Through hybrid configurations of leadership, the metropolitan discipline is like a “third space” in which it’s possible to engage HEI professors and stakeholders in truly authentic learning activities (assisted by rapid advances in digital technology).The way of conceiving the metropolitan training programme is completely new as it is based on a learning-by-doing methodology that allows knowledge building participation process where the HEI teachers can benefit from the awareness of the specific needs and objectives that the stakeholders – and civil servants in particular – will be able to express. The students, professors and professionals will work together in order to share ideas and discuss pioneering solutions for the problems of managing contemporary metropolis. The metropolitan training programme will define a broader disciplinary framework where different skills and competences will be provided and brought together by a common metropolitan interest. We expect that the participants will accomplish better understanding of the complexity of cities, identifying successful practices that could be transferred to other metropolitan areas, and introducing the debate about the need for a new metropolitan discipline accounting for management approaches to the large urban scale.
The Tellme Training is designed as an interdisciplinary course. The complexity of the city design today combines a high number of diverse disciplines that all contribute to form the body of knowledge necessary to act in the territorial and urban environment. Built and Natural Environment, Economics, Law, Governance and Sociology are all tools to be used by the developer in the process of decision-making.
The aim of the interdisciplinary approach is providing the participants with additional knowledge of subjects that have not been studied in their previous disciplinary profile. It is not intended to give participants the education level equivalent to a discipline that has not studied, but that they are able to understand the mechanisms of the subjects, which are not primarily theirs. And understand that priorities are set different when coming from a different discipline – they should learn to think “out of their box’ and have some inside views in other boxes”. The training course aims to equip participants with the ability to articulate a dialogue/narrative on all subjects that make up the framework of metropolitan project and be able to integrate the overall urbanization process in their strategic plans.
Since teaching and learning the metropolitan disciplinary curriculum is not static, it is considered an open topic. The curriculum follows the intentions and the general indications of the discipline, defines the competences and the learning goals. It integrates and not only sums different and complex disciplinary knowledge. Therefore, its purpose is not to replicate the knowledge that already has been imparted by sector during a master course, but will underline the elaboration of a model of integration between the various issues addressed. In short, the goal is to properly train the metropolitan groups rather than giving lessons on techniques and skills that become obsolete in a few years. It results in civil servants and stakeholders’ positive attitude towards the uncertainty and complexity of the physical and social scenarios of the metropolitan dimension. Standardized and regular programs of knowledge that communicate invariant content are no longer suitable to the rapid changes. Moreover, the professional and conventional technicians alone are no longer appropriate. The metropolitan discipline allows acquiring a capacity for integrated visions and thought. It is necessary to learn how to select the required information in order to understand the priorities that are not only effective today but are valid and sustainable in the long time span.