A couple of years ago, an initiative was taken to transform Chicago into a City of Learning. This project aims at making visible the uncountable opportunities to learn inside and - in particular - outside schools. Besides a lot of experience and fun, participants can earn so-called badges. Badges are standardised descriptions of competences that you have developed. These badges are supplementing (or even substituting) credits earned in schools. Other cities like Bristol, Dalles and Madrid followed this initiative and it was subsequently adopted by Unesco.
In my view becoming a City of Learning is an indispensable part of becoming a Smart City. Therefore, I wonder whether some volunteers are willing to explore the idea and possibly take an initiative accordingly.
Below you can enter the website of Chicago City of Learning. Those who want to kno more, typing 'city of learning' in your browser reveals many examples