city & bioregion

Back To The Land 2.0
 – A Design Agenda For Bioregions

‘Post-truth’ politics are in fact pre-truth: Populists pick up on our anxiety about the world, but divert our attention from root causes. It’s easier to blame a Muslim, than entropy. Abstract words don’t make much difference. What’s needed is a new story in which care for the places where we live is a practical focus […]

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of Druids, Biorefineries, Adventure Sport, Ecomuseums, Code Clubs…

I’ve been invited by Pontio Innovation to make a return visit to North West Wales and continue our exploration of Innovation In Small Nation. On Tuesday 6 June I’m doing a public talk, too: here is the announcement. BACK TO THE LAND 2.0 Tuesday 6 June, 18:30h Main Lecture Theatre, Level 5, Pontio, Bangor, Gwynedd. […]

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Earth Repair In Your Bioregion: Short Course at @SchumacherColl

Ecological Restoration by Design  26-30 June @SchumacherColl In the leave things better economy now emerging, ecological restoration can add new kinds of value to planning and design. But how? This short course, which I am leading together with Lisa Maria Enzenhofer, will introduce you to a constellation of real-world ecological restoration projects, framed by their […]

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A roof, a skill, a market: The multiple dimensions of scale

“Beware the scale trap”.  In a Letter To Philanthropists Parker Mitchell,  a former CEO of Engineers Without Borders in Canada, advised potential donors that “scale is important, but don’t rush it. Most good ideas take time – to iron out the details, to bring down the costs, to be tested in different environments”. Organic demand-driven scale will […]

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Manifesto For Utopias Are Over: Cities Are Living Systems

I was asked to write a provocation for DAMN magazine in Italy. 1         Change and innovation are no longer about finely crafted ‘visions’ of some future place and time. Positive change happens when people reconnect – with each other, and with the biosphere – in rich, real-world, contexts. Rather than ask about utopias, I challenge […]

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The 72 most cheering things I learned on my book tour

SEPTEMBER 2016 Newsletter Since my book How To Thrive In the Next Economy was published – a year ago this week – I’ve had conversations about it at forty talks and workshops. With thanks to my diverse but always generous hosts, this email is to share the 72 most interesting and cheering things that I […]

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Biennials and system change

I was invited to give a keynote in Milan to the general assembly of the International Biennials Association. My talk was called Life’s Work: Biennials and Regeneration. Here below is a summary: The sad-looking structure above was the Dutch Pavilion not long after the Hannover World Expo ended in 2000. Having helped to write the […]

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“Back To The Wildebeest In Us” (in French)

The Belgian magazine Rekto Verso recently ran a review of my book by Mia Vaerman (in Dutch) with the title “Terug naar het wildebeest in ons” (“Back To The Wildebeest In Us”). That piece has now been translated into French by Annelies Hollewand and Adrian Gandolfo – to whom, many thanks. Redécouvrir notre côté sauvage On […]

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Why messy cities are more modern

(Pic: Being Nicely Messy, CRIT, Mumbai) In London, I did this interview with Midtown Big Ideas Exchange: Q   Do you believe cities are rational or organized and, if so, what makes them this way? A    Cities are often conceived in a rational way but usually take on a non-rational life of their own – and thank goodness for that. […]

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