The Mayor of Paris invites you to leave your car in the garage

velib-guy Paris has a sustainable transportation strategy. It is working pretty well and they continue to make steady progress on it, though with miles to go before they sleep. What makes Paris particularly interesting and instructive  as a real world example is that  for many years it did not, and by the early 70s there were first big infrastructure initiatives knocking at the door that would have certainly turned it from being a city for people into a city for cars. And that particular destiny, by the way, was not just  a random series of events. It was premeditated,  largely shared in policy circles and destined to happen. At the time, in 1974, the Prefect for Paris (Paris did not at that point have its own mayor and hence a focal point and guardian of that special qualities) famously said (in my approximate but not inaccurate memory) “Parisians are born with two legs and four wheels”. Oops!

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Invitation to “Brussels”: European Citizens Mobility Forum on a New Mobility Paradigm, 23 March 2015

IRU Brussles report - cover photo of young womanOn the assumption that your plans may not have you in Brussels on Monday in time to join the meeting, but that you are nonetheless interested to follow the event and what might come out of it, this is an invitation for you to join the event as an “auditor”. In this capacity, all you need to do is sign in here and let us know of your interest. You will then receive the latest version of the brainstorming piece as will be discussed during the peer review session, working notes and observations of the participants, and a copy of the final wrap up report about a week later with, hopefully, a certain number  of followup steps or proposals. This will also give you an opportunity for comments and critical views which will be shared with the participants and other auditors (if we have your permssiion to do so).

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Convergence: Understanding the New Mobility Paradigm – European Citizens Mobility Forum, Brussels 23 March 2015

IRU workshop cover page - 23mar15
The purpose of this first exploratory workshop hosted by the European Citizens Mobility Forum (ECMF) is to solicit peer reviews, critical commentary and action recommendations on the part  of the expert participants on the ideas and proposals set out for the group by the invited speaker.  Observations and recommendations both from the vantage of their specific organizations, and more generally to the ECMF as a major organization responsible for collective land passenger transport. The complete text of this working presentation follows.

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Notable Figures shaping the field

Originally posted on Sustainable Development, Economy & Democracy:

People whose work advances the frontier of knowledge in our field and whose contributions (and character) you should know something about.

Working under such a tight schedule with close to no time for outside reading, in order to get a feel for what is happening at and indeed shaping the leading edge of understanding and development in our chosen field of study, we have to divide this important part of the seminar into convenient parts and tasks.  to this end I have asked each of you to spend a bit of time in getting to know something about the character and contributions of at least one assigned person on this list, and then in the class and later in writing provide us with a brief introduction to them, to their work . . . and to the extent that your research permits to their character. (Admittedly that being no easy job…

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Sustainability concepts and key terms you will do well to become familiar with

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magnifying glassIt is obviously impossible in three short days, even of eight hard hours each, that the members of our seminar can become familiar with the long list of concepts which follow (and which of course do not even starts to empty out the full vocabulary which is necessary to master in order to move from observer to actor on the sustainable development scene).  However the list gives us a good starting point and during the course of the lectures and discussions every effort was made to introduce and discuss a number of these terms.

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