Joshua Grigsby

City 2.0 Talks: Gregor Wiltschko, Ilkim Erdost and Nicholas Platzer

If you want to change the city, go out and meet it. The thread connecting the final three talks at this year’s TEDxVienna City 2.0 event is the critical importance (and surprising infrequency) of engagement on the part of change agents with the city itself.

City 2.0 Talks: Florian Lorenz and Ulfert Hoehne

As the poet Emily Dickinson famously wrote, there’s a certain slant of light. Head-on isn’t always the best angle from which to understand a problem, let alone tackle it. Find that certain slant of light, that angle askew, and the path through the dark forest reveals itself. The rough edges […]

Peaceful Protests Reshaping Vienna (Part 2 of 2): Street Art

    From Mexico City and Bogotá to Melbourne, Bristol, and Orgosolo, people whose voices would otherwise remain unheard use art to protest subjugation, corruption, exploitation, hypocrisy, segregation, and despair. They choose for their canvases the walls of the city. Street art has long been an act of protest that […]

Peaceful Protests Reshaping Vienna (Part 1 of 2): Critical Mass

    The eyes of the cycling world are fixed on Vienna, at least temporarily, as the Velo-city conference begins today. While the presence of a conference in Europe’s most conference-friendly city is not news on its own, the fact that this particular conference happens to be the planet’s largest […]

Do Ideas Trump Crises or Create Them?

Economist Alex Tabarrok, in his 2009 TED Talk, expressed unbounded optimism for humanity’s future. Why? Because of the power of ideas to overcome crises. In the past century alone, Tabarrok argues, ideas put into practice brought us out of the miserable depths of two world wars, the great depression, and […]


Hack Your City!

  Hacking the City to Make it Work The citizens of Mexico City had grown tired of waiting for their government to make good on its 2007 pledge to build 300km of bicycle lanes within the next five years. On November 6, 2011, a group of cycling and pedestrian advocates, […]