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    Steve Abley
    John Adams
    Heather Allen
    Jillian Anable
    Erel Avineri
    Ayad Altaai
    Fabio Arévalo Rosero
    Tracey Axelsson
    Robert Ayres
    Bina C. Balakrishnan
    Paul Barter
    Jose Felix Basozabal
    Terence Bendixson
    Kaid Benfield
    Boris Berenfeld
    Anzir Boodoo
    Jan Borghuis
    Donald Brackenbush
    Wendy Brawer
    Manfred Breithaupt
    Eric Britton
    David Brook
    Lester Brown
    Noel Brown
    Jeb Brugmann
    Eric Bruun
    Dan Burden
    Lucy Carew-Reid
    Martin Cassini
    Robert Cervero
    Robin Chase
    Matt Christensen
    Ali Clabburn
    James P. Clark
    Carlos Cordero V.
    Anna Cronin
    Shobhakar Dhakal
    Oscar Edmundo Diaz
    W. Dirk van Dijl
    Gladwyn d'Souza
    John Ernst
    Maria F. Escallón
    Bernard Fautrier
    Anwar Fazal
    Maria J. Figueroa
    Brendan Finn
    Elliot Fishman
    Karl Fjellstrom
    Sonja Forward
    Geoff Gardner
    Aimée Gauthier
    Jan Gehl
    Eric Gerelle
    Randall Ghent
    Richard Gilbert
    Jason Gleave
    Michael Glotz-Richter
    Henrik Gudmundsson
    Markus Heller
    Saskia Hermans
    Mayer Hillman
    Walter Hook
    Cornie Huizenga
    Jane Jacobs
    Mari Jüssi
    Piyush Kansal
    Richard Katzev
    Jane Holtz Kay
    Jeff Kenworthy
    Jane Kingswood
    William P. Kistler
    Charles Komanoff
    Hermann Knoflacher
    Andrius Kulikauskas
    Stefan Langeveld
    Kjeld Larsen
    Agnès Lehuen
    Todd Litman
    Jasper Lim
    José Lobo
    Harun al-Rasyid Lubis
    Lauren Marchetti
    Sarah Levin Martin
    Alice Maynard
    Bill McKibben
    Paul Mees
    Gerhard Menckhoff
    Paul Metz
    Adam Millard-Ball
    Asteria Mlambo
    Hans Monderman
    Robert Moskowitz
    Peter Muheim
    Mikel Murga
    Krzysztof Nawratek
    Peter Newman
    Jack Nilles
    Robert Noland
    Pascal J.W. van den Noort
    Francis Papon
    Carlos Felipe Pardo
    Michel Parent
    Sujit Patwardhan
    Michelle Pawar
    Enrique Peñalosa
    Anthony Perl
    Stephen Plowden
    Karl-Heinz Posch
    Sami Pöykkö
    Franz Josef Radermacher
    Sudhir Chella Rajan
    Adolf Ratzka
    Danijel Rebolj
    Michael Replogle
    Julie-Anne Richards
    Roland Ries
    Roselle Leah Rivera
    James Robertson
    William Ross
    Gabriel Roth
    Rana Roy
    Lake Sagaris
    Fred Salvucci
    Preston Schiller
    Luud Schimmelpennink
    Lee Schipper
    Derek Scrafton
    Susan Shaheen
    Saira Shameem
    Mimi Sheller
    Matthew Sholler
    Leena Silfverberg
    Lynn Sloman
    Robert Smith
    Dan Sperling
    Linda Steg
    Sara Stout
    Robert Stussi
    Nite Tanzarn
    John Thackara
    Marie Thynell
    Rodney Tolley
    Craig Townsend
    Mikoto Usui
    Eduardo A Vasconcellos Bernie Wagenblast
    Conrad Wagner
    John Warren
    Dave Wetzel
    Paul Steely White
    John Whitelegg
    Johnny Widén
    Peter Wiederkehr
    Brian Williams
    Steve Winkelman
    Roelof Wittink
    Lloyd Wright
    Michael Yeates
    Nicholas You
    Giselle Xavier
    Chris Zegras
    Sue Zielinski

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    Your Nominations

  • "The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man."
                          - G.B. Shaw, Mrs. Warren's Profession, 1893


    Who are these people? The International Advisory Council brings together a very broad cross-section of the outstanding leaders, thinkers and activists in the full range of fields involved, representing many countries, disciplines, areas of expertise and points of view -- "unreasonable people" in Shaw's words, who in their work are leading the way to show how we go about the difficult task of rendering our mobility systems and cities more efficient, livable and sustainable.

    What are they doing here? While each of them has very little available time, they have agreed to keep an eye on us to make sure that we respect the mandate that they have signed on to. To this end, they receive advance copies of each Brief for review and comment, as well as a short bi-monthly progress report on the world of the New Moblity Agenda as a whole. In some cases they take a much more active role as their time and interest permit, including more direct participation in any given project, including follow-up discussions with cities and agencies in their bailiwick.

