Gilberto Dimenstein, “Learning Neighborhoods: Schools Without Walls”

Can we build schools by using the existing urban assets of a city?
Based on his personal research and on-the-ground experience, Mr. Dimenstein’s lecture will focus on the transformation of city neighborhoods into educational environments through mapping and efficient coordination of public and private institutions and infrastructures. In this model, the school is conceived to function as a flexible network, embedded within the neighborhood and the city itself.
Gilberto Dimenstein (São Paulo, August 28, 1956) is a Brazilian journalist. He is currently a columnist at the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo, of which he is also a member of the editorial counsil.He also keeps a column atCBN radio. Dimestein has published many works regarding human,children’a and youth rights, besides works on citizenship.
Gilberto is currently a Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, where he works in partnership with researchers at the Media Lab of MIT on an Internet program to help cities transform themselves into learning communities (Open City Labs, known as “Catraca Livre” (Free Turstile) in Brazil).
Dimenstein started his career at Shalom, a magazine dedicated to the Jewish community. Subsequently, he worked in Veja, Jornal do Brasil, Correio Braziliense, Última Hora.
For his reporting on social issues and his experiences with educational projects, Gilberto Dimenstein was named by Época magazine in 2007 as one of the hundred most influential figures in the country. Among the many awards he has won are the National Award for Human Rights along with D.Paulo Evaristo Arns, the Criança e Paz Award from UNICEF, a MacArthur Foundation grant to investigate the sexual exploitation of children, and Honorable Mention for the Maria Moors Cabot Award from Columbia University School of Journalism. He also won the Esso prize twice (main category in 1988 and Political Information in 1989, both when working at Folha de S.Paulo) and the 1994 Jabuti prize for best non-fiction book with O Cidadão de Papel. Dimenstein was one of the creators of Andi (News Agency for Children’s Rights), which is circulated in Brazil and several countries in Latin America. In 2009, a document prepared at Harvard Business School named him as an example of community innovation for his neighborhood-school project initially developed in São Paulo and replicated across the country. The text was sent to U.S. president Barack Obama.
Brazilian food will be served.
Sponsored by the Research Advanced Initiative at Harvard GSD, Latin GSD and DRCLAS Brazil Studies Program.

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