We live at a time when the people at the top who have to make or influence decisions in our sector are time-starved, over-burdened and, truth to tell, not about to spend a lot of time reading, or even listening or otherwise trying to ingest the great glaciers of data views and recommendations that are about to inundate and eventually freeze them solid for more thousands of years. But for those of us who see ourselves as change-agents, we need to find ways to capture their attention in order to widen their intellectual pallet in order to draw their attention to a range of new ideas and alterative problem-solving approaches beyond the ones that normally inform (and limit) their choices. Well, what about a series of attention-grabbing, lesson-purveying one-minute movies that can get them thinking in broader terms? And better than that, share with their families and colleagues. Might we have a look and think about this together?
How this is going to work
It is our dead-serious intention to make use of all the tools and tricks we can lay our hands on to get the basic message of this program across: namely that to save the planet, our cities and indeed ourselves, we really should be trying to understand better what happens if people start to think more in terms of not things, physical objects, but rather of services, i.e., whatever it is that they really need. You will find one or twice in this site the frequently quoted citation of Aristotle that . . . “On the whole, you find wealth much more in use than in ownership.”
Our goal in selecting and sharing these short films is not to try to convert people in a single minute or two to our priorities and our way of thinking, but rather to familiarize them just a bit in a soft way about the fact that there are, in fact, other ways of seeing and doing things when it comes to getting around in cities. We want to open a few doors . . . but no pushing.
We intend in this section to provide a certain number of very short videos that in our view can help get these points across. And since many of our international readers are not that familiar with fast-paced English dialogue, we shall try to limit ourselves to videos which are image- and not word-heavy. Here you have our first small handful of candidates for your attention. Your comments are most welcome.
Netherlands: Homage to Hans Monderman
Almost without words – an unexpected street interview in Groningen, a slice of life as lived by our old friend and transport innovating colleague Robert Stussi. Robert has entitled it: “Unexpected interview in Groningen. An Homage to Hans Monderman”. Hear, hear!
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France: Carsharing (Well, It’s almost your own car)
This little 43 second video without words was one of a series of short films developed by the French carshare group Mobizen to give people a feel for the power and the limitations of carsharing. not quite your own car!
Dubai: Car Free What ??
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Mexico: A Car Free Day
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UK: Honey, you gotta slow down
Let’s start at the beginning. It is the consistent position of our transport sharing program that much of what is wrong with our current transportation arrangements in cities could be greatly alleviated if we can just find ways to slow down. A bare five miles per hour over the speed limit on a city street, and you have this . . .
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Using our minds and tools
UNLEARNING as a sustainability strategy?
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Massive Scale Online Collaboration
- Stop at 8:26
As hard as getting to Mars (But no harder)
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And finally to change your thinking just a bit about rush hour?
(And if you wish to share our reflections on this last one, please check us out at https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/bodhisattva-in-the-metro/
– – > Stay tuned to this station. More to follow.
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About the editor:
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Bio: Britton is an American political scientist and sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest book, "BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transport to Your City" focuses on the subject of environment, equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions. A pre-publication edition of Better Choices is currently undergoing an international peer review during Sept.- Oct. 2017, with the goal of publication in English and Chinese editions by end-year. If you wish to participate drop a line to BetterChoices@ecoplan.org .