    Is this list too long? As we answer this, let's bear in mind that there are close to five hundred cities world wide today with populations of more than a million. There are several hundred thousand towns and cities large enough and important enough to have a properly functioning set of mobility arrangements. Almost all of these however are currently locked into old thinking, which is creating real problems for the people that live and work there, and for the planet as a whole. Our target is to have one thousand cities on board in this international exchange program within the year and who by their examples demonstrate that there is an alterative to inertia.

    Click here for more on the makeup and m.o. of the Council

    The International Advisory Council

    Thus far you will see here eminent, unreasonable thinkers, practitioners, activists and supporters of these ideas from: Abu Dhabi, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zeeland, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa,Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, UK, USA, Venezuela. . . Stay tuned. It's far from over.

  • Steve Abley, Chartered Engineer
    Abley Chartered Transportation Engineering
    Honorary Technical Consultant to Living Streets, author, activist.
    Christchurch, New Zealand

  • Prof. John Adams, Sustainability advocate, activist, teacher, researcher
    Department of Geography , University College London
    Member of original Board of Directors of Friends of the Earth (1970's)
    London, UK

  • Heather Allen -
    Sustainable Development Manager
    International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
    Brussels, Belgium

    Jillian Anable, UKERC Transport and Aviation Topic Leader
    The Centre for Transport Policy
    The Robert Gordon University
    Schoolhill, Aberdeen, UK

  • Fabio Arévalo Rosero
    Director, Instituto de Recreación y Deporte
    Alcaldía de Pasto Pasto, Colombia

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  • Ayad Muhsen Altaai
    President, Sustainable Development International (SDI), L.L.C.
    International Coordinator, International Conference on Sustainable Transportation in Developing Countries
    Abu Dhabi, UAE and Little Falls, New Jersey, USA

  • Erel Avineri -
    Lecturer in Integrated Transport, Centre for Transport & Society -
    Faculty of the Built Environment, University of the West of England
    Tel Aviv, Israel and Bristol, UK

  • Tracey Axelsson
    Executive Director
    Co-operative Auto Network
    Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • Robert Underwood Ayres, Emeritus Professor of Economics and Political Science and Technology Management
    Center for Management of Environmental and Social Responsibility
    INSEAD - Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires
    Fontainebleau France

  • Bina C. Balakrishnan
    Consultant, Transportation Planning & Engineering
    Associate, Mumbai Environmental Social Network (MESN
    Mumbai, India

  • Paul A. Barter
    LKY School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
    Co-founder, Sustran: Sustainable Transport Action Network for Asia & the Pacific Urban Transport in Asia

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  • Jose Felix Basozabal
    Director, Transport Observatory of the Basque Country Organization
    Former Minster of Transport and Public Works, Bizkaia
    Bilbao, Spain

  • Terence Bendixson, Secretary
    Independent Transport Commission
    Urban Policy Analyst and Visiting Fellow, University of Southampton
    London, England

  • F. Kaid Benfield
    Director, Smart Growth Program
    Natural Resources Defense Council
    Washington, DC, USA

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  • Boris Berenfeld
    Director, International Center, The Concord Consortium
    Co-founder and Principal Investigator of the Global Laboratory Project,
    Concord, MA and Saint Petersburg, Russia

  • Anzir Boodoo
    Managing Director
    transcience: applied research
    Bracknell, UK

  • Jan Borghuis
    Managing Director
    Rotterdam, Netherlands

  • Donald H, Brackenbush
    Architect, Engineer, Planner
    Principal, Public Private Ventures LLC
    Los Angeles, California, USA

  • Wendy E. Brawer
    Founding Director
    Green Map System
    New York, NY, USA

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  • Manfred Breithaupt, Urban Transport Specialist
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GTZ) Eschborn , Germany
    Sustainable Urban Transport Project SUTP, Bangkok Thailand

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  • Francis Eric Knight Britton
    Managing Director, EcoPlan International
    Founder, The Commons and the New Mobility Agenda
    Paris, France

  • David Brook
    Consulting in social marketing for carsharing, new mobility & energy
    Founder of CarSharing Portland: first commercial carsharing company in US. Former residential energy specialist:Oregon State University Extension
    Portland, OR, USA

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  • Lester R. Brown, Author, activist, organizer, founder of Worldwatch Institute
    Founder and President of the Earth Policy Institute
    Washington, DC USA

  • Dr. Noel J Brown, Chairman
    Rene Dubos Center on Human Environments
    Former Director of the United Nations Environmental Program
    New Canaan, Connecticut USA

  • Jeb Brugmann
    Founder International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)
    Founding Partner The Next Practice
    Toronto, Canada

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  • Eric Bruun, Ph.D.
    Consultant, Adjunct Faculty
    Delta Services Group
    Philadelphia, PA USA

  • Dan Burden.
    Executive Director
    Walkable Communities, Inc.
    Orlando, FL USA

  • Lucy Carew-Reid, Sustainable Transport Officer
    CCP™ Plus State Manager, Cities for Climate Protection Australia
    ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability: Australia & New Zealand Office
    Melbourne Australia

  • Martin Cassini, Producer and film maker
    Good Fun Productions
    London, U.K.

