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Stephen Downes

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Beatriz Toscano writes about the Kinderstadt or Ottopia project in Magdeburg, Germany. You can read more about it here (the article is in German but easily translated using your browser). "For two weeks, up to 450 children in around 40 trades were able to pursue professions, start-ups, learn at the Children's University – and rule the city." If you want to learn about democracy, the best way is to practice democracy. "Do systems built by the so-called innocent lead to more just and equal societies, or do they devolve into selfishness and corruption?" asks Toscano. "Ottopia offers a playground for these experiments, with children experiencing governance firsthand."

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