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TED Talk!

2017 began in an exciting way - our founding director and Green Map were selected for a TED Residency. Now after a wonderful stint working at TED being connected with new ideas, new media and great people, we are delighted to present Wendy’s TED Talk.

This talk shares the future of Green Map, which has gone ‘open source’ to encourage fresh new kinds of mapping and projects that advance our mission of inclusive participation in sustainable, resilient community development. We’re excited to see what this new approach (with a Creative Commons 4.0 license that invites users to freely use the Green Map Icons on non-commercial projects of any kind, adapt and share them provided that you give credit to Green Map System (yes, we are happy to discuss commercial uses, too!). More on this in our soon to launch new website!

What was it like working at TED? Here’s a glimpse into the space, and as a Resident, you were free to sit anywhere, go to any presentation, use the meeting rooms, etc. Our residency cohort of 23 people, plus the two wonderful organizers, had our own wing of the office, and as you can see from Steve Rosenbaum’s series of articles on Huffington Post, it’s a lively group (I’m in the Day 14 post). Every day, there were notable guests, workshops and opportunities to expand your horizons, leading up to the magic moment when we delivered our talks, all in one evening - here is the TED Residents channel, where you can see them all (my cohort is Spring 2017)!

All of this capped off with something that was apparent from Day 1 - being part of a now 85 member Residency that really never ends. I especially value these new friends, all of whom don’t hesitate to help one another move forward in this crazy world. If this sounds like something you want, there are two new groups a year, and right now, the application for Spring 2018 is open.

I’m so grateful to have this TED Talk to share with you! I’ve also placed this 6 minute video on my new website, see it at on the Speaking page, along with a selection of other talks. Please share it, embed it, and help the future of Green Map along the way!

Your feedback is welcome under my talk on the TED Residents channel or via email (info at, and of course, your contributions are gratefully accepted too, here on or for a #GivingTuesday Match, use our Global Giving page.

I have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, including you and your own efforts to make this world a better place!

- Thank you from Wendy Brawer, founding director, Green Map System