  • Robert Burke Cervero, Professor and Chair
    Department of City and Regional Planning
    University of California,
    Berkeley, California, USA

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  • Robin Chase, Loeb Postprofessional Fellow,
    Founder of Zipcar
    Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
    Cambridge, Mass., USA

  • Matt Christensen
    Executive Director, Eurosif (The European Social Investment Forum)
    Paris, France

  • Ali Clabburn
    Managing Director, World Technoligy Network Ltd
    Attleborough, Norfolk, UK

  • James P. Clark
    Founder and Chairman, World Technoligy Network
    Created the annual World Technology Environment Awards
    New York, NY, USA

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  • Carlos Cordero Velásquez
    Centro de Asesoría y Capacitación para el Transporte y Ambiente (CICLORED)
    Lima Perú

    Gladwyn d'Souza Engineer, sustainable activist
    Board member:
    Task force member
    Belmont, CA, USA

  • Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal, Senior Policy Researcher
    International Joint Research Project for Global Change and Industrial Transformation Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
    Kanagawa, Japan

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  • W. Dirk van Dijl
    Executive Director, CityCarClub
    Huddersfield, UK

  • Gladwyn d'Souza, Sustainable activist
    Board member: and
    Task force member
    Belmont, CA, USA

  • John Ernst
    Director, Asia Region
    ITDP - The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
    Bangkok, Thailand and Colorado Springs, CO, USA

  • Maria Fernanda Escallón
    Strategic Development General Coordinator
    Fundación Ciudad Humana
    Bogotá, Colombia

  • Bernard Fautrier, Ministre Plénipotentiaire e;r
    President of MC2D (Monaco Developpement Durable)
    Monaco, Principality of Monaco

  • Anwar Fazal
    Director , Citizens International
    Penang, Malaysia

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  • Maria Josefina Figueroa
    Ph.D Candidate, Topic area: Democratic Roads to Sustainable Transport
    Flux Center for Transport Research, TekSam,Roskilde University
    Roskilde, Denmark and Caracas, Venezuela

  • Brendan Finn
    Senior Transport Consultant
    ETTS - European Transport and Telematics Systems Ltd.
    Dublin, Ireland

  • Elliot Fishman
    Institute for Sensible Transport
    Convenor, Association for the Study of Peak Oil
    Melbourne, Australia

  • Karl Fjellstrom
    Director for China and Tanzania
    Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
    Guangzhou, China

  • Sonja Elisabeth Forward
    Research Directort
    Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute
    Linköping Sweden

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  • Geoff Gardner
    Formerly Principle Scientific Officer, Urban transport for developing countries: Transport Research Laboratory
    Travel Awareness Officer: North Yorkshire County Council
    Author: Audit Guide for Low Cost Appraisal of Transport Problems in Low Income Countries

  • Aimée Gauthier
    Africa Program Director
    Member, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
    New York, NY USA

  • Eric Gerelle, Ph.D.
    Chief Technology Officer, IBEX Project Services
    Member, World Spirit Forum
    Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Jan Gehl
    Gehl Architects - Urban Quality Consultants
    Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Randall Ghent
    Co-Director, Int'l Coordination Centre
    World Carfree Network
    Prague, Czech Republic

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  • Richard Gilbert
    Director of Research
    The Centre for Sustainable Transportation
    Toronto, Canada

  • Michael Glotz-Richter
    Senior Project Manager 'Sustainable Mobility'
    Ministry for Construction, Environment and Transport
    Bremen, Germany

  • Henrik Gudmundsson, PhD
    Senior Researcher
    Danish Transport Research Institute
    Lyngby, Denmark

  • S. Olof Gunnarsson
    Professor emeritus, Chalmers Technical University
    President, Pedestrians Association Sweden (FOT)
    Gothenborg, Sweden

  • Benjamin Hamilton-Baillie
    Director, Hamilton-Baillie Associates Ltd

  • Markus Heller, freelance architect, carfree advocate
    Carfree Living, World Carfree Network
    autofrei leben! e.V., Germany
    Berlin, Germany

  • Saskia Hermans, Chargée du suivi de la politique cyclable
    Direction de la maîtrise d'ouvrage routière
    Conseil Général des Alpes-Maritimes
    Alpes-Maritimes, France

  • Dr. Mayer Hillman, Senior Fellow Emeritus
    Senior Scientist, Policy Studies Institute
    Background of 40 years of transport, environmental research. Author, activist.
    London, UK

  • Walter Hook
    Executive Director
    Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
    New York, NY, USA

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  • Cornie Huizenga, Head of Secretariat
    Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia)
    Asian Development Bank
    Manila, Philippines

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  • Jane Jacobs
    Urbanist, critique, writer and activist
    Author: Death and Life of Great American Cities, etc., etc.
    Deceased April 2006, but from the outset a firm personal supporter of this program. Toronto, Ontario

  • Mari Jüssi
    Researcher, activist and consultant: environmental and transport policy Stockholm Environment Institute - Tallinn centre
    Estonian Green Movement/FoE-Estonia
    Tallinn, Estonia

