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September 01, 2008

Green noise: expert meeting

The biggest challenge we face in City Eco Lab (see below) is the explosion of public events, media channels, reports, platforms, trade shows, and government initiatives, at all levels, to do with sustainability. Paul Hawken's WiserEarth web portal, alone, alone lists over 100,000 non-profit projects and organisations. In the UK, the Transition Towns movement is growing virally. Across Europe, thousands of other initiatives are bubbling away beneath the radar of mainstream media and education. This explosion of energy and diversity is great, but does beg the question: are any more new initiatives needed? if so, what kind? and who will pay for them? Doors of Perception will host a discussion among city managers, policy makers and design producers during the design biennial in St Etienne. If you think might want to join this meeting, plan to be there for Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November.

Posted by John Thackara at September 1, 2008 12:18 PM


Hi John, I get your report via Eric Britton. Can't afford to get to meeting (and my French is hopeless anyway!) but wanted to say (plug) a couple of things. They may sound obvious I don't know (?). First to have any chance of 'handling' green noise, or any other massive amount of info surely it's essential that it be clearly available under copyleft type licenses (or public domain)? So that the many not the few can be involved in 'handling' or developing it? Secondly to maximise the wisdom of crowds it seems best to go for the technolgy with the most people behind it. Shameless plug for Sustainable Community Action wiki http://sca21.wikia.com Of course as a wiki it isn't yet very big, but the software, mediawiki, via Wikipedia surely has more people behind it than anything else? As founder of SCA of course I'm biased (!) but believe in the integration, synthesis and synergy which thus seem to be possible (see also http://sca21.wikia.com/wiki/Village_Green#Joining_it_all_up and for example SCA pages on transition towns http://sca21.wikia.com/wiki/Transition_towns ) (Copying this to SCA forum)

Posted by: Phil Green at September 10, 2008 12:30 PM

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