World Streets Consult: 2013

One way of looking at World Streets and its partners, publications, programs, multiple networks, complex systems networkfocus groups. continuing research and professional activity in our chosen field is to see it as the visible tip of a very large “iceberg” of experience and competence which can be put to work on your projects and programs.  By making use of and supporting our consultancy and advisory services through World Streets Consult, you are also helping us to fund and carry on with the non-profit work of the journal. Here are some of the ways in which this competence can be put to work for your city, agency or firm..

Contents

  1. Consultancy and Advisory Services
  2. Joint consulting projects
  3. Test Drive your project
  4. Conferences
  5. Field Trips/Cities Tours
  6. Training
  7. Presentations
  8. Master Classes
  9. Media
  10. Representation/Missions
  11. Mediation/Negotiation
  12. Program Leader
  13. Clients

CONSULTANCY/ADVISORY  SERVICES.

Our strategic consultancy/advisory capabilities are intended to be most useful at key strategic intervals to brainstorm,  cross-check, review, support and eventually, if circumstances warrant, even to help you sell your new project or plan. These projects can be carried out either on a confidential in-house basis, or as an open public review.

Experience shows that our services are most useful: (a) as the project is being formed up in the initial questioning, scoping and planning stages, (b)  at strategic intervals for mid-term reviews and suggested fine-tuning; (c) on-line consultation and discussion as the project moves ahead, and (d) project launch.  Then it can be helpful in some cases if there are occasional (but not too often) periodic reviews and commentaries.  But the point is that our services are useful in relatively  small strategic doses and cannot substitute for the technical capabilities and staff work that will be critical to make sure your project succeeds.

What we bring to such working partnerships is probably above all two things: (a) a real capacity and taste for international, cross-disciplinary team work, along with (b) great breadth of experience in the field, both in terms of our having worked with vastly different kinds of cities and of projects and approaches, technological and other.  Probably the best way we can sum this up for a first time visitor who does not know our work is by pointing you to the following  “mind map” which we use to summarise both the complexity and the promise of new initiatives in this field.  We understand that people with operating responsibilities simply do not have the time to follow what is going on at the leading edge in all these fields and areas of activity. But that is what we bring to our working  partnerships, along with a very strong drive for success.

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JOINT PROJECTS.

We have a long experience with joint projects/program support, working  in tight collaboration with some of the most capable consultancy groups, NGOs, university programs, and local associations working in these areas. Again, in these cases our inputs are strategic and complementary to the central technical core of the project or program, which are the competence of our partners.

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Test Drive your NEW project

There comes a moment in a new project cycle where an experienced external critical eye may be useful. Often within an organization projects unfold and take life in a climate of solidarity, with the members of your team being committed to the success of your central idea. Naturally enough, we being human, such a situation can set up a climate of agreement, or at worse even a form of cognitive dissonance in which most of those directly involved feel so strongly committed to the success of the venture that they are not prepared to argue the eventual downsides and weak points. But there comes a time in a project or new initiative’s life in which a certain level of discomfort may be called for.  And that is perhaps where we may come in — to take a careful external view of your project in as many of the parts where we have competence, and then tell you frankly what we think.

Again, this is not always a comfortable experience, but it can be a lot cheaper, faster and less destructive  than going to market with a flawed plan and learning the hard way.

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* TRAINING.  We work with clients to organize in-house training programs and workshops in our areas of acknowledged competence, lasting several days or up to 2 weeks.  Careful initial discussions and a detailed work plan that we arrive at together are critical to the success of these projects.
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* PRESENTATIONS. Public presentations or keynote speeches in support of your conferences or events. We do not have pre-cooked presentations, since the goal is time is to find the right mesh between the orientation of the event and the audience, and our ability to draw on the best sources and arguments to ensure a lively and engaging presentation and discussion.  For such assignments, it is our practice to provide the sponsor within a week of the presentation a short report on our findings, observations and eventual conclusions and recommendations.
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* CONFERENCES.  This is something we do often and well. You can bring us in to help you organise significant conferences or events on the broad theme of sustainable transport, but with tightly focused high profile themes, along with bringing in some of the most recognized innovators and authorities in the field to make presentations and eventually lead parallel panels or workshops.
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* MASTER CLASSES. We organise Master Classes for young professionals and university students in the various areas in which we work. These last from two days to two weeks. Get in touch and we can talk about it.
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Field Trips/CITY TOURS.