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  • Piyush Kansal
    General Manager, Urban Transport Planning and Management
    Rites Ltd. - Government of India Enterprise:
    Delhi, India

  • Richard Katzev, Professor of Psychology
    President of Public Policy Research
    Portland Oregon USA

  • Jane Holtz Kay
    Author, journalist and architecture/planning critic for The Nation
    Her books include Asphalt Nation, Preserving New England and Lost Boston
    . Boston, Mass. USA

  • Jeff Kenworthy
    Associate Professor in Sustainable Settlements
    Acting Head of School: Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy, Murdoch University
    Murdoch, Western Australia

  • Jane Kingswood, Project Officer.
    Cars Cutting Carbon - Rethinking car use in Yorkshire and the Humber
    carplus -- rethinking car use
    Leeds LS3 1AB, UK

  • William P. Kistler, President
    Urban Land Institute - Europe
    London, UK

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  • O.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Hermann Knoflacher Director
    Institut für Verkehrsplanung und Verkehrstechnik (Institute for Transport Planning)
    Acting Head of School: Fakultät für Bauingenieurwesen, Vienna University
    Vienna, Austria

  • Charles Komanoff, Transportation-Justice Activist
    Energy Economist, Author, Road sharing advocate
    Co-Founder: Right Of Way; Bridge Tolls Advocacy Project
    New York City, U.S.A.

  • Andrius Kulikauskas
    Minciu Sodas - Open laboratory for serving and organizing independent thinkers
    Co-Founder: Mothercity Transport Patterns - Discussion forum
    Vilnius, Lithuania

  • Kjeld A. Larsen
    Geographer, Assistant professor of geography, Activist.
    Chairman, Council for Sustainable Traffic
    Copenhagen, Denmark

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  • drs. Stefan Langeveld, Transport/environment activist and organizer
    Baluw - R&D Alternatives to Transport
    Parking spaces exchange + Ride share community Routeclub [u.c.] Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Agnès Lehuen
    Transport solutions for low density areas and for disabled people
    OPTILE (Association of Paris region private bus companies)
    Le Vésinet France

  • Jasper Lim, Transportation researcher
    Managing editor, The Journal of E-working
    Transport Policy and Logistics Organisation
    Delft University of Technology
    Delft, The Netherlands and Singapore

  • Todd Litman, Director
    Victoria Transport Policy Institute
    Consultant and author of Online TDM Encyclopedia
    Victoria, BC, Canada

  • F. José Lobo
    Founder and Director, Active Transport Association.
    Activist in Transport and Urban Mobility; Member of Rio de Janeiro government urban-cycling workgroup
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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  • Harun al-Rasyid S. Lubis, PhD.
    Associate Professor in Transport Planning & Policy
    Department of Civil Engineering, Insitut Teknologi Bandung
    Bandung, Indonesia

  • Lauren Marchetti
    Director, National Center for Safe Routes to School
    University of North Carolina, Highway Safety Research Center
    Chapel Hill, NC USA

  • Sarah Levin Martin, PhD
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Physical Activity and Health Branch
    Atlanta Georgia, USA

  • Alice Maynard, MBA
    Director, future inclusion
    Milton Keynes, UK

  • Bill McKibben
    Author, The End of Nature
    Scholar in residence, Middlebury College
    Middlebury Vt, USA

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  • Paul Mees, Lecturer in Transport and Land Use Planning
    Faculty of Architecture Building & Planning
    University of Melbourne
    Melbourne, Australia

  • Gerhard Menckhoff, Principal Urban Transport Specialist, Consultant
    World Bank
    Washington, DC, USA.
    Countries of Interest: All of South America and Viet Nam.

  • Paul E. Metz
    Founder of Fair Emission Trade Foundation
    Cofounder/chair: European Business Council for Sustainable Energy
    Managing consultant INTEGeR... consult
    Velp, The Netherlands

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  • Adam Millard-Ball
    Principal, Transport Planner. Parking Management and Policy, Car-Sharing, Station Access
    Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
    San Francisco, CA USA

  • Asteria Mlambo
    Head of Transportation Unit and Coordinator Dar Rapid Transit Project - DART
    Dar es Salaam City Council
    Urban Planning Environmental and Transportation
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

  • Hans Monderman
    Keuning Instituut
    Ureterp, The Netherlands

  • Robert Moskowitz
    President, The American Telecommuting Association
    Washington, DC USA

  • Peter Muheim
    COO, COO, Mobility CarSharing Switzerland
    CEO, Mobility Support SA
    Luzern, Switzerland

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  • Mikel Murga
    President, Leber Planificación e Ingeniería
    Center for Transport and Logistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Bilbao, Spain & Cambridge, Mass., USA

  • Dr. eng. arch. Krzysztof Nawratek
    Author, activist, architect and urban planner
    Riga Deserves Better (
    Riga, Latvia / Katowice, Poland

  • Peter Newman, Professor
    Director, Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy, Murdoch University,
    Chair, West Australia Sustainability Roundtable
    Perth and Sydney, Australia

  • Jack M. Nilles, President
    JALA International, Inc.
    Applied futurist, Author of Managing Telework and other publications
    Los Angeles, CA USA

