We let kids design our city -- here's what happened | Mara Mintzer | TEDxMileHigh

  • Опубликовано: 1 фев 2018
  • As adults, we think of kids as "future citizens." Their ideas and opinions will matter someday, but not today -- there must be a reason the voting age is 18, right? But kids make up 25% of the population -- shouldn't we include them in some important conversations? In this inspiring talk, urban planner Mara Mintzer wonders what would happen if we let children design our cities. Mara Mintzer is a founder and the director of Growing Up Boulder, Boulder’s child and youth-friendly city initiative, based out of the University of Colorado-Boulder. She writes and speaks internationally on the topic of engaging young voices in city planning. Prior to working in Colorado, she designed and implemented programs for underrepresented children, families, and neighborhoods in New York and California. She loves to travel and practice her French & Spanish language skills fearlessly. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at www.ted.com/tedx

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  • Andy Wu
    Andy Wu 8 часов назад

    yeah like theyre gonna do that where I live. great speech though

  • Princess Alexy
    Princess Alexy 15 часов назад

    I full heartedly agree with you lady.
    I’m a teenager who is frustrated by the actions adults make without the consideration of the younger generations even though we will be around longer that they will be but if they changed their ways, let us help them, the world will be a better place.

  • Mandy Tengkono
    Mandy Tengkono День назад

    And they said children are annoying..sureeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee we are sureeee

  • Atharva Choughule
    Atharva Choughule 2 дня назад

    Her voice did echo in my headphones

  • B J
    B J 3 дня назад

    THIS is thinking outside the box!

  • vallery ducks
    vallery ducks 5 дней назад

    i, scared bc i dunt feel like a kid when i am, im scared bc i know my mind is closing up to creativity and more to logic and stuff when im only 14. The problem is when teachers ask us to be creative, they are literally forcing us to be creative. They said be creative, draw design smth creative. And me and my friends just go,, what again? what is creativity? It something you go on on yr own to think, draw design. Kids dunt need 50 mins to sit there and think of a design to hand up to the teachers. Kids need to be able to go off on THEIR OWN, or FRIENDS, and not be dragged around and forced to explore things they already know. We dunt need walks in Scinece centre with the teacher telling us you got 5 minutes, take the pictures, observe and write it down. We dunt want to be restricted in an area where we are told to observe a certain thing. We want to stop when we can, admire the small un noticable things that adults overlook or say its not relevant.
    i just want to say im 14 and i can say that forcing, or hurrying us, expecting us to be creative just bc of our age isnt going to help us to be creative.

  • Nico Schurr
    Nico Schurr 5 дней назад

    I am a 12th grader from Germany and when parts of the park next to our school were to be redesigned, the planners actually turned to us and asked us to think of things we wanted to be implemented and build models of them. At the time I was I think in 9th grade. Together with a few friends, I wanted to design a climbing park, taking advantage of the already existing trees. While they didn't use the trees for that, they took inspiration from us and built a climbing structure that even follows the color palette and some of the design queues from our model. To see that our ideas are valued and that we can help reshape things for the better was a great experience that I hope many more children will encounter.

  • AEO Co
    AEO Co 7 дней назад

    6:48 - feminazi alert.

  • BeaglesGuy
    BeaglesGuy 8 дней назад

    One of the best TEDx Talks I've viewed. Thank you. (60 yrs old here.)

  • Luna Ne
    Luna Ne 13 дней назад

    if i lived in this city i’d probably be a lot happier, the environment i’m in affects my mood a lot and this environment would be perfect. and it would keep kids from staying inside on their computers cuz there would be stuff to go and do. i think cities should have certain walls that allow graffiti, so then people can express themselves and make murals and it’ll be expected and nice

  • Luna Ne
    Luna Ne 13 дней назад

    i once went to a playground and there was loads of wood and no colours and it just felt like it wasn’t made for kids, like it was just there for decoration

  • Risky Nights
    Risky Nights 14 дней назад +1

    Starts at 3:20

  • Hannah Lee
    Hannah Lee 17 дней назад

    they should add some shelters for the homeless

  • A Katsuki-Nikiforov
    A Katsuki-Nikiforov 17 дней назад

    fam gets it good ...

  • Just_ Lazara
    Just_ Lazara 18 дней назад

    This speaks volumes about how even the smallest ant can gather its colony when water will flood their home. This is why we need to listen to all voices even the smallest ones.

