In-field accreditation Old models of established university accreditation do not represent a city's values for decentralized learning. Cities would establish new and frequent feedback loops for evaluation to allow every citizen student to track progress and achieve recognizable, meaningful credentials. These credentials would be an access point to apprenticeships of all kinds, from entry level and menial jobs to retraining experienced citizens for a new field without having to start all over.
This is part five of a continuing brainstorm on the future of cities, inaugurated at the Velocity conference in September 2009. We’ll post a new idea each day until we run out, at which point we’re counting on you to come up with something smart. Do you have a good idea for improving your city? Add it in the comments below, or tweet it to @GOOD with hashtag #cityideas—we’ll publish the best ones. Tomorrow’s idea: Mentor Matchmaker.