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How can design-driven and vocational education improve our schools and communities? Join our live Q&A on Feb 5th at 3PM

In 2009, author and TED speaker Emily Pilloton moved to Bertie County, North Carolina — the poorest county in the state with a population of just 20,000. There she and her partner Matthew Miller launched Studio H, a design/build program aimed to inspire creativity in high school kids.

Through the eyes of her students, Pilloton tells the story of the group’s hopes, failures, triumphs, and the power of design-driven education. According to Pilloton, we can dramatically revamp vocational education and build the change we wish to see in the world. Ultimately her students were given the key to the city by their mayor for initiating, designing, and building three public chicken coops and a 2000-square-foot public farmer’s market.

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    Feb 5 2013: Thanks for having this conversation Emily! I'm currently working on bringing a city-as-a-school model to communities around the nation.

    I'd love to hear more about how you used resources and opportunities in the community for children to learn from.

    In addition, today, schools largely resemble prisons. What are the best design principles to transform schools to more open and accessible?

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