Posted by: Helen Walters on February 29, 2008
The three TED Prize winners are given $100,000 — and a wish. The idea is that the extensive TED community throng together in order to make that wish come true. Some wishes are easier to grant than others, but in recent years companies such as Sun Microsystems, AMD, Nokia HOT Studio (and a whole host of others) have contributed significant resources to try and help. Here are the details of this year’s winners and their requests:
Dave Eggers [[novelist and founder of the youth literacy program 826 Valencia in San Francisco, which spawned dozens of sister programs across the nation and — soon — in Dublin, Ireland]]
“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 transformative change.”
The two other winners after the jump
Neil Turok [[Cambridge professor of mathematical physicist/Africa activist]]
"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."
Karen Armstrong [[author and religious scholar]]
"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."
What comes next? The BusinessWeek Innovation and Design team of Michael Arndt and Helen Walters chronicle new tools for creativity and collaboration, innovation case studies in both the corporate and social sectors, and the new ideas that have the power to change the way things have always been done.