The Audacious Project is an invitation to dream bigger than you ever dared. No idea is too big or too ambitious — we're looking for ideas that can and must change the world. We believe that the most powerful ideas both inspire and convince.
Ideas that inspire:
Capture a bold, breakthrough vision that promises significant, enduring impact on a meaningful and urgent topic facing our world
Present a solution that challenges “business as usual” or changes the narrative in a provocative or surprising way
Are designed and led by brave and visionary leader(s) with proximate and relevant experience and who bring a distinct voice to our global community
Tap into fundamental human emotions like wonder, curiosity, outrage and joy
Ideas that convince:
Show evidence that the idea will have impact, including a track record of past success and confidence that results can be sustained in the future
Convey a believable pathway to scale or to a breakthrough discovery, with demand for the solution from those most affected and clarity about the resources required to get there
Are managed by a capable and confident team, ready to deliver on an ambitious plan amidst dynamic conditions
Have a clear understanding of potential risks and unintended consequences — and have plans for how to mitigate them
Are housed at a nonprofit, NGO or institution (or collaboration between them) that can receive philanthropic funds and has the core infrastructure necessary to support the work. (Note: Past projects have had an annual operating budget of $1 million USD or more.)
The Audacious Project will review every survey idea submission on a rolling basis and the survey link will stay open all year. This allows us to continue to revisit promising ideas in our existing pool while also searching for new ideas.
If your organization meets the above criteria and you believe your idea is a fit for The Audacious Project, we encourage you to complete the brief survey below. Please indicate if you applied in previous years and describe any progress or significant changes since then.
We are now reviewing submissions for consideration for the Audacious 2021 cohort.* To be considered for the 2021 cohort, ideas should be submitted via the survey link by May 2020.
Please note that given the anticipated volume of submissions, we will not be able to respond individually or schedule follow-up calls or meetings.
As we review submissions on a rolling basis, we may contact a small number of survey respondents to submit a full application. We will also share these ideas (if you give us permission to do so) within our broader TED network, as we are always on the lookout for ideas worth spreading.
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