Ersilia Foundation is named after one of the cities described by the Italian writer Italo Calvino at his book Invisible Cities * It is the hyperconnected city, connected to all networks of energy, resources and information. Maybe that’s why in Ersilia we like to:

  • Connect ideas, connect people
  • Facilitate the dissemination and communication of scientific, technological and humanistic knowledge, in all its manifestations.
  • Encourage knowledge alliances between businesses, universities, research centres and schools.
  • Promote inter/transdisciplinary learning and research , emphasizing connections between traditionally disciplines such as math, science, history, and language arts, rather than limiting learning to one content area at a time.
  • Embrace knowledge-sharing and co-creation, and organise innovative training schools on inter/transdisciplinary research
  • Share the knowledge acquired in R+I projects and make educational resources freely accessible through internet.
  • Promote the participation of children and young people in projects and planning studies for both listening to their ideas and suggestions as to strengthen their sense of belonging to the place where they live, advancing environmental stewardship and civic engagement.

 

Text: Calvino, Italo (1985) Invisible Cities.

“In Ersilia, to establish the relationships that sustain the city’s life, the inhabitants stretch strings from the corners of the houses, white or black or gray or black-and-white according to whether they mark a relationdhip of blood, of trade, authority, agency. When the strings become so numerous that you can no longer pass among them, the inhabitants leave: the houses are dismantled; only the strings and their supports remain. From a mountainside, camping with their household goods, Ersilia’s refugees look at the labyrinth of taut strings and poles that rise in the plain. That is the city of Ersilia still, and they are nothing. They rebuild Ersilia elsewhere. They weave a similar pattern of strings which they would like to be more complex and at the same time more regular than the other. Then they abandon it and take themselves and their houses still farther away. Thus, when traveling in the territory of Ersilia, you come upon the ruins of abandoned cities, without the walls which do not last, without the bones of the dead which the wind rolls away: spiderwebs of intricate relationships seeking a form.”

Collaborators

  • Jordi de Manuel: biologist, teacher and writer. He has published several collections of short stories and some novels: El pes de la por (Alfaguara) El beuratge (Alfaguara), Tres somnis blaus (Columna;  Valldaura prize), Cels taronges (Columna; Ciutat de Mollerussa prize), Cabells porpres (Columna; Pere Calders, Catalan Literature Prize), L’olor de la pluja (La Magrana), El cant de les dunes (Pagès editors) and El raptor de gnoms (La Magrana) With the collection of stories  Disseccions (Proa) won the prize Reader’s Odyssey, the only literary award which involve a jury of one hundred readers. He is a member of SCCFF (Catalan Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy).
  • Marcel Costa: High School Teacher -IES Castellar (Castellar del Vallès).
  • Francesc Arrey: High School Teacher – IES Enric Borras Badalona
  • Roser Sanllorente: High School Teacher – IES El Palau Sant Andreu de la Barca
  • Ester Casas: Primary School Teacher – Pere Vila
  • Concha Laplana: Primary School Teacher – Seat School
  • Pilar Soro Mateos: Primary School Teacher La Ginesta Schoool- Segur de Calafell (Tarragona). ITWorld Edu Prize 2008
  • Ma.Estrella Trillo: Primary School Teacher Pompeu -Fabra Cunit (Tarragona).
  • Anna Forés Miravalles: Professor- Faculty of Pedagogy at the University of Barcelona