I N T E RAC T I V E NE I GHBORHOOD S PAC E S AND CO L L ABORA T I V E L EARN I NG
As an antidote to rampant individualism, I offer two ideas for a better tomorrow. Most of us live in neighborhoods surrounded by myriads of people who for the most part remain anonymous. In my opinion, creating a healthier society should begin by connecting with those people who are physically closest to us - our neighbors. Why not institute an "Apero-Sunday" as a regular way to keep in touch?
tunity for meaningful interactions. In other words, it requires neighborhoods which are conceived and planned with the meaningful interaction of the community as its central focal point.
On the other ends of the spectrum, with the help of technology we can foster human connection literally all over the planet. Typically we look at learning as an individual activity. We study, learn alone and take tests alone to measure our progress. There is nothing wrong with this approach. However as the world becomes more complex, we have begun to realize that individual learning may not be sufficient and lifelong learning is a necessity to focus on the challenges which lie ahead.
WHY NOT CREATE SPACES AND
BUILD NEIGHBORHOODS AROUND
AREAS FOR PEOPLE TO MEET AND INTERACT LOCALLY ?
A conscious effort to strengthen local communities could lead to completely new ways of structuring our living environments and transform our interaction with neighbors. I am aware that many cities have projects and initiatives to strengthen local communities. What I am proposing here is not just a random architectural or urban planning project or a pro-active community center, but a complete re- thinking of how we live with the people surrounding us.
SOCIAL LEARNING HAS BEEN SHOWN
TO BE ONE
OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE
WAYS OF LEARNING .
We can and should create a culture of learning with and from each other which can literally take place on a planetary scale.
This requires not only new concepts of spaces but also providing the oppor-
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