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This book and series was created from a two year investigation project launched to discover the civic formula required to dramatically boost learning outcomes and employability. For more visit our Smart Cities book page.


It’s Time to Add AI to Your Robotics Competition

Most industrial robots are preprogrammed or remotely controlled. That’s starting to change with the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI). Some robots operate autonomously and learn to improve task efficiency. When it comes to elementary and secondary school robotics competitions—few involve real AI. However, as Tom explains, the World Artificial Intelligence Competition for Youth is not like other robotics competitions.

Design-Focused University–The Best Thing Since French Fries (Which Are Also Belgian)

A recent trip to Europe took Tom to Howest, a University that’s known for their approach to learning and research and close collaboration with industry and the social sector. Learn how Howest and MyMachine are making design thinking as common in Belgian schools as Frites are on dinner tables

How Cities are Getting Smart Using Artificial Intelligence

By the middle of the century, two-thirds of the world’s population is projected to live in urban areas. This rapid urbanization leads to big problems that create a demand for smart city solutions. How will AI help? How could it hurt?

Getting Smart on Reinventing Education: How a Pittsburgh Network is Remaking Learning

Remake Learning is a loose network of 250 organizations including schools, 67 districts, universities, libraries, startups, nonprofits, and museums–all focused on engaging, relevant, and equitable learning. Learn more about their work here.

Connectivity in Educational Transportation – A Call to Action for More Coordinated Research

By: Eugene Leventhal. When it comes to how our kids get to and from school, now is the time to invest in the future and to make sure our kids will always be safer tomorrow than they were today.

Capitalism that Works for Everyone

An innovation economy will produce tremendous benefit and wealth--and both will be concentrated unless we decide otherwise. To extend US leadership in the innovation economy we’ll need to update our form of capitalism.

Philadelphia Is Reimagining Arts & Creativity Education Programming

By: Erik Day and Emily Liebtag. With their new Arts & Creativity Framework, Philadelphia is rethinking what arts education means and bringing it into the 21st century with a replicable strategy focused on stakeholder voice, resource allocation and community engagement.

On Beautiful Shared Places

We recently created a list of the most pressing issues of our time, and beautiful shared places kept appearing. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at a dialogue with our team and Getting Smart friends about why there is a need for these in our world.

Don’t Doubt Detroit

There are incredibly dedicated educators and families in Detroit working to revive their schools and communities. The heart and resilience of the people in Detroit is palpable.

Creating Reliable Hope in the Face of Rural Poverty

ForwARd Arkansas is taking on learning inequity challenges in rural areas of the state by convening and supporting a group of school districts with the goal of helping every Arkansas student graduate prepared for success in college and the workplace.