Urban Innovation, the Bookstop Project in Colombia

As previously noted part of the PCDN team is in Colombia for a short period. As part of our trip we are meeting with organizations and individuals working on innovation, social change and social entrepreneurship in the country. We have already done two interviews in Medellin. The first was on Parque Explora one of the most amazing museums in the world  see our short interview below

Posted by PCDNetwork on Sunday, July 2, 2017

The second interview was with Makaia an amazing organization in Medellin (click here from more details and the video).

Alejandra one of the staff who works at the park library in the north of Bogota.
picture of the a library park in the north of Bogota.

Today we did a short interview on the amazing bus and park libraries in Bogota. We interviewed Alejandra one of the staff who works at a park in the North of Bogota, as well as Juan Camilo one of the users of the system. This is the second interview we’ve done in the recent times about this amazing and inspiring project.  There are now over 60 mini-libraries in public parks, grocery stores and other unique spaces. The Paraderos Paralibros Para Parques libraries serve as a place where the community can come and read, engage in cultural activities and connect. They are sponsored by the organization Fundlectura and I know from my visits to city we have certainly made use of PPP and also seen the tremendous positive impact they have on people.

See our interview from July 8th, 2017.

Great to chat with Alejandra & juan Camilo about the bookstop to read in the #park in #bogota Alcaldía Mayor de Bogotá #culture #innovation #creativity #urban #colombia

Posted by PCDNetwork on Saturday, July 8, 2017


as well are our previous interview in 2016.



What are some of your favorite urban innovations? Imagine if all cities in the world started to put innovation and culture at the heart of their planning and engagement.

Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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