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  • Robert B. Noland
    Reader in Transport and Environmental Policy
    Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College London
    London, UK

  • Pascal J.W. van den Noort
    Executive Director Operations, Velo Mondial
    Amersterdam, Netherlands

  • Francis Papon, Ingenieur en Chef des Ponts et Chaussees
    Département Économie et Sociologie des Transports (INRETS)
    Institut National de Recherche sur les Transports et leur Sécurité
    Arcueil France

  • Carlos Felipe Pardo , SUTP project coordinator
    GTZ Sustainable Urban Transport Project
    Steering Committee, Sustran LAC - Sustainable Transport Network for Latin America and the Caribbean
    Bogota, Colombia and Bangkok, Thailand

  • Michel Parent, Program manager
    IMARA - Informatique Mathématiques et Automatique pour la Route Automatisée
    Project Leader, Cybernetic Technologies for the Car in the City
    Versailles, France

  • Sujit Patwardhan
    PTTF, Pune Traffic & Transportation Forum
    Pune, India

  • Michelle Wyman Pawar
    Executive Director, USA Office
    ICLEI -- Local Governments for Sustainability
    Berkeley, California, USA

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  • Enrique Peñalosa
    Former Mayor, Bogota, Colombia. Winner of 2000 Stockholm Environment Prize
    Currently announced candidate for President of Colombia
    Bogota, Colombia

  • Anthony Perl
    Director of Simon Fraser University's Urban Studies Program
    Vancouver, Canada

  • Stephen Plowden
    Activist and Author: Speed Control and Transport Policy (with Mayer Hillman), Towns against traffic, Transport Reform: Changing the Rules
    London, England

  • Karl-Heinz Posch
    Executive Director Forschungsgesellschaft Mobilität - Austrian Mobility Research
    8010 Graz Austria

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  • Sami Pöykkö, CEO
    Ride sharing solutions provider, Ecolane Finland
    Espoo, Finland

  • Franz Josef Radermacher, Vorstand and C4 Professor
    Forschungsinstitut fuer anwendungsorientierte Wissensverarbeitung/n (FAW/n)
    Ulm Germany

  • Sudhir Chella Rajan
    Senior Fellow, Global Politics and Institutions
    Tellus Institute
    Boston, MA, USA

  • Sudhir Chella Rajan
    Senior Fellow, Global Politics and Institutions
    Tellus Institute
    Boston, MA, USA

  • Adolf D Ratzka, Ph D
    Independent Living Institute
    Stockholm, Sweden

  • Danijel Rebolj
    Professor and Vice-dean, Head of the Construction IT Centre
    University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering
    Maribor, Slovenia

  • Roland Ries
    Sénateur du Bas-Rhin
    Sénat - Palais du Luxembourg
    Strasbourg and Paris, France

  • Prof. Roselle Leah K. Rivera
    Department of Women and Development Studies, CSWCD,
    University of the Philippines, Diliman
    Quezon City, Philippines

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  • Michael A. Replogle
    Transportation Director, Environmental Defense
    President and founder, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
    Washington, DC, USA

  • Julie-Anne Richards
    Climate Action Network Australia
    Ultimo NSW, Australia

  • James Robertson
    Founder Working for a Sane Alternative
    Co-Founder, The Other Economic Summit (TOES) and the New Economics Foundation
    Cholsey, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

  • William Ross
    Secretary of ENRM and PhD programs
    Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University at Salaya
    Salaya, Phuttamonthon
    Nakhon Pathom 73170, Thailand

  • Gabriel Roth, Civil Engineer, Transport Economist, Skeptical Environmentalist
    World Bank (1967-86)Transport Economist specializing in pricing, regulation, forecasting, urban issues, & private serivice provision
    Author, Latest book: Street Smart: Competition, Entrepreneurship and the Future of Roads
    Chevy Chase, MD USA

  • Rana Roy, Consulting Economist
    Consultant to government and NGOs in four continents
    Former Chief Economist, European Centre for Infrastructure Studies. Former senior civil servant (Australia & UK).
    London, UK

  • Lake Sagaris
    Activist, Urban Planner
    Ciudad Viva - Living City
    Santiago, Chile

  • Preston L. Schiller, PhD
    Researcher, Writer, Consultant and Advocate for Sustainable Transportation and reduced air pollution
    Adjunct Faculty, Huxley College of the Environment, and Canadian-American Studies Center, Western Washington University
    Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.

