TED, an annual event where innovators of all kinds gather to share inspiration, awards three TED prizes each year to individuals who have shown that they have vision and potential to create a positive impact on the future of life on earth. Winners receive $100,000, a sculpture by Tom Shannon (shown above), and, best of all, the power to make one wish to change the world. By contributing financial and creative resources, the TED Community endeavors to make the wish come true.

2007 Winner

James Nachtwey, a contract photographer with Time Magazine since 1984, has devoted himself to documenting wars, conflicts, and critical social issues.

"I think if you go to places where people are experiencing these kinds of tragedies with a camera, you have a responsibility. The value of it is to make an appeal to the rest of the world, to create an impetus where change is possible through public opinion. Public opinion is created through awareness. My job is to help create the awareness." --Newshour with Jim Lehr, May 16, 2000

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2007 Winner

E.O. Wilson is research professor and honorary curator in entomology at Harvard University. His research in the fields of evolutionary biology, sociobiology, biogeography and ethical philosophy has focused public attention on the impact human activity has had on life on the planet.

"To save and make fuller use of [the earth's living resources] in a non-obtrusive way is economically valuable to us. To destroy them is to force humanity into an artificial world in which we have to personally manage our water systems, our food supply, and our atmosphere by prosthetic devices day by day instead of relying on powerful organisms to do the work for us. Do we want to turn Earth literally into a spaceship that requires constant tinkering?" -- ActionBioscience.org, February 2002

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2007 Winner

After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation which focuses on four critical areas: health security, with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS; economic empowerment; leadership development and citizen service; and racial, ethnic and religious reconciliation.

"Since we now live in a world without walls, where borders don't stop much -- good or bad -- our security, prosperity, and happiness depend on spreading the benefits and reducing the burdens of our global society. We all do better when we help each other." -- Clinton Foundation Welcome Letter

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2006 Winner

Dr. Brilliant, an epidemiologist, was one of the leaders of the successful World Health Organization smallpox eradication program. He founded the Seva Foundation, an international health non-profit, and is currently Executive Director of the Google Foundation.

"I stayed [on the small pox initiative] for over 10 years, and I rose to a big lofty title. But I learned epidemiology; I learned public health; I learned developing countries; I learned how to live through floods and catastrophes and famines. I've held hundreds of dead babies in my arms. I've learned how to think when the world is going to hell all around me." -- Wired, July 2006

His Wish:"I wish that you would help build a global system to detect each new disease or disaster as quickly as it emerges or occurs."

Watch Dr. Brilliant speak about his TED Prize wish.

2006 Winner

Jehane's film, "The Control Room," caught the onset of Iraqi war on film. She gained access to both Al Jazeera and the U.S. military's Central Command offices and chronicled the radically different way in which the war was reported by the Arabs and the West.

"It's important for everyone, simply as individuals, to try to understand different people and different cultures, but it's especially important for people in the United States because we affect so much of the world beyond our borders."

Her Wish:" I wish to bring the world together for one day a year through the power of film."

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2006 Winner

Cameron is the co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, a non-profit that seeks architecture solutions to humanitarian crises and brings design services to communities in need.

"As a profession, [the architect's] role is to improve the built environment. But, we seem to serve the needs of the very few. Well thought out and innovative design should not be tied directly to cost. We have an amazing opportunity to improve the built environment for everyone." -- designboom.com, January 2006"

His Wish:"I wish to create a community that actively embraces open source design to generate innovative and sustainable living standards for all."

Watch Cameron Sinclair speak about his TED Prize wish.

2005 Winner

The lead singer of U2 has leveraged his popularity to bring worldwide attention to the issues of AIDS and African poverty.

"What I would like to see is idealism decoupled, idealism decoupled from all constraints: political, economic, technological, whatever. The geopolitical world has got a lot to learn from the digital world, from the ease with which you swept away obstacles that no one knew could even be budged." -- TEDPrize conference, February 2005

His Wish:"I wish for you to help build a social movement of more than ONE MILLION American activists for Africa. I wish to tell people ONE BILLION times about ONE, with as much of this as possible before the G8 Africa Summit in July 2005. I wish for you to show the power of information - its power to rewrite the rules and to transform lives - by connecting every hospital, health clinic, and school in one African country, Ethiopia, to the Internet."

Watch Bono speak about his TED Prize wish.

2005 Winner

Edward Burtynsky's large format color photographs depict images of quarried mines and plundered landscapes, highlighting ways the earth has been altered by mankind.

"There's a huge gap here, between the reality on the ground and the possibilities of the future, between bad news and good ideas. Closing that gap now seems to me the most important work there is." -- Worldchanging.com

His Wish:"I wish my artwork could persuade millions of people to join a global conversation about sustainability. I wish we could launch a ground-breaking competition that motivates kids to invent new ideas in sustainable living. I wish I could create an IMAX film that would make my work accessible to a broader audience."

Watch Edward Burtynsky speak about his TED Prize wish.

2005 Winner

The holder of more than 200 U.S. and foreign patents, Fischell invented the precursor to GPS, special features of the implantable cardiac defibrillator, the implantable insulin pump, coronary stents used to open clogged arteries, and two extraordinary feedback systems that provide early warning of epileptic seizures and heart attacks.

His Wish:"Help me discover new cures for brain disorders utilizing a responsive neurostimulator computer device implanted into the cranial bone connected by wires to electrodes in the brain. Create the final design for a portable Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS) that can erase a migraine headache without drugs. Create a Brain Trust to rethink our approach to medical liability."

Watch Robert Fischell speak about his TEDPrize wish.

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TED, an annual event where innovators of all kinds gather to share inspiration, awards three TED prizes each year to individuals who have shown that they have vision and potential to create a positive impact on the future of life on earth. Winners receive $100,000, a sculpture by Tom Shannon (shown above), and, best of all, the power to make one wish to change the world. By contributing financial and creative resources, the TED Community endeavors to make the wish come true.

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