Welcome to KNOOGLE

Introducing World Streets Worldwide New Mobility Knowledge Browser, 3.0

brain2KNOOGLE: Use it like Google, but . . . the great advantage over the usual Google search is that (a) it is much more compact and focused in its offering, because (b) it scans and reports on the work and offering of the carefully selected key sources that are leading the way.

Click here to test KNOOGLE: http://knoogle.ecoplan.org

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Happiness: The Transformative Role of Sustainable Transport

In the late spring of 2012 the diligent editor of World Streets was visited by a young Canadian writer who announced that he was working on a book about “Happy Cities”, and in this context wanted to talk  about my experience in and Charles Montgomery in trafficthoughts on the happiness arena, with particular attention to issues concerning ordinary people, people like Thee and Me, in our day-to-day lives: issues of mobility and public space, needs meet and unmet, individualism and community, time and distance, behavior and equity,  economy and democracy . . .  in Paris and around the world. Why not?  What the hell, maybe I will learn something from him.

Charles Montgomery’s merciless interrogation lasted a full day,followed by extensive correspondence over the course of the next year.  Toward the end of 2013 his book “Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design” was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York. One year later the 368 page volume has just appeared in an affordable paperback edition, and is now widely available in bookshops, and of course the Internet. (PS. Support your local bookshop, it is a happier experience!) We thank the author and the publisher for permission to share the following extracts with our readers to celebrate the low-cost editions now available.

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At a Hard Time: The Metrics of Well-Being.

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Paris, 7 January 2015

What is happiness? What is well-being?  What should we be targeting for our societies? It is important for active citizens in a participatory democracy (there is no other) that we come to a broadly shared vision of where we want to go, a straight-forward consistent strategy for how to get there, and some kind of measure so that we can see how we are doing.  Sad to say all three are  are lacking today and  we all are paying a high price for it. And if anything especially today.

je suis charlieListening ot the radio a few hours after the murderous attack  at Charlie Hebdo, I turned on my computer to find a short essay by Sandra Waddock, Professor of Management at Boston College, to an on-going discussion of “The Degrowth Alternative” currently underway under the aegis of a program of the Tellus Institute, The Great Transition Initiative – http://goo.gl/guWVeD   (Prof. Waddock can be contacted…

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Cars in China Today: What does this little picture say to you?

This little picture gives us a few ideas about cars in China today.  Important if we bear in mind that today is the first day of the future.

China traffic third Beling ring road - all new and clean

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World Streets Vidéothèque: Latest edition (Try Slugging)

In response to our New Year’s annual roundup of the library of striking and informative videos assembled over the last years by the editor and readers of World Streets, one just came in today from New Zealand, thanks to Paul Minett, Chairman of the Ridesharing Institute. To contact him directly, email him at paulminett@tripconvergence.co.nz.

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World Streets Vidéothèque

ws-movie-projectorThe Tellus Institute of Boston Massachusetts has recently initiated a collaborative program looking into alternative Urban Mobility Futures which will certainly be of interest to many readers of World Streets.  Initial background information on their program along with direct links to the appropriate sites will be found below. But today we thought to see if we might be useful in response to a request from them which has just come in, as follows:

With  the dawn of a new academic semester for some members of this group, we aim to identify resources (especially video materials) that are useful for classroom use on the general subject of “post-automobility futures.”

No problem: World Streets can be of some help since we have made it a habit over the years to identify, keep track of and share widely particularly interesting videos that will be of use to students, researchers, environmentalists, the media, activists and others wishing to follow new ideas and approaches on various aspects of the New Mobility Agenda.

* As of this date the World Streets Vidéothèque offers a collection of 63 films which are conveniently available at https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/tag/videotheque/, coming from two dozen countries and showing us the good, bad and the ugly of transport in cities.

And while you are at it, it certainly would be a pity to miss the excellent collection of original videos which has been assembled over the last eight years by Clarence Eckerson and his team of talented videographers that you can find freely at http://www.streetfilms.org/.

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