  • Luud Schimmelpennink
    City Counselor, Amsterdam
    Prize-winning inventor and innovator of sustainable transport concepts: Including the Witkar and the historic White Bicycle
    Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  • Lee Schipper, Co-Director, EMBARQ
    World Resources Institute Center for Transport and the Environment
    World Resources Institute
    Washington DC USA

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  • Derek Scrafton
    Professor of Transport Policy & Planning, Transport Systems Centre
    University of South Australia
    Adelaide, Australia

  • Susan Shaheen, Ph.D.
    Program Leader, Policy & Behavioral Research, California PATH
    California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH), University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, USA

  • Saira Shameem (Sham)
    Executive Director
    Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW)
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Asia-Pacific region

  • Mimi Sheller
    Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Swarthmore College
    Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Lancaster University
    New Mobilities Journal
    Lancaster UK and Swarthmore, Penn. USA

  • Matthew Sholler
    Director of Development and Communications
    Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
    New York, NY USA

  • Leena Silfverberg
    Senior technical adviser
    Ministry of the Environment
    Helsinki, Finland

  • Lynn Sloman
    Special Adviser, Board, Transport for London
    Transport for Quality of Life
    Ceredigion UK

  • Robert John Smith
    Chair, International Walk to School Steering Group(IWALK)
    Dorset County Council
    Dorset County UK

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  • Daniel Sperling
    Professor and Director
    Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis
    Davis, California, USA

  • Linda Steg
    Lecturer in Environmental Psychology
    Department of Psychology, University of Groningen
    Groningen, The Netherlands

  • Sara Stout
    Bicycle Transportation Alliance
    Portland, OR, USA

  • Robert Stussi
    Senior consultant, researcher and activist in Transport and Urban Mobility
    Lisbon, Portugal

  • Nite Tanzarn
    Development Management Specialist
    Kololo, Uganda

  • John Thackara
    Founder, Director and first Perceptron, Doors of Perception
    Advisor, Virtual Platform Netherlands) Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Marie Thynell
    Ph D, senior researcher: Developing and sustainable cities
    Department of Peace and Development Research, Göteborg University Gothenburg, Sweden

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  • Rodney Tolley, Author, activist, researcher.
    Director, Walk21
    Honorary Research Fellow, Staffordshire University
    Staffordshire, UK

  • Craig Townsend
    Assistant Professor, researcher and author of works on sustainability of urban transport systems
    Department of Geography, Planning and Environment Concordia University
    Montréal, Québec, Canada

  • Mikoto Usui
    Professor, Seisa University, Dept. of Kyosei (Studies on Conviviality)
    Visiting Professor, United Nations University/Institute of Advanced Studies Tokyo, Japan

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  • Eduardo Vasconcellos
    Director, National Association of Public Transport
    Author of "Urban Transport, Environment, and Equity: The Case for Developing Countries" Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Bernie Wagenblast
    Editor, Transportation Communications Newsletter
    Cranford, New Jersey, USA

  • Conrad Wagner
    Consultant and project manager, Mobility Systems
    Stans, Switzerland

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  • John Warren
    Consultant working in fields of sustainability, environment, energy, waste management and operations management
    Former manager, Toronto's municipal works operations division
    Toronto, Canada

  • Dave Wetzel
    Vice-Chair, Transport for London
    Chair - Labour Land Campaign & The Professional Land Reform Group
    London, UK

  • Paul Steely White
    Executive Director
    Transportation Alternatives
    New York, NY

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  • John Whitelegg, Author, educator and activist
    Professor of Sustainable Transport at Liverpool John Moores University
    Founding Editor of "World Transport Policy and Practice
    Local Councilor, Lancaster, UK

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  • Johnny Widén, Director
    Director, CDT - Centre for Distance-spanning Technology
    Luleå University Of Technology
    Luleå, Sweden

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  • Dr. Peter Wiederkehr
    Environmental scientist, founder and program manager (1992-2005)
    Environmentally Sustainable Transport program (EST)
    Paris France and Zurich Switzerland

  • Brian Williams
    Urban Transport Specialist
    United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
    Nairobi, Kenya

  • Steve Winkelman
    Manager of Transportation
    Center for Clean Air Policy
    New York, NY USA

  • Roelof Wittink
    Managing Director
    I-ce Interface for Cycling Expertise
    Utrecht, the Netherlands.

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  • Lloyd Wright
    PhD Candidate, Bartlett in Transport Planning
    Gakushin Fellow, Osaka University
    Osaka, Japan and London UK

  • Michael Yeates
    Architect and advocate for safe urban environments
    Brisbane, Australia

  • Nicholas You, Chief: Best Practices & Policies Section
    Coordinator: Best Practices & Local Leadership Programme
    UN-HABITAT - United Nations Human Settlements Programme
    Nairobi, Kenya

  • Giselle Noceti Ammon Xavier
    Lecturer, State University of Santa Catarina UDESC
    Chair/President: SUSTRAN LAC; CICLOBRASIL ; Locomotives - Low Cost Mobility Initiatives
    Florianópolis, Brazil

  • P. Christopher Zegras
    Department of Urban Studies and Planning
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Santiago, Chile and Cambridge, MA USA

  • Susan Zielinski
    Managing Director, SMART (Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation)
    Center for Advancing Research and Solutions for Society
    University of Michigan , Ann Arbor, MI USA

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    About the Council

    Who are all these people? No less than the Principal Voices of Sustainable Transportation. In a phrase: among the outstanding thinkers, practitioners and leaders in many parts of the world who over the last years have been working on the ground to reshape the transportation agenda, bringing it step by step closer in line with the precepts of sustainable development and social justice.

