An atlas of civic engagement guides a TEDx event to new ideas

Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas mapped over 100 initiatives changing Madrid for the Los Madriles atlas of civic engagement (Photo: TEDxMadrid)

Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas (Nursery of Citizen Initiatives) maps citizen action. Based in Madrid, the collective is dedicated to tracking all that “builds a more inclusive, ethical, sustainable, participative and livable city.”

When seeking out ideas to share at their recent event in Madrid, the team at TEDxMadrid turned to Los Madriles, the organization’s civic initiatives map in Madrid.

Seven of the citizens behind these initiatives — seven dots on the Los Madriles map — were invited to give talks at the event, so that “the ideas we see on stage are localized,” says organizer Antonella Broglia. “People can visit and speak with their creators, innovators in housing, sports, theater, inclusion, waste management. [Their ideas] can spread and make Madrid a better city.”

Each attendee of the salon was given a copy of the map and invited to investigate all of the initiatives making waves in their city.

TEDxMadrid’s third outdoor salon took place in a public square in the Orcasitas area of the city (Photo: TEDxMadrid)

Five hundred attendees gathered in the public square of Orcasitas to watch talks from these citizen superstars during “a night that will be unforgettable for all of us,” says Brogila.

To learn more about TEDxMadrid, visit their website here.

To learn more about the Los Madriles project and see the entire atlas, visit the map’s website here.