NYC: Hub of the Learning Revolution

Yesterday I attended the NYC Symposium for Social Change. The focus was impact investing. My friends from City Light Capital made the case for investing with a high bar for return and social benefit. Seth Pinsky, NYC EcoDevo, made the case for NYC global hub for the innovation economy and pointed to efforts to improve access to capital, facilities, and talent.
The highlight of the meeting was Chancellor Joel Klein’s rousing case for NYC as hub for the learning revolution. It’s clear that there is more education talent in NYC than anywhere else on the planet including intermediaries, school developers, charter networks, advocates, data shops, investors, publishers, and foundations. Klein’s efforts to open the system to outside operators and partners is driving innovation and improvement. Despite massive opposition from a recalcitrant union, an expanded iZone, scaled School of One, more charters, and (finally) a new virtual high school make NYC hub of the learning revolution.

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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