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Venice - Eternal Learning City?  
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‘the world has been flattened by the force of technology and economics -- the real effects of the telecommunications revolution if you will -- and in its wake we are witnessing a rebirth of an age-old concept of the "city-state" or more precisely, the "region-state." These new quasi-governmental entities, like the ancient city-states of Athens, Venice and Rome, have the power -- some would call it innate sovereignty -- to control their future in this new world order; but only to the extent they recognize that information is power in this new age, and information technology, the tools of wealth creation’

John M Eger

 

Some observers believe that there will be a resurgence of the ‘city-state’ or ‘region-state’ with more power and influence in the modern world. Venice had to learn first how to build a city on the marshes of its lagoon and later became a powerful city state, exercising dominion over much of the Mediterranean. More recently it has to learn how to cope with the flooding of its most beautiful squares and buildings.