    And why exactly are they here? Because they have each had a good look at the ideas and goals behind the Agenda, and are in this way going on public record to signal their personal support of the urgent call for near term actions. For more on each, you are invited to click the links beside their names. As you will see there is great variety in their views and approaches, as it should be in this changing world of many mixed messages and incomplete visions. This great diversity makes for lively discussions and the policy ideas and measures that emanate from them will be all the more effective for having been put through this meat grinder of informed collegial discussion.

    Unreasonable people: In the full knowledge that the force for major change such as is needed to reshape our cities will not come from those unwilling to challenge the existing system and habits of the past, we have purposely sought out individuals who are bold and risk taking - including mavericks and others who work outside of conventional reward systems. Shaw's unreasonable people, if you will. But there is another dimension of their work that needs to be noted: and that is their long term commitment and sheer staying power. As one Indian colleague from Pune put it some years ago: "Eric, we are in this for the long slog!". Exactly!

    Grassroots/Personal engagement: Each signature that you see here is that of a concerned individual world citizen -- and not the stamp of approval of a government or organization (for the latter, have a look at our institutional partners here). This is thus at its core not an institutional initiative but rather a personal, grassroots, citizen based activity. Each individual whose name you see here has shown themselves to be highly motivated and distinguished by a high sense of personal responsibility for what goes on in their cities and on the planet, the quality of their ideas, proven capacity for innovation, high energy level, persistence in the face of personal and conceptual obstacles, and stubborn commitment to the long haul. Each moreover has demonstrated in their work real cultural and social sensitivity, high competence in at least one major field, an ability to transcend traditional boundaries, an enthusiasm for creative ideas and important issues within and outside of their areas of expertise, and a capacity to synthesize disparate ideas and approaches.

    Diversity: As you will quickly see as you click down this list they come from many different disciplines, countries and political outlooks, and share the understanding that the kinds of improvements needed to make a real difference requires not only technical capabilities but also the ability to negotiate change. They are careful observers and good at listening, including to people with ideas and values that may be rather different from their own. When it comes to changing anything as complex, conflicted and emotion-charged as transport in cites, that's a good start.

    Peer support network: Certainly one of the clear advantages of this impressive list of outstanding international thinkers and practitioners who have signed on here, is that the day any citizen group approaches their mayor with their own carefully prepared proposal and an outline plan for a New Mobility project for their city, they will be able to buttress their arguments with exactly this list. The fact that the Kyoto Cities and the Briefs Advisory program is also trying to put in their hands useful guidelines, materials and references for their efforts is useful, but this ability to cite these names puts steel behind their demands for attacking today's problems today.

    "Swarm intelligence": But there is one other important aspect of this group which has not escaped our attention. In addition to their outstanding qualities as individual agents of change, we have also kept a keen eye on how they may, both in the short term and over a much longer period, function and interact as a group with many common interests and potentials for creative interaction. We are thus looking for many forms of group knowledge building through creative interactions, and our particular variant of "swarm intelligence" ("SI provides a basis with which it is possible to explore collective (or distributed) problem solving without centralized control or the provision of a global model." That's us!)

    The Bridge: We are giving full attention to various ways in which we can link and bring all these disparate voices together, including by means that are more "Kyoto compliant" than popping us all without a second thought onto airplanes and burning our way to a common physical destination. Our model is an electronic town meeting bringing together world wide peers, reinforced by local (physical this time) meetings in support of specific city projects as the program advances. To this end, we suggest you may also want to have a look at the work we are trying to advance in providing The Bridge that will help to do this job. Careful though: once you start to adapt, it will almost certainly change the way you work and organize your daily life. For the better.

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    The Fruit of Diversity

    If you have clicked through here a bit, you will certainly have noted the extremely wide spread of backgrounds, disciplines and approaches that you will find represented in this group. This is important given the level of ambition of this effort. The North/South, East/West mix is intentionally very rich, as is the spread of ages and major emphasis on bringing in a full quorum of outstanding female leaders.

    And in all this you will thus find not only a very wide array of highly distinguished transportation specialists, but also operators and planners; architect and urbanists; teachers (of youth and people of all ages) and researchers; medical and public health workers; psychologists and social workers; specialists in modeling, logistics and operations research; practitioners of old and new media; experts in aide array of internet, information and communications technologies; community activists and keen users; thoughtful bureaucrats and administrators; local and other politicians willing to push for new ideas; mayors and city Councilors who wish to make a difference; industrialists and entrepreneurs; and yes even a few economists, lawyers and others who are pushing the frontier of policy and practice when it comes to using economic, financial and legal instruments to do a bit better in our transportation/environmental arrangements.

    Why all this diversity for what many may think of as straight-forward transportation problem that simply needs a straight-forward transportation solution (read more infrastructure, new technology, more buses or what have you). Well, from our point of view there are several strong justifications for this.

    1. First, these problems are in truth terribly multi-faceted -- so if they are ever to be solved in the very short periods we are targeting here, a very broad range of skills and capabilities are going to have to be brought in and put to work.

