Good transit allows you to travel when you want and live a freer life

Oct 2017, MobilityLab “Freedom’s Just Another Word for Public Transportation” Not every transit agency can be a superstar communicator like LA Metro. (For the latest evidence of that, don’t miss the system’s new ads that embrace the weird and use a topic as vanilla as “good manners on the train and bus” as a launching pad for reaching a goal of actually getting …

Re-imaging Politics through the Lens of the Commons

By David Bollier, P2P Foundation.  This essay of mine appeared on September 21 at journal-e, published by the 21st Century Global Dynamics website, UC Santa Barbara. The rise of so many right-wing nationalist movements around the world—Brexit, Donald Trump, the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, anti-immigrant protests throughout Europe—have their own distinctive origins and contexts, to be sure. But in the aggregate, they are evidence …

On interviewing, interrogating, rapport and not pushing or forcing

Excerpt from an article on the research of Emily and Laurence Alison, in The Guardian, October 2017 “I am asking you these questions because I need to investigate what has happened and know what your role was in these events.” Diola: “No, that’s your job – not your reason. I’m asking you why it matters to you.” The interviewer, who …

Can Cooperatives Build Better Online Tools to Disrupt the Disrupters? Also CiviCRM

P2P Foundation October 6, 2017  by  Michel Bauwens, Republished from Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) (3 years ago) One of the key differences between private platforms (platform capitalism) and cooperative platforms (platform cooperatives) lies in how they are designed, by whom, and for whom. Indeed, technology and design, and all the invisible architectures that govern our lives and influence our choices and behaviour, are ‘value sensitive’. This …

Why ubiquitous broadband and green ICT go hand-in-hand

Utility/Smart City Dive, By Charles Despins, 15 Aug 2017 Editor’s Note: This piece was written by Charles Despins, co-chair of IEEE Green ICT Initiative. The opinions represented in this piece are independent of Smart Cities Dive’s views. Today, efforts to create “smart communities” bring critical trends, too often considered as unrelated, into sharper focus. However, the solutions to all of these trends – including …

Incorporating community knowledge and expertise in the transition to better and more, low carbon transportation

NYCDOT street data collection and analysis program MnDOT program LA bike share partnership discovers equity is both an internal and external process.  By Stefani Cox When Los Angeles organizations joined together to make bike share more equitable, they didn’t know that they would end up focusing just as much on their own dynamics as on work in the community. The partnership …

HBR: The downside of resilience

HBR excerpt, The Dark Side of Resilience, August 2017 could too much resilience be a bad thing, just like too much muscle mass can be a bad thing — i.e., putting a strain on the heart? Large-scale scientific studies suggest that even adaptive competencies become maladaptive if taken to the extreme. As Rob Kaiser’s research on leadership versatility indicates, overused strengths become weaknesses. In …

Utilities Knew: Power Providers Had Info/Acknowledged Impacts of Climate Change 50 Years Ago

8/3/2017 – BY ENERGY AND POLICY INSTITUTE Scientists had begun to warn electric utilities about climate change by 1968, and by 1988 the industry’s official research and development organization had acknowledged that, “There is growing consensus in the scientific community that the greenhouse effect is real.” Despite this early knowledge about climate change, electric utilities have continued to invest heavily in …