*** UPDATE: The venue has been moved one block to Platform Houston at 5504 Morningside Drive, across from Torchy's. ***
Join TEDxHouston for local talks and live simulcast of TEDCity 2.0 on Friday, September 20 at 10:00am. TEDCity2.0 is a day-long TED event for urban innovators, organizers, stewards and builders to experience live speakers, global conversations and community activities. We'll explore stories of urban ingenuity and interdependence from across the globe and envision the cities of our future, sharing big ideas about collaborative action and sustainable solutions.
Around the world, cities are growing at an exceptionally fast clip. As the oft-quoted statistic goes, by 2030, 6 out of every 10 people on the planet will live in a city. So how do we make sure our urban areas are filled with beauty, complexity and possibility rather than simply with overcrowding?
Themed “Dream me. Build me. Make me real.,” TEDCity2.0 will be held on Friday, September 20, at The TimesCenter in New York City from 9am-5pm EST. We'll go far beyond the average urban policy conversation, bringing unexpected thinkers with bold ideas — from a junkyard anthropologist to an architect who went blind midway through his career to a photographer who took the iconic aerial image of New York after Hurricane Sandy.
SCHEDULE: Check In: 9:45am
Session 2 : Reinventing Urban Experience: 12 - 1pm (Hosted by Courtney Martin)
- Walkability advocate Jeff Speck, who fights against suburban sprawl and bad urban policy
- Aural artist Jason Sweeney, reinventing the urban experience through a crowd-sourced public art project
- Civic technologist Catherine Bracy is scaling "Code for America" internationally
- Radical professor Dennis Dalton, an Ivy Leaguer with a thing for street philosophers
- Urban bard Felice Belle is a poetic voice of and
on the city
Session 2.0 : Mapping Our Future: 1:00 PM (Hosted by TEDxHouston)
*LIVE Speaker*Jay Blazek Crossley, Program Development and Research Director for Houston Tomorrow, will speak on how the maps we create and use actually influence how we shape our decisions; and he'll explore how we can choose better paths for our city's future.
LUNCH: 1:30pm-2:30pm (As the event is free, attendees can bring their own lunch to the venue, or visit any one of the many restaurants in the Rice Village within walking distance and bring food back.)
Session 3 : Reimagining the City: 2:30 - 4pm (Hosted by John Cary)
- Visionary architect Chris Downey, who lost his sight and gained new ways of seeing the world
- Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan is putting pedestrians at the forefront of transportation policy in New York City
- Robin Nagle, an anthropologist in residence at the NYC dept of sanitation, talks trash
- Street performers John Pita and Avi Snow of City of the Sun are flamenco/blues/indie rockers
- Place maker Toni Griffin, an urban planner working to make cities more just
- Housing advocate Shaun Donovan, the U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development
- Sustainability guru Lance Hosey, who's on a mission to make green design beautiful
About TEDx: x = "independently organized event"
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDxevent, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDxevents are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives. At a TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Many thanks to Platform Houston for hosting the venue and to GoodSpero for sponsoring the video for this event!