TEDxLocalGov aims to connect social innovators who have ideas on improving public services & infrastructure with local government, offering innovators the opportunity to pitch their ideas, and local government the ability to buy/support them.
With government budget cuts occurring, TEDxLocalGov empowers citizens to help build the vibrancy back into their cities through supporting local creatives and innovators to innovate the city's public services and civic infrastructure.
Held in a major city, politicians and municipal staff from the local government's in the region or state will be invited to this 1 day event. Social entrepreneurs will apply to present at TEDxLocalGov, the criteria -
- Ideas needs to deliver improved city infrastructure or public sector services
- Presenters need to have been prototyped the idea
- Presenters need to have some ideas of what support is needed to implement the idea
Local government is then able to 'buy' an idea through investment and support. This support can come in many forms (not just monetary) including office space, knowledge, resources, expertise and funding.
Through government investing in great ideas, new and innovative bottom up methods for delivering needed public infrastructure is implemented, and social entrepreneurs are able to get their ideas into the real world.