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Just what is a “world-class city” anyway? That was the question posed by urban planner and Berkeley professor Ananya Roy as she kicked off the day… 

TEDCity2.0, took place on Sept. 20 in New York, joined by 100+ city-themed TEDx events around the world. The event brought together TED and Ford communities to spread new ideas on metropolitan innovation and to explore what makes for a “just city” –where social, economic, and cultural opportunities are the bedrock.

Among the many speakers were Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Emily May of Hollaback!, Code for America’s Catherine Bracy, U.S. Secretary of HUD Shaun Donovan, photographer Iwan Baan and Jason Sweeney, aural artist and Stereopublic founder.

Some links that might be of interest on the event:

–  BLOG and Summary of the event: http://blog.ted.com/

– SOME TALKS: http://www.ted.com/playlists/29/our_future_in_cities.html

– The TED Conversations platform where people can comment on the event : http://www.ted.com/conversations

– Running content on TED City’s Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/thecity2.0 

TED TALKS: TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference and TEDGlobal — TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

FORD FOUNDATION: The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 75 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

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