  • rickyboi! 2.0
    rickyboi! 2.0 18 дней назад

    parks need hammoks

  • HEY 1234
    HEY 1234 19 дней назад

    What an amazing speech. This really shows how we can create a bright future.

  • Eva Stahl
    Eva Stahl 19 дней назад

    We are the future! Let us have a say in something.

  • Luke HD
    Luke HD 26 дней назад

    2:56 YES! Yes we need that!

  • Mionikoi
    Mionikoi Месяц назад

    Are we listening to immigrants? I think the question is, at what point do we stop listening? Is there a cut off point? Do we differentiate between the classification of immigrants that there are? Do we try to destroy those classifications and lump them all together?
    My statement for the above is that these questions should be asked. And many more. I don't necessarily take a side when I ask them other than the side that believes these things need to be addressed.

  • Augusto de Oliveira
    Augusto de Oliveira Месяц назад


  • sean li
    sean li Месяц назад

    I came here for learning English.

  • Malachi Jones
    Malachi Jones Месяц назад

    Wow I know this is Ted ed but this is genius

  • James Ray
    James Ray Месяц назад

    "A bridge with water cannons that fire onto unsuspecting kayakers below?"

    Yes, every city needs that.

    NO NAMES MY NAME Месяц назад

    I watched this and as a 13 year old I agree with that woman

  • Malachi Ruddy
    Malachi Ruddy Месяц назад

    this is anther old person generalizing all people between 1 and 18 (notice I said people not kids yes we are people) and thinking that teens have no concept of money or other constraints

    UNSCPILOT Месяц назад

    Sometimes the childish or rediculus ideas are the very thing needed to make something truly interesting

  • Zen Xavier
    Zen Xavier Месяц назад

    You should paint the city so all the buildings are covered in murals

  • Jason Tan
    Jason Tan Месяц назад

    clickbait. where's the 4 year olds designing the cities? the youngest children were gradeschool, and only submitting ideas. not in charge of actual design.
    So we didn't let kids design our city. We just took their opinions on the matter. The first one is a terrible idea. the second is of course a good idea.

  • Salwa Nausheen Bariah
    Salwa Nausheen Bariah Месяц назад

    This was so emotional...I just turned 19...and I am already wishing I was forever a child....

  • nico
    nico Месяц назад

    Great job, perfect explanation. 👌👍👌👍👌👍

  • Rose Alexander
    Rose Alexander Месяц назад +1

    So Mara and her co-workers were spawned by aliens or something since they have no memories of their own childhoods?

  • Donna Jones
    Donna Jones Месяц назад +1

    We have tried this in China no good dam has hole in middle train tracks go no where planes fly up side down and everyone spy .

  • Alexisis Verbarow
    Alexisis Verbarow Месяц назад

    This really feels like something the teachers just placed upon the kids and they just took it as another assessment project.

  • Wayne
    Wayne Месяц назад

    Monkeys on typewriters... It's still the adults that decided which 'ideas' they choose to bastardize. Adding parks and trees to cities is an idea as old as cities themselves. Where are the kid's ideas? Where are the monkey bars to cross the street? Where are the slides instead of stairs? This is all bs.


    all in favor of replacing the government with children, say i.

  • ATS599
    ATS599 Месяц назад

    I love this. The city belongs to everyone and it is time our collective decisions on the future of where we live, work and play need to include everyone.

  • Lily Pily
    Lily Pily 2 месяца назад +1

    i've climbed the tower at 8:28 . it's great. good sense of risk, but even if you lost your grip (unlikely) the tangle of ropes would stop u before u hit the ground

  • Cathryn Ledbetter
    Cathryn Ledbetter 2 месяца назад

    This is how kids should actually be taught. Not sitting in desks for hours on end. We need opportunities to leave the school and use our knowledge hands on.

  • Hunter Jaekel
    Hunter Jaekel 2 месяца назад

    This is why we should have more parkour parks :)

  • xX!6DemiGod9!Xx
    xX!6DemiGod9!Xx 2 месяца назад

    Why are her legs so spread 😂

  • Green Brain Seaside
    Green Brain Seaside 2 месяца назад

    let kids bloody skate. all power to them. :)

  • Fusion GPS Integrity
    Fusion GPS Integrity 2 месяца назад

    Omg the first female president!!! She is strong, bold, and eccentric!!! Vote for woman!

