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The C2City Knowledge Center is led by experts engaged in developing a diverse set of tools and materials, culminating in a knowledge portfolio that supports the set-up of a full-blown Education City.  These materials explore the theoretical, pedagogical, economic, organizational, and ethical facets of the Education City concept.

Strategic Action in Building an Education City

From idea to action

Gilad Babchuk

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“A good future image – is one that comes to pass”

In this paper, I will grapple with the strategic lines of thought and action that accompany the educational and urban process of change that we call an Education City. The article is divided into two parts:

  • A concise conceptual introduction that will briefly explain the educational motivation for embarking on this journey, and to anchor it in a broad educational context.
  • An attempt to draw a cognitive map showing the possible paths the journey may take, its premises, and the milestones along the path from a bird's-eye view and closer up.

This paper does not pretend to contain a complete strategic perspective. It touches upon important points and attempts to shed light on the silent voices and thoughts of the process. The article highlights prominent landmarks that will help navigate through the complex processes of Education Cities. I, therefore, did not engage in an extensive literature review (although it would be a worthy undertaking), choosing instead to rely mainly on four books, which I believe to be the most influential in shaping the theoretical and practical world of individuals that led and are leading the main ideas and trials in the various cities in which the Institute for Democratic Education was and is active. 

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