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Lewis Mumford (1895 – 1990) is internationally renowned for his writing on Cities, Architecture, technology, regional planning, environmentalism and modern life. “The City in History” is a powerfully incisive and influential look at the development of the urban form through the ages.
Excerpts from “Limerick CDB Key Priorities Report 2009 – 2012” 4.4 Work on strategy completed in 2008 with launch of “Collaborative Framework for Progess” 5.5 “Preparatory work must now move towards an implementation phase”!
R3L+ project material: Reviving Limerick CDB City of Learning Strategy, January 2011
Reviving Limerick CDB City of Learning Strategy January 2011
Learning and the Future of the City “ The city of the future will be organised around learning as its primary, productive activity, thus fusing the social and the economic with the educational.” (Mumford, L., “ The City in History” , 1961)
<ul><li>The City of Learning Steering Group was established by the CDB in 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Huge commitment on part of members, who participated in regular meetings & task groups over a 7 year period. </li></ul><ul><li>City of Learning Collaborative Framework for Progress launched in 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Review of Progress conducted in 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>No further progress since 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Negligible adoption of LLL principles, approaches & practices by public organisations, civic entities, communities & workplaces and, as a result, no systematic fostering of a LLL culture in Limerick City. </li></ul><ul><li>Possible reasons for limited success of initiative include ; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dominant focus on organised education and training provision with corresponding undervaluing of Lifelong Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Failure to fully appreciate the critical role that learning has to play in the renewal and sustainability of 21 st century cities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weak commitment to the ideal of Limerick as a Learning City </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insufficient investment in the initiative </li></ul></ul>Limerick City of Learning Project: Progress to Date
Why Limerick must be Learning in 2011 <ul><ul><li>Globalisation - exposed to a global world, cities are under increasing pressure to make profound changes in order to compete and prosper in the future. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recession - demands that we learn how to do things differently & more efficiently, if we are to secure social and economic inclusion for all our citizens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digitalisation – rapid advances in information & communication technologies are impacting on the lives of all individuals, organisations & communities, and are fundamental to success in almost every arena </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explosion of New Knowledge – particularly in the sciences & technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In the current environment “change” is the only constant. However, “change through learning” is also the best response to managing the profound socio-economic change that is transforming economies, nations, industries & communities. </li></ul>
Learning occurs in every City. However, the essential & distinguishing feature of a Learning City is its explicit adoption of “Lifelong Learning” as an organising principle and a social /economic / cultural goal . A Learning City values, recognises and invests in LLL and purposefully integrates it within the analysis, planning and implementation of all sectoral and cross sectoral collaborative strategies. What is a Learning City?
Civic Sector (Local Government) Economic Sector (Private & Social Enterprise) Public Sector (Health, Social Protection, Libraries, Gardai, etc.) Educational Sector (Schools, Colleges, Training Agencies, etc.) Voluntary & Community Sector (Civil Society) LIFELONG LEARNING - A fundamental element of all strategies in the Learning City
SSSSocial SSocil SSSSial SSSocia H U M A N CAPITAL S O C I A L SOCIAL C A P I T A L CAPITAL CAPITAL S O C I A L LIFELONG LEARNING MODEL
Sectoral Groups involved in Formal & Non-Formal Learning
: The Role of Networks Individual Network City of Learning Steering Group Network Rep brings information to and from City of Learning S.G. Individual Network Individual Network Individual Network Individual Network <ul><li>City of Learning Representative: - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A ‘Champion of Lifelong Learning’. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bringing the information to and from the City of Learning Steering Group. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivates network members to commit to Citywide Learning Initiatives. </li></ul></ul>
City of Learning Steering Group Meetings <ul><li>Explore concepts of Lifelong Learning & Learning City. </li></ul><ul><li>Share information, experience, issues and challenges. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify common issues/themes for actions. </li></ul><ul><li>Spearhead/support city-wide initiatives. </li></ul><ul><li>Add value to work of network members and their constituency of learners. </li></ul>
City of Learning EU Project <ul><li>Limerick City of Learning Initiative the Irish site in EU R3L Grundtvig Project </li></ul><ul><li>Quality Framework for Learning Regions. </li></ul><ul><li>Effective planning, implementation, evaluation and review of cooperation among educational providers within learning regions. </li></ul><ul><li>Project outcomes provide one of the vehicles by which a whole city or region might also become a learning organisation. </li></ul>
Implement Actions from Strategic Framework <ul><li>Mapping/scoping non-formal learning activity in Limerick. </li></ul><ul><li>Organising Learning Festival – in collaboration with Co-ordination Office and all partners. </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting development of Learning Pathways in Mid-West Region, posted on Limerick.ie. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative Citywide Learning Initiatives as agreed by the Steering Group. </li></ul>