  • Guess my name
    Guess my name 2 месяца назад

    The SPACE is the limit. Not sky. Skys have the atmosphere to limit imagination. But we kids don't have limits in imagination. Its infinite

  • Someone Unusual
    Someone Unusual 2 месяца назад


  • Peaceman Red
    Peaceman Red 2 месяца назад

    What so you Think about the words of Jesus in the Bibel "Be like Children"

  • Half Blood Gryffinpuff
    Half Blood Gryffinpuff 2 месяца назад

    Also kids are REALLY creative.

  • ElephantsLover
    ElephantsLover 2 месяца назад

    Kids are so innocent. Theyre the purest form of humanity.

  • Omer mirza
    Omer mirza 2 месяца назад

    Gap between legs is disturbing mam

  • Downward Spiral
    Downward Spiral 2 месяца назад

    Homeless people deserve to have more designs that include them

  • D Roe
    D Roe 2 месяца назад

    Children have, of course, all sorts of ideas, but they don;'t generally understand that ideas are meaningless without the means to create them and maintain them in the real world. But to be fair, most adults don't understand that, either.

  • Daniel Adler
    Daniel Adler 2 месяца назад

    Shes a cool woman. Shes like a rock star of nice people lol
    But seriously even grown ups who are in touch with their inner child usually make the most amazing things compared to serious corporate looking ones.

  • Marleen B
    Marleen B 2 месяца назад

    This sounds good and logical, but let's face it: it is no use. The world does not change just because people say it has to...

  • GermanTopGameTV
    GermanTopGameTV 2 месяца назад

    The content was worth the attrocious rhetorical skill of the talker.

  • Wesley Mercer
    Wesley Mercer 2 месяца назад

    Sometimes in life, I just want to start typing something so I comment on a random video.

  • Riley Smith
    Riley Smith 2 месяца назад

    love how she mentioned us! Go Australia!

  • Love Sojourner
    Love Sojourner 2 месяца назад

    Well Boulder County - mucho dinero.

  • Isabelle Bower
    Isabelle Bower 2 месяца назад

    Why isn't this happening everywhere!

  • Arthur Ying Gaudefroy
    Arthur Ying Gaudefroy 2 месяца назад

    I wanted to press the like button and I realised I've already pressed it

  • Jim Harris
    Jim Harris 2 месяца назад

    I don't trust decisions about land use, energy production and natural resources to politicians let alone 4-year olds.

  • amythyst stonne
    amythyst stonne 2 месяца назад

    Why am I crying??

  • Mr.Reaper
    Mr.Reaper 2 месяца назад


  • Muffin Wizard
    Muffin Wizard 2 месяца назад

    Her voice and the way she talks really annoys me

  • Dark Energy
    Dark Energy 2 месяца назад

    We don't allow kids to drinks alcohol,l why would we let them do city planning? We don't need children to come up with new ideas.

  • Mamothdinolover 112
    Mamothdinolover 112 3 месяца назад

    Wait..... are zip lines and 30ft climbing frames only in Aus, my home country?????

  • The Regal Reptile
    The Regal Reptile 3 месяца назад

    I love the idea of nature and people living side by side.
    I love the idea of easier to access transportation and walkability.
    It does irritate me that transportation problems are mainly assigned to the elderly though. I'm too blind to drive and I'm a 20 something just trying to find a job I can get to without Uber taking a chunk of my earnings. A lot of places won't even hire you if you can't drive. Being able to walk to the grocery store or even target by myself would be so awesome!

  • pig_porkchop_ !
    pig_porkchop_ ! 3 месяца назад

    I literally cried during this because not once in this did she mention how the schools are taking kid's creative away from them.

  • Christopher Yohn
    Christopher Yohn 3 месяца назад

    DeMoCrAcY iS a MeSsY pRoCeSs... We live in a constitutional republic lady, not a democracy. Refer to the "Pleadge of Allegiance" please.

  • Izzie W
    Izzie W 3 месяца назад

    When the children are better livers and planners than adults...thank god Im 13!

  • Hester Van Zyl
    Hester Van Zyl 3 месяца назад

    Its not the design that is the problem it is the Budget

  • Felicity Jones
    Felicity Jones 3 месяца назад

    Absolutley Fantastic

  • Mr Anthony
    Mr Anthony 3 месяца назад

    Not to mention that children will be happier, Less obese, and able to get around easily with their parents... Happier world.

  • 4xhot
    4xhot 3 месяца назад

    Wow. That was excellent! I couldn't agree more. One more step on the path to utopia! Check!

