The Equity Initiative: Getting Started (work in progress)

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Working draft of 21 March 2013 (under revision):

The goal of this open collaborative project and learning exercise, which spans the period January 2012 to December 2013, is to organize, hold and report on a series of public conversations in a small number of host cities on different continents, meeting with and seeking out  the views of a broad cross-section  of people, groups and interests who agree to brainstorm with us on  the concept of equity as a potential base for a new transportation paradigm and  strategy for the city.

This concept of creating a high-efficiency  equity-based transport system for your city is, if I may say so, an amazingly simple as well as effective approach to transport policy and practice, in that once you understand and accept the basic principle a huge number of other good things follow. (To summarise here.)

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What kind of book?

If you want to have an advanced  taste for some of the content, approach  and the general voice of the book, you may want to consider clicking to which will all up a selection of articles and comments which are now in process for the final. Please understand that these are incomplete working drafts, and moreover that they are of uneven quality up to now. That is part of the challenge.

In the meantime, you may note when you call them up they are presented to you simply with the latest postings on top. Which of course is not the order in which they are being treated in the book now in process.

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Note from the author:

It’s amazing what happens if you take a person of more or less average intelligence, say me, and expose her or him for a couple of decades to (a) a single complex, interlocking  and important set of policy issues  — and all the while and with what great luck (b) put them in frequent working contact with a couple of thousand bright, energetic and generous people in different parts of the world who share these concerns, each in their own way, and are not shy about sharing their views.  (I call this collection of people, by the way, our “invisible college”.)

In my case the consistent issues that absorb my time and thoughts are sustainable transport, sustainable cities and sustainable lives – all of which in the context of continuing attention to the needs of people like you, me and those we care for in our ordinary day to day lives.  And all this with consistent (there is that word again) priority attention to the important issues of environment, efficiency, equity and social justice. My impression is that person after person, day after day, and year after year, and assuming you have a fair mind and some decent luck with your health, you can learn a lot and maybe even make a contribution here or there. It also makes, may I say, for a full and rewarding life. Recommended!


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