish my artwork could persuade millions of people to join a global conversation about sustainability.
I wish we could launch a ground-breaking competition that motivates kids to invent new ideas in sustainable living.
I wish I could create an IMAX film that would make my work accessible to a broader audience."
Accepting his 2005 TED Prize, photographer Edward Burtynsky makes a wish: that his images -- stunning landscapes that document humanity's impact on the world -- help persuade millions to join a global conversation on sustainability.
2005 TED Prize winner Edward Burtynsky has made it his life's work to document humanity's impact on the planet. His riveting photographs, as beautiful as they are horrifying, capture views of the Earth altered by mankind.
2005 ROBERT FISCHELL: PORTABLE TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATOR (TMS)
"Help me discover new cures for brain disorders utilizing a responsive neurostimulator computer device implanted into the cranial bone connected by wires to electrodes in the brain."
"Create the final design for a portable Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS) that can erase a migraine headache without drugs."
"Create a Brain Trust to rethink our approach to medical liability."
Accepting his 2005 TED Prize, inventor Robert Fischell makes three wishes: redesigning a portable device that treats migraines, finding new cures for clinical depression and reforming the medical malpractice system.
Robert Fischell invented the rechargeable pacemaker, the implantable insulin pump, and devices that warn of epileptic seizures and heart attacks. Yet it's not just his inventive genius that makes him fascinating, but his determination to make the world a better place.
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MARVIN THE MARTIAN: ILLUDIUM Q-36 EXPLOSIVE SPACE MODULATOR
"I WISH TO BLOW UP THE EARTH. IT OBSTRUCTS MY VIEW OF VENUS"
Marvin the Martian: Hmm, yes. Very curious. Very interesting. I do so enjoy observing the flora and fauna of that tiny planet. I think Man is the most interesting insect on earth, don’t you?
Marvin puts down his notebook and adjusts the telescope.
Marvin the Martian: There is a growing tendency to think of man as a rational thinking being, which is absurd. There is simply no evidence of any intelligence on the earth.
We can see the telescope pan across the southern coast of the United States and focus on Florida.
Marvin the Martian: Mmmhmm. Wait. Oh goodie! Some kind of activity down there….
Marvin adjusts the telescope
Marvin the Martian: Could it be?
Marvin’s visor falls over his eyes and he adjusts it
Marvin the Martian: It is! It is! Oh peachy!
Through the telescope we see the gantry move away from a rocket and the rocket take off from earth
Marvin the Martian: A new form of primitive life. And look! Its leaving its nest.
The rocket reaches open space.
Marvin the Martian (clapping): I’ve never witnessed a fledgeling leaving its nest before.
The rocket is now coming straight towards Marvin.
Marvin the Martian: What beautiful markings.
The rocket grows larger and larger.
Marvin the Martian: A most unusual spec-
The rocket hits the telescope with a big explosion. Marvin is disheveled and bruised but not significantly injured. The telescope is destroyed.
Marvin the Martian: I’m not angry, just terribly, terribly hurt
The rocket comes in for a landing nearby.
Marvin the Martian: Nevertheless, no Earth creature is going to contaminate my atmosphere
The rocket lands, a set of stairs extends, and a door opens. Esta Lior, wearing a futuristic outfit, peeks out, looking very worried. He blinks and twitches his nose. Inside the rocket a speaker extrudes on an extendible arm