Watch this excellent TED talk by Charles Leadbeater on how radical education innovation often comes from places with huge needs and unmet demands. These kinds of constraints can result in some of the most creative, democratic, need-driven innovations in education. The introduction of technology can especially enable this kind of change. Leadbeater describes his research from the Learning from Extremes project, sponsored by Cisco. As a part of this research, he tracked educational innovations in different slums around the world, including the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and Bello Horizonte in Brazil, slums in Kenya and other parts of Africa, and slums in India. Each of these locations has been home to some of the most revolutionary innovations in education, fueled, as Leadbeater maintains, by the lack of accessibility and quality of education in conventional schools.
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