INTRODUCING DESPACIO (QUIETLY/ SLOWLY/RELAX)

Car Free Day in Bogota Colombia 2016

Despacio is an international collaborative program out of Bogotá Colombia, established by Carlos Felipe Pardo and colleagues in Bogotá Colombia founded  in 2011, whose work spans three principal areas:
* Development and life cycle
* Urban-regional development
* Climate change, low carbon policies and emissions reduction

MISSION: Despacio is a research center that has existed since 2008 and was legally constituted as a non-profit organization in Colombia in 2011. Its objective is to promote quality of life in cities and during all stages of the life cycle through applied research, with an emphasis on challenging the intuitive. Its philosophy is similar to that of the Slow Movement and seeks to improve the well-being of communities and individuals from the most individual and familiar aspects (eating, transporting, raising children, organizing at home and at work) to the most collective (planning and managing Human and sustainable cities). We have a multidisciplinary team that seeks to improve the well-being of communities and people at all stages of the life cycle, managing slow, humane, friendly and sustainable cities.
“Our commitment is to the city, the environment, life. “We enjoy the city at the right pace and pace. Let’s go slowly and without haste. “
Their extensive website at http://www.despacio.org/ introduces their capacities and work in Spanish, with significant portions also available in English. To get a feeling for their approach, here’s an extract concerning their approach to climate change policies, actions, proposals and projects:
“Climate change is really a cross-cutting topic for Despacio, because mitigation and urban adaptation to climate change have to be achieved through actions in both the public and private sectors, and at various levels. This means work on a macro scale (through international, national and regional policies) all the way to the most micro (actions taken at home). In this sense, most of the principles of the Slow philosophy applied to the other two issue areas (life cycle and urban-regional development) can help create more sustainable cities at these different levels. Nevertheless, we wanted to undertake activities with a specific environmental focus–and have done so–and therefore decided to make this a separate working topic for Despacio.
To learn more about the Slow philosophy applied to climate change, low-carbon policies and emissions reduction, see our reading lists, as well as our proposals and projects. (Online references at
Find all of Despacio’s content about climate change, low-carbon policies and emissions reduction (news, events, blogposts) here (in Spanish) and here (in English).”
Contact: oficina@despacio.org

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Slow City collaborative program getting underway”

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About the founder of Despacio:

Carlosfelipe Pardo is a Colombian psychologist with a MSc in Contemporary Urbanism Carlos felipe pardo with bike wheelfrom the London School of Economics. He focuses on urban development, mobility, lighting and climate change projects in cities of the developing world. He has participated in technical consultancies in more than 30 cities in Asia, Latin America and Africa, and has coordinated and delivered more than 70 training courses on urban development, climate change, bus rapid systems, non-motorized transport, travel demand management and sustainable transport. CarlosFelipe has experience coordinating projects at a regional level and is also the author of various documents. He has published various cycling documents such as the Guidebook on cycling-inclusive policies for IADB and the Colombian Guide for Cycling infrastructure. He is currently the Executive Director of Despacio.org

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Educated as a development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist and international 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: The Politics of Transport - https://worldstreets.wordpress.com . | Britton online: https://goo.gl/9CJXTh

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