We organise and lead foreign delegations, study tours and missions in Europe, looking into some of the leading cities,  projects and innovations in our field, including in the golden triangle of Paris, Lyon and Strasburg. As possible we like to invite the visiting delegations to take some time in their host city to present  something about their work, preoccupations and hopes for the future. We find that two-way exchanges are far richer than passive visits and the usual one-way intellectual traffic.  After each visit we prepare a wrap-up report with recommendations and clarifications that are intended to deepen the learning experience.
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  MEDIA RELATIONS

Sometimes it can help to have a respected external voice to explain and comment projects, programs and strategies to and with the print and electronic media. Our proejct leades are well equipped to talk to the meida about your problem or proejct.
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FILMs/VIDEOs

If you spend some time in World Streets or our Facebook sites you will doubtless notice that we give considerable attention not only to verbal communication but also to photographs and other graphics which can help to underscore, broaden and cement the reader’s feel for the issues under discussion.

We also have a track record of working with filmmakers and videographers to bring in our experience and feel for how people get around in cities under a very broad range of constraints and circumstances. These partnerships have worked well and  if you have a project of your own in process we will be pleased to tell you more about them.


MEDIATION AND NEGOTIATION.

Moving from traditional to sustainable practices in the transport sector can often be a divisive experience for a community.  There are times when a trusted independent outside voice and more complete dialogue can help lower the temperature to reach a better level of social consensus, harmony and finally, better performing systems.
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WHO makes use of our services

We have served and continue to work with a wide range of international organizations, NGOs, government, public agencies, cities, operators, industrial suppliers, financial institutions, universities, schools, developers, conference organizers, consultants, media groups, civil society.  In cities of all sizes and on all continents.

International Organizations:
European Commission, OECD, United Nations, ILO, UNIDO, UNEP

National Government/Agencies:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cost Rica, Dubai, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam

Cities:
Adelaide, Ahmanson Ranch, Beijing, Beirut, Bilbao, Bogotá, Bridgeport, Buenos Aires, Faro, Guadalajara, Helsinki, Jiaozuo, Kaohsiung, Lisbon, Madrid, Monaco, Paris, Perth, Rome, Saigon, Sao Paulo, Taipei, Tallinn, Toronto, Westport,  Zürich.

Private sector clients:

These can be very rewarding associations, not only because these clients are prepared to pay properly  and promptly for professional services, but also because it is our experience that they have very focused ideas of what they want to accomplish, which is not always the case with our public sector clients who are, having no fierce accounting  bottom line to direct their thoughts and acts, as opposed to our public sector clients who often are  more experimental and  not so tightly focused.  In truth it is good to be able to work in both thee environments.

Among the prestigious firms with whom we have worked in the past, we are proud to be able to include: Bandag, Bridgestone, British Leyland, DAF, Fiat, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, IBM, MAN, Michelin, Peugeot, Renault, RVI, Scania, Shell, Volvo.

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Program Leader: Eric Britton

Trained as a development economist, Francis Eric Knight Britton is founding editor of World Streets and managing director of EcoPlan International, an independent eb-smart-7advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. His work focuses on the subject of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport, and helping governments to ask the right questions and find practical solutions to urban transport issues.

Eric leads and/or organizes projects in the areas briefly introduced below, which most of the time require interdisciplinary skills and in-depth collaboration with the client, to have access to the necessary full range of technical and strategic competences needed to get the job done. As required, leadership will be assumed by colleagues who may have a better mix of competences for the job at hand, at which point Britton becomes a team member.  Over 2012 and 2013 he is “test-driving” key elements of his new book, The Third Transportation Revolution: A Tale of Cities, Indolence, Complexity and. . . Simplicity, via a series of conferences and workshops with public agencies, suppliers and critical audiences in cities around the world.

- – - >More on Britton  at http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7
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NOW WHAT?

If you think you have a problem or a project that we may be able to help you with, give a call or better yet a Skype conference so that we can quickly review to see if there is a good fit and the competence to do the job that is needed.  The goal will be to come up with a concise work statement, schedule and budget to see if there is a base for continuing the discussions.

To get in touch:

Email: eric.britton@ecoplan.org. Skype: newmobility
9, rue Gabillot   69003 Lyon France  |  T. +339 8326 9459|
9440 Readcrest Dr. Los Angeles, CA  90210  |   Tel. +1 213  985 3501

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