Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
– William Butler Yeats
World Streets has from the beginning been intended to serve as a journal of record of the difficult world wide transition to sustainable transport, sustainable cities and sustainable lives. And as a lively world-wide partner, free resource and multi-faceted toolkit for concerned citizens and decision makers as they try to sort their way through the complexity and contradictions of bringing sustainable transport to our cities and their hard to serve hinterlands. Many of our seven thousand-plus signed-in readers will for the most part keep their eye on the latest articles as they appear.
But there are others — students, educators, researchers, consultants, those working in concerned government agencies, transporters and other suppliers to the sector, city planners, activists, civil society, journalists, citizens looking for international background on specific topics — who need to have quick access to what the site has to offer. Which, it turns out, is quite a lot. Let’s have a look.
From the editor, Paris, 12 May 2018.
This important session is still in incomplete working draft form. It will be substtanially expanded and updated in the weeks ahead.
Getting around here
This is a large, complex and challenging working site, which has taken shape step by step as the result of a process of research, discussion and communication over this first decade, since the first day of publication on 30 March 2008.
TOP MENU: If this is your first visit to World Streets, we suggest that you take a bit of time to work your way across the top menu which sets out the main building blocks of this platform. You should find it pretty straight forward and intuitive.
Keep your eye out for the ongoing plans and projects under the top heading “Challenge Projects”, which we propose to our readers as important topic areas for eventual collaboration and action, starting with an invitation for your critical comments and to open up a dialogue in case you might be interested in getting involved in some way.
RIGHT HAND MENU: Our second navigational ally is the right hand menu which is extremely rich. And if you are to take full advantage of the platform we warmly suggest you take at least a bit of time to work your way down and through the various menu items so that you will be comfortable in accessing them when useful and to get full advantage of these tools.
SEARCHING: We have made a particular effort to put into your hands a set of versatile search engines which will support your research requirements at a number of levels. To benefit from this quickly, we propose that you spend a bit of time with the materials set out in the extensive * SEARCH section of the top menu right.
OPENING DAY: Finally if you have a bit of time and wish to get a feel for the dynamics of this ongoing process, we would point you to the editor’s opening note to the reader of the first edition of World Streets back in 2008, which you can find at https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/first-time/
With that to get us going, let me end with an invitation for your active participation in the discussions which are going on here. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com , Skype: newmobility. T. +336 5088 0787
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Collaborative Challenge Projects
Priority challenges for collaborative team projects targeted for 2018-2020. Click for background and latest details here. Since the appearance of the first edition of World Streets on 31 March 2008, World Streets now serves 7,289 signed-in readers (26-04-18), from 149 countries on all continents. The program and the various project initiatives are commented and guided by an informal volunteer group of 63 distinguished international colleagues from a wide array of disciplines, countries and backgrounds to help keep us on our toes.
* Projects marked with an asterisk are part of our continuing long term research and action program. But after more than a decade of hard work every day, we have learned that negotiating the bumpy road of sustainable transport, sustainable cities and sustainable lives is not a one-man job. Hence this outreach and the ongoing search for partners, sponsors, contributors and researchers for collaborative projects.
Challenge team projects for 2018-2020
* AFRICA STREETS: – https://bit.ly/2Hx7YeC
* BETTER CHOICES (Book project) – https://bit.ly/2HnTpdS
* CAR FREE DAYS 2.0 (REBOOT) – https://bit.ly/2H6zEtH
* NEW MOBILITY MASTER CLASSES: 2018 – https://bit.ly/2IDmq4J
* SAFE CITY STRATEGIES: Managing the Transition – https://wp.me/psKUY-5cy
* VELIB OPEN CASE STUDY: https://bit.ly/2vZwunc
* WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE – https://bit.ly/2HlgC
On-going New Mobility Agenda long term initiatives
* WORLD STREETS: The Politics of Transport In Cities – https://bit.ly/2qg7QJH
* WORLD TRANSPORT POLICY & PRACTICE – https://bit.ly/2JxgA6g
* NEW MOBILITY COMBINED SEARCH ENGINES – https://bit.ly/2IFC5Rf
Long term transition programs
* SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, ECONOMY AND DEMOCRACY – https://bit.ly/2C6q1W8
* RETHINKING WORK: New Ways to Work in an Information Society – https://bitly.com/
* THE NEW CIRCULAR ECONOMY: Vision, Strategy, Policy, Practice – https://bit.ly/2HSzfvq
CONTACT: Should you be interested in receiving more background on any of these projects, or some form of involvement, support or participation in any of these projects you are warmly invited to get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Skype: newmobility (one word). T. +336 5088 0787 or email@example.com (We answer our mail.)
About the coordinator
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Bio: Educated as an international development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. 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, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities | See Britton online at https://goo.gl/9CJXTh and @ericbritton