Ido Shelem

Ido Shelem

CEO and Founder of Bridge to the Future

Branding Peripheral Communities from the Inside-Out

Bridge To The Future is an Israeli NGO that works to revive communities in Israel’s periphery. Most of these communities suffer from declining populations, outward migration of the most educated, poor self-image, and declining city revenues. Yet, paradoxically, these communities have a wealth of natural resources, are places of historic interest, and most importantly have an untapped bank of oral history bound up in the lives and traditions of its residents.  We help rebuild these communities by combining economic, political and social capital. Our workshop will present three examples, i) Beit Shean and the Valley of Springs (Israel), ii) the Israeli-Arab Mediterranean coastal town Jizr-a-Zarqa, and iii) the St Clair CDC in Cleveland, Ohio (USA). 

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