The Tellus Institute of Boston Massachusetts has recently initiated a collaborative program looking into alternative Urban Mobility Futures which will certainly be of interest to many readers of World Streets. Initial background information on their program along with direct links to the appropriate sites will be found below. But today we thought to see if we might be useful in response to a request from them which has just come in, as follows:
With the dawn of a new academic semester for some members of this group, we aim to identify resources (especially video materials) that are useful for classroom use on the general subject of “post-automobility futures.”
No problem: World Streets can be of some help since we have made it a habit over the years to identify, keep track of and share widely particularly interesting videos that will be of use to students, researchers, environmentalists, the media, activists and others wishing to follow new ideas and approaches on various aspects of the New Mobility Agenda.
* As of this date the World Streets Vidéothèque offers a collection of 63 films which are conveniently available at http://worldstreets.wordpress.com/tag/videotheque/, coming from two dozen countries and showing us the good, bad and the ugly of transport in cities.
And while you are at it, it certainly would be a pity to miss the excellent collection of original videos which has been assembled over the last eight years by Clarence Eckerson and his team of talented videographers that you can find freely at http://www.streetfilms.org/.
On the Tellus Institute:
At this perilous juncture in human affairs, Tellus works to advance a global civilization of sustainability, equity, and well-being through research, education, and action. We are at the cusp of a new historical epoch – the planetary phase of civilization – that binds the world’s people and the biosphere into a single community of fate. But what form of global civilization will emerge in the coming decades? In the face of unfolding crises – cultural antagonism, violent conflict, economic volatility, environmental degradation – pessimists may be forgiven for their dark forebodings and dreamers for their doubts. Or is another world possible?
Tellus is an independent voice for advancing these goals. Rooted in analytic rigor, the Institute’s projects offer visions of hope and strategies for change. Now, more than ever, we are committed to researching critical problems, developing scenarios of the future from the local to the global, and mobilizing networks for a Great Transition.
* More at http://www.tellus.org/mission/
On the Great Transition Initiative
Tellus coordinates a global network in order to reach a wider public with Great Transition ideas and to enhance those ideas. GTI spreads the message that a future of enriched lives, global solidarity, and a healthy planet is possible if the citizens of the world join in a vast cultural and political mobilization for change. GTI’s scholars and activists work to give texture, rigor, and direction to the adage “a nother world is possible.” It builds on the ground-breaking work of the international Global Scenario Group. With a distinguished roster of over 400 participants from over 40 countries, GTI is uniquely positioned to reach out to those seeking greater understanding of global challenges and a positive framework for addressing them.
* More at http://www.greattransition.org/
On the Urban Mobility Futures Working Group
This working group provides a forum for integrating several different disciplinary and interdisciplinary research perspectives on urban mobility futures with specific attention devoted to the general notion of anticipating the decline of automobile use in cities (post-automobility). Discernible interest in this issue is manifest in transportation planning and policy, urban design, public health, research on demographics and evolving lifestyle practices, environmental and resource management, and studies of social and cultural change.
The group will focus on systems-scale innovation of the current socio-technical system for delivering mobility services in cities. In this sense, the aim will be at the confluence of social practices and infrastructural systems rather than on innovations in automotive technology (liquid biofuels, natural gas, hybridization, vehicle electrification, hydrogen-fuel cells).
* For more contact Prof.Maurie Cohen, project Direvtor at <email@example.com>
Streetfilms produces short films showing how smart transportation design and policy can result in better places to live, work and play. Founded in 2006, Streetfilms has become the go-to organization for educational films about sustainable transportation, and inspires action and behavioral change worldwide. Individuals, public agencies, non-profit organizations, schools, and transportation advocacy groups use Streetfilms to educate decision makers and make change for livable streets in their communities. As people share the videos that inspire them, Streetfilms brings more and more people to the movement for livable streets.
* For more: http://www.streetfilms.org
If you happen to know of outstanding videos that in your opinion can make instructive viewing for students, researchers, environmentalists, activists and others concerned with sustainable transport and sustainable cites in any part of the world, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be pleased to have a look and share if that seems appropriate.
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Bio: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is a public entrepreneur specializing in the field of sustainability and social justice. 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 work focuses on the subject of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions and in the process, find practical solutions to urgent climate, mobility, life quality and job creation issues. Currently working on an open collaborative project, “BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transportation to Smaller Asian Cities” . More at: http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7 * This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 licence.