Reposting exceptional contributions

On a regular basis members of our collaborating international networks forward to our attention articles or reports which have recently appeared in the print or e-press, and which they propose could interest our readers.

After internal review, discussions and selection, we occasionally get in touch with the author or publisher of the selected piece and ask for permission to reprint. It the original is more than 3000 or so words, our approach is to see to try to knock down the original contents to something less and still have something that makes a good and useful read. In all cases we send the reduced version to the author for their go-ahead.

Each reposted article opens with a short introduction by one of our editors, in which we attempt in less than 150 words or so to put the original piece into our context. Beyond that we request that the author’s send us a small head shot and a short bio note (les than 100 words) which we place at the end of the published version.

We also ask for the URL for the original so that our readers can see it in full and in your context.

The driving thought behind this is that we here at World Streets need to do our bit to ensure that the exceptional insights, the pattern break concepts, the challenging ideas that can help us all turn sustainable transport from theory to practice in cities and communities across the planet get broadest possible circulation. and comment. The following map is intended to give you an idea of the breadth of our readership in the opening days of 2011. (And yes, we find those great white swaths especially in China, Africa and the former Soviet Union and much of Latin America disturbing omissions, and yes we are working on it.)

If you have any questions about this (or suggestions as to how we can handle this better), please get in touch.

Eric Britton | editor@worldstreets.org | Tel. +331 7550 3788 | Skype: newmobility

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