The JDC Institute for Leadership and Governance focuses on the top leaders of Israel – philanthropists, lay leaders, senior government officials, mayors and municipal leaders. Its vision is to bring leaders together to achieve wide, measurable, and sustainable social impact in Israel. This includes improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable populations, and closing social gaps. One of the projects operated by the Institute is Regional Clusters — an innovative model for boosting local authorities in selected areas.
The cluster is, in essence, an advanced municipal tool created to achieve a few main goals:
- Enhancing the quality of local services and widening the variety and availability of the services offered
- Establishing partnerships among the local authorities in the region
- Deepening the collaboration between the local authorities and the public sector, the private sector and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
On Monday, 31-Jul-2017, the Regional Clusters forum will hold a special learning session focused on Regional Economic Development Worldwide, featuring two speakers:
Prof. Rafi Segal is an award-winning designer and Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at MIT. Segal’s practice engages research and design on both the architectural and urban scale with projects in Israel, Africa, and the United States.
His projects include the Kitgum Peace Museum in Uganda, the Ashdod Museum of Art and the winning proposal for the international competition for planning the National Library of Israel.
He has co-authored In Search of the Public: Notes on the Contemporary American City (2013); Cities of Dispersal (2008); Territories—Islands, Camps, and Other States of Utopia (2003); and A Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Architecture (2003). His work has gained international recognition and has been exhibited widely, most notably at KunstWerk, Berlin; Venice Biennale of Architecture; MOMA in New York; and at the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Urbanism Biennale.
Segal’s writings and exhibitions have provided a critical contribution to architecture’s role in the peripheries of our cities.
Segal holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and two degrees from Technion–Israel Institute of Technology –M.Sc and B.Arch. His research and teaching at MIT deal with the history and theory of urban form and contemporary strategies and methods in urban design, currently exploring new models for collective housing, communal neighborhoods, and the transformation of our suburbs and urban peripheries into more viable and sustainable environments.
Prof. Yesha Sivan is the Executive Director of The Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University Coller School of Management — a knowledge hub focusing on research and advancement of the global venture and innovation ecosystem.
Sivan received his doctorate from Harvard University. He has taught EMBA, MBA, engineering and design courses in his areas of expertise. His professional experience includes developing and deploying innovative solutions for corporate, hi-tech, government, and defense environments (see for example the Harvard 9-Keys for Knowledge Infrastructure). He published numerous papers in the areas of strategy and IT, innovation and venture, knowledge, 3D3C virtual worlds, and standards. He is a frequent invited speaker in venture and innovation forums in Israel and worldwide.
In addition, he is the founder of Metaverse Labs (MVL) –a leading think tank focusing on innovation via virtual and real worlds. As CIV’s Executive Director, Sivan is responsible for setting and implementing the strategic development at the Institute together with its platform infrastructure.
His recent work, “Employment Black Holes” (co-authored with Nathan Zeldes) explores policy measures that city leaders must take to discover their city’s unique advantages and use them to create, develop and sustain quality jobs.
The learning session will be closed to the general public. However, CIV community members wishing to attend are requested to contact Dr. Vladi Dvoyris.