  • Ryan Taylor
    Ryan Taylor 3 месяца назад

    So what did we learn in this episode? Children are the key to peace and happiness. Wow who would've thought? I say this sarcastically because I lowkey already thought this.

  • boomcshroo
    boomcshroo 3 месяца назад

    She says "children" as in 5-6 year olds but there are children from ages 13-17, they should be planning th cities.

  • Andrew Cheung
    Andrew Cheung 3 месяца назад

    This experiment should be in every city world wide

  • SpltPersonaltyOF
    SpltPersonaltyOF 3 месяца назад

    Ah yes, children ages 0 - 8 years old. I remember my first city planning directly after being born. What a fun time that was!

  • Emma Johnson
    Emma Johnson 3 месяца назад

    We have huge flying foxes and climbing towers in New Zealand, they are always in full use

  • Anthony Morris
    Anthony Morris 3 месяца назад

    I think that any parent could tell you that kids can teach you a lot. You just have to be able to listen and treat them with respect.

  • Dodo Bird
    Dodo Bird 3 месяца назад

    Surprisingly deep

  • Adele Dazeem
    Adele Dazeem 3 месяца назад

    First couple of seconds into the video and I'm already laughing. WHAT IS SHE TRYING TO DO? TRYING TO RIP HER DRESS? TAKE A SQUAT? GIVING BIRTH STANCE? IDK

  • Olivier vdB
    Olivier vdB 3 месяца назад +1

    This is so cool in the Netherlands we have a non obligated lesson you can choose instead of drawing or music lessons in highschool. In those lessons you go to random companies that explain their current projects/problems they have and then you go and work in small groups to make your own solutions for the problem. It's really nice because you learn how companies work and the companies get some input they would maybe never thought of or disregarded the idea in early stages of development.

  • Jonny93
    Jonny93 3 месяца назад

    This was really one of the best ted talks I've seen

  • elisefleur1
    elisefleur1 3 месяца назад

    wait, american parks dont have 30 ft climbing towes or ziplines?!

  • gavin
    gavin 3 месяца назад

    title should be "we let children have a say in the design of a park"

  • Katie Scarlett
    Katie Scarlett 3 месяца назад

    This was super interesting!!

  • Romain Durand
    Romain Durand 3 месяца назад +1

    "we found some incredible benefits to designing cities with children" : we don't need to pay them :D

  • milena galloway
    milena galloway 3 месяца назад

    They are still forgetting a group of kids the quiet ones who are scared to speak.

  • Restless Wretch
    Restless Wretch 3 месяца назад

    Make the water cannons a pay-by-the-minute service provided by the city, and you have cheap revenue right there.

  • Whalerus :D
    Whalerus :D 3 месяца назад

    You underestimate us adults. What you don’t know is that we are all secretly plotting world domination. *BEWARE*

    • GLaDOS
      GLaDOS 2 месяца назад

      Not if I do it first

  • Jonathan Cutting
    Jonathan Cutting 3 месяца назад

    Hrm...I think I'll avoid Boulder from now on.

  • Rob D
    Rob D 3 месяца назад

    It's not really about listening to kids, it's more about not focusing on being cheap and utilitarian.
    We've got bike paths in Florida that use the space where old railroads used to be, they didn't gave to make room for them, so little more than paving.

  • Rob D
    Rob D 3 месяца назад +1

    Parks for kids in Australia have zip lines and 30' climbing towers?
    Imagine that, a country where there are no personal injury lawyers.

  • Myles Fe
    Myles Fe 3 месяца назад

    literally just splatter some paint on the beige housing and it's immediately so much better

  • Myles Fe
    Myles Fe 3 месяца назад

    idk water cannons on bridges sound pretty damn great

  • Jumpboy5100
    Jumpboy5100 3 месяца назад

    This is weird because I live here and remember doing some halfassed project in elementary school. Now in college, and the park is actually pretty neat

  • Huntergirl727
    Huntergirl727 3 месяца назад

    This woman should learn to stand in a short dress, or wear pants.

  • Gabby is here also known as Hannah for things

    Kudos from the 25% percent.

  • ẞîtçh Whåt
    ẞîtçh Whåt 3 месяца назад +1

    Sure Ted talks, but does Ted listen?

  • Amy Cooper
    Amy Cooper 3 месяца назад

    i thought more places had heaps of little zip lines and the climbing frames honestly the zip lines are the popular thing the climbing frame can hurt your feet and hands because usually you'd wear thongs (the shoe) to the park