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Amy Novogratz
Amy Novogratz is co-founder and managing partner at Aqua-Spark, an innovative investment fund focused on sustainable aquaculture and ocean technologies.

Amy served as director of the TED Conference’s annual TED Prize for almost a decade, leading more than twenty global collaborations across a broad spectrum of sectors, including healthcare, education, science, technology, conservation, art, and activism. Her list of notable projects include: Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue, Jamie Oliver’s Food revolution, JR’s Inside Out Project, and Bono’s among others.

Prior to TED, Amy spent the early part of her career in Washington, DC, where she helped start the Social Policy Action Network. She also helped develop and produce a global media project. Having played a key role in dozens of global start-ups, Amy is adept at judging and executing on great ideas.

Entries by Amy Novogratz

After the TED Prize, Resurfacing in Sustainable Aquaculture

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 7:05 PM

I was the TED Prize director for almost a decade. There were so many aspects of the job that I loved, but most remarkable was the opportunity to collaborate time and again with some of the world's most notable artists, policy leaders, environmentalists and scientists.

One TED Prize...

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The City 2.0 - Dream It, Build It

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 12:58 PM

As director of the TED Prize, it's been hard to keep secret the wish of 2012 TED Prize winner -- the City 2.0.

But Wednesday night, we revealed the wish to those at TED -- and to all the people around the world who streamed in.

Beyond words,...

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Experience the TED Prize Session Live Tonight

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 11:15 AM

Tonight's TED Prize session is the only to be live streamed from TED -- to anyone in the world who wants to watch. TUNE IN from 5-6:45pm Pacific as we reveal two major announcements and celebrate the achievements of remarkable TED Prize winners.

In 2009, Jill...

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TED and New Platform for Ocean News, Hope, Action

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 1:33 PM

In 2009, Dr. Sylvia Earle made her Ted Prize wish to do anything we can to create awareness of the need for marine protected areas to save and restore the ocean.

In response, 100 scientists, conservationists, advocates, artists, and concerned citizens set sail for a week in the...

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An Idea Takes the TED Prize....

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 9:44 AM

This year, the TED Prize is going in an exciting and different direction. Rather than granting the Prize to a single person, we're giving it to an idea: the City 2.0.

Last year we challenged the artist JR to make a wish to change the world, and with...

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JR Launches New Video Collective -- How Are You Contributing?

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 7:09 PM

Since the TED Prize winner JR announced his wish in March to turn the world Inside Out, thousands of people have participated in what we hope will be the world's largest participatory art project.

From every corner of the planet, people have uploaded their personal...

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Searching for the TED 2012 Prize Winner -- With Your Help

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2011 | 3:47 PM

Each year we award the TED Prize to an exceptional individual who is making a difference in the world -- and we grant this recipient one wish. This isn't just an ordinary wish, but a wish that allows them to dig deeper, activate people across the globe, and truly change...

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The Search for Cosmic Company Goes On

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 3:47 PM

When 2009 TED Prize winner Jill Tarter wished to "empower Earthlings everywhere to become active participants in the ultimate search for cosmic company," we looked to the SETI Institute's Allen Telescope Array (ATA).

With this telescope, Jill's vision, and the power of open-source initiatives, we were able to...

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And the New 2011 TED Prize Winner Is....

(26) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 10:00 AM

The TED Prize offices have been full of anticipation and energy as we prepared for this announcement. The winner of the 2011 TED Prize is someone you may not know, but once you see his mind blowing creations and learn about his work, I have no doubt you...

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The Antidote to Intolerance? Amplifying the Voice of Compassion

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2010 | 1:45 PM

At a time when religious intolerance is creeping into public consciousness, now is an important moment to highlight Karen Armstrong, who won the TED Prize in 2008, and then made her wish to create a Charter for Compassion.

To be specific, this is a charter...

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With Help from Ocean Icons, TED Sets its Sights on Saving the Sea

(5) Comments | Posted March 30, 2010 | 10:19 AM

The world's oceans are in trouble. They've become a dumping ground for pollutants; acidity levels are on the rise. 90 percent of the big fish have disappeared. Destructive fishing practices are killing countless numbers of marine mammals each year. Although environmental groups have done impressive work toward making the world...

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Introducing the 2010 TED Prize Winner

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2009 | 11:39 AM

As TED Prize director, I'm delighted to announce our TED Prize winner for 2010: a chef, writer, social entrepreneur and restauranteur who's transforming the way we feed our children and ourselves: Jamie Oliver.

Jamie has been a tireless crusader in his effort to focus the world's attention on better...

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The Charter For Compassion: Read, Affirm, Share

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 3:17 PM

Today, the culmination of more than a year's work was unveiled as the Charter for Compassion was officially introduced in Washington, D.C. The Charter is the direct result of Karen Armstrong's 2008 TED Prize wish to establish a document that would define anew the ancient principles of...

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New Charter for Compassion Website to Launch Sunday

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2009 | 6:19 PM

This Sunday, as part of the three-day World Peace Through Personal Peace Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will join TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong for the official launch of the Charter for Compassion website,

Using the website as a starting...

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Searching for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2009 | 3:53 PM

By now, the variety and scope of the TED Prize wishes we are helping bring to reality is well-known. But Jill Tarter's 2009 wish -- "to empower Earthlings everywhere to become active participants in the ultimate search for cosmic company" -- expands that scope out into the vastness of...

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Chautauqua Institution Spotlights Compassion

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2009 | 3:26 PM

When Karen Armstrong won one of the three 2008 TED Prizes, we knew her wish -- to create a worldwide Charter for Compassion -- was a powerful one with the potential to develop into an innovative and international movement. As the final document is being crafted, we are starting to...

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Charter for Compassion to Be Introduced in September

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2009 | 3:54 PM

I've recently returned from Oxford, England, from a remarkable four days at the first annual TEDGlobal conference, "The Substance of Things Not Seen," once again inspired by TED's extraordinary speakers and the impressive range of their ideas and experiences.

As TED Prize director, I'm gratified by the...

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El Sistema Comes to the USA

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2009 | 6:50 PM

For the majority of the world's children, the opportunity to learn about music -- with all the intellectual and emotional benefits music brings -- is just not a part of their world. Unless they happen to live in Venezuela. There, for the last 34 years, the visionary musician, economist, and...

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Help Us Break a Vital Story

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2008 | 6:46 PM

James Nachtwey won the TED Prize in 2007 because of his amazing work as a war photographer -- he's gone to Northern Ireland, the Sudan, South Africa, Afghanistan, all over the world to shoot wars and human rights crises. He captures human suffering in order to expose the world to...

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