Cities of Learning is a new approach for activating a grassroots, city-based, mass-engagement movement around learning and skills. Our prospectus explore how we make this a reality in the UK.
How did this project start?
In 2015, our The New Digital Learning Age recommended that the UK should explore piloting a City of Learning, building on the original work of Collective Shift in the United States.
We have taken that challenge forward, and are working with multiple cities in the UK to develop and test the CoL idea.
- Can Our Cities Help To Create A More Equal Education System? Cities of Learning featured on the HundrED website.
- Cities of Learning awarded ChallengeLondon investment from A New Direction, a London-based non-profit generating opportunities for children & young people to unlock their creativity.
- Cities of Learning featured in Innovation Unit report as a case study of a successful local learning ecosystem.
- Are local communities demonstrating new forms of leadership when national Government can’t? – read Anthony Painter’s essay on the evolution of the Cities of Learning project.
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