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The Realm of Human Knowledge and Learning

The Endowment of “The True” concerns how the production and distribution of knowledge relates to thriving in three intersecting areas: culture, democracy, and the economy. Education and knowledge production in these three areas connect across the life span of individuals from youth to old age, across flows of information and thought within communities, and in both formal and informal spaces of education and learning.

Although this endowment tends to focus on formal schooling, there are certainly multiple instances in which schools operate in connection with education more broadly defined. For example, school governance can be a site of educative democratic practice (for adults) and schools can build on cultural expression and modes of communication prevalent outside of the classroom. Even alongside formal schooling, similar institutions and places operate as sites of knowledge production and distribution. Whether in a school setting or outside of school, any educational endeavor faces core questions about the purposes of knowledge production and distribution.

To learn more about the Endowment of the True, download our research brief below.

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Thriving from the Center: Freeing Urban Innovation from Ideology

With patience, with equanimity, and with discernment, we can identify new potentials to provide opportunities for growth and prosperity to everyone.

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The Good
The Beautiful
The Prosperous
The Just and Well-Ordered
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A View from the Twin Cities

Is MSP really Greater? A brief look at the Human Ecology of Minnesota’s Twin Cities reveals tremendous upside along with numerous challenges.

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About Thriving Cities

Learn about Thriving Cities through an animated overview of the project.

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The Power of Play in the Public Square

The renovated Place de la République shows the power of the public square.

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The Prosperous
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Why the New Flows of Capital Matter for Cities

Cities are increasingly being eyed by tech companies for their social dynamism and ability to generate innovation. This will have tremendous consequences for the future of society.

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Schools and Local Government: The Best and Worst of Us

From economic protectionism to police brutality to plain old corruption, small governments get into a lot of big brotherish kind of trouble. But if local government is sometimes bad, the alternative is not always better.