Introduction to the Joint Venture
At the beginning of 2017, the Berl Katznelson Educational Center and the Social Economic Academy (SEA) decided to join together and expand their cooperation which began in 2014. The cooperation lead to the establishment of a strategic joint venture aiming to lay the foundation for a thriving, young and pro-active voice and leadership in Israel today. The strategic venture leverages the two partnering institutes towards establishing a central and defining hub that advances a democratic, just and equal Israeli society. Based on a three-tiered approach, the joint venture will engage in public and educational outreach and next-generation leadership development. The joint venture will cultivate a committed and well-equipped cadre of change agents that will pro-actively leverage their research, innovative programming and training opportunities to bring about change locally and nationally. The cadre will inlcude public opinion and policy shapers, thinkers and researchers, future officials, economists and others who will shape Israeli society for generations to come.
About Berl Katznelson Educational Center
The Berl Katznelson Educational Center, is part of the foundation which was established in 1944 to commemorate the life and work of Berl Katznelson, an influential Labor Movement leader and one of the prominent leaders of the Zionist movement in Israel, realizing his vision of a center for political thought and leadership. Ever since, the Berl Katznelson Educational Center has been working to advance equality and social justice in Israel, engaging researchers, public sector professionals and activists in thought-provoking educational programs.
The Social Economic Academy
The Social Economic Academy (SEA) was established in 2004 with the aim of strengthening the base of support for socioeconomic equality in Israel by increasing access to knowledge and engagement of diverse segments in Israeli society. The SEA works to achieve these goals through dissemination of knowledge about key social and economic issues and policies, fostering and training leadership among key groups in the civil, private, and public sectors, and garnering public support for progressive ideas and policies in Israel.