    2. Another goal of the Council is not only to bring in their individual competences and reputations to advance the Kyoto Cities agenda, but also to see if we can by networking them within this focused high profile international program elicit group or even swarm intelligence that just may come up with ideas and achievements that none of us individually might have arrived at working alone. For that reason the aggressive but affordable (most of it being free) The Bridge component of this program is especially important (see below).

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    Cognitive Dissonance

    Then there is the matter of "cognitive dissonance" as a learning device, an old favorite of ours here at The Commons. The idea is to create a purposeful, rich imbalance of views and positions within a shared forum (this program replete with its great variety of actors and attitudes), and then let them rip. The first consequence is usually (if you get it right) to remove "comfort zones", which occur when people tend to adopt thoughts or beliefs so as to minimize the amount of dissonance (conflict) between cognitions (people present).

    Now this is fine if the challenge at hand is straight forward and well defined within a given approved value set, but the present dilemma of transport in cities is anything but that. Thus we are counting on this great variety, the strong voices, the continuing vigorous dialogue over the next two years or so, to remove the all too usual easy comfort zones and to bring about new thinking and new solutions. Because certainly the ones that most people are considering today when and if they get around to the problems at all, will surely never do the job. That we know for sure.

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    The Sub-Rosa Agenda - A 20% Solution (for starters)

    We don't wish to make too much of a public fuss about this - because we feel that it is more important to perform than to announce loudly - but there is an extremely important parallel agenda to this entire exercise - and that is the active mobilization of female participation and leadership, both in the Challenge and, more important yet, when the real action begins in the cities you and we live in.

    As we all know all too well, the basic facts of life, the values, the shape and the workings of the transportation sector as we all know have been largely dominated by males, whether as engineers, planners, administrators, politicos, or suppliers. So, not surprisingly, we have a made-to-order male transportation system. Bingo! A set of daily life arrangements that work well enough for women, maybe, but for women who accept and adapt to the dominant male pattern. Hmm.

    Strange as it may seem, this tradition of long male dominance is an important part of the problem. And anything that sets out to fix it, had better be shaped from the beginning by strong female presence.

    This is no new concern of The Commons and the New Mobility Agenda as those of you who have followed our work over the years. But it turns out that in a field that is still largely populated by the other sex, it is not all that easy to find and located females who are available to come in and through their own presence, authority and, yes when needed, guile shape that agenda.

    Our task this time around is greatly facilitated in part because of the nature of the Kyoto Challenge as defined here. It is not, as you will have surely noted, a purely transportation exercise. Indeed one of the central theses of the Challenge is that a very great part of the solution in each case lies well outside of the traditional transportation sector and its technical and jurisdictional competence. This brings us into a myriad of "new" areas, and in many of which women are increasingly appearing in leadership roles: community organization, local government, schools, children's issues, psychology, social work, public health, the law, journalism and the list goes on. Moreover, since we are seeking to bring in more than usual proportion of people early in their careers, this too helps in righting the long held imbalance.

    So this give us both our problematique, and our challenge. Just to make sure that we rise to the challenge, we have set ourselves what may appear to be a too modest goal: at least 20% participation of the stronger sex (It's that extra X chromosome) in our International Advisory Council. And then once we have achieved that - a goal which by the way will make us a rather unique group in international transport policy circles -- we can then take off the gloves and get serious;. But for now, let's get started, and if you are a member of our Council, well please help us to stretch our wings and fly.

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    No Fear of Youth here

    All too often Councils and governing boards of this sort tend to bring together 'proven values': people who have made their mark and are widely recognized as leaders in their field. And if you look through this list you will see that we have a very large number of people of truly outstanding talent and accomplishment here. And we are of course very glad to have them with us so that we can benefit from their experience and wisdom. Which gives us a good beginning.

    But if you take the time to go out on to the street, whether in Toronto or Amsterdam, Delhi or Bogota, Bhaktapur or Tallinn, you may be surprised at how many talented and dedicated young people you find working out there, doing their best under often pretty trying circumstances. Planners, urbanists, engineers, activists, administrators, researchers, social workers, trainers, coaches and public health workers, and the list goes on.

    So we have some compelling reasons to make sure that we bring in a good cross section of these young people here. First because they are very good at what they do... we have watched them study the problem, work it, fail, try again, run into unforeseen problems, go back, fix it and finally make the damn thing work. That's one reason.

    And another of the reasons they are doing well is that they have come to the challenges in many cases substantially less encumbered by old thinking and patterns than those of us whose education and early work experience was in another time, when the issues and values were rather different on the whole from the reality of this new century. They are thus in many ways better equipped for thee new and trying circumstances than us old folks who were brought up in softer and more staid times.

    But finally, let's not forget that they are our future. So we might as well take the strong ones already showing that they can perform, and bring them into positions of responsibility without waiting for their hair to gray. They will be able to make their own mistakes, but the odds are -- am I an incurable optimist? -- that they'll do a lot better than we have.

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    Transportation Virtuosity

    This is the sine quo non of New Mobility success, and is something that should not get lost in the push to greater diversity. Transport and traffic planners, together with their colleagues in transport systems operations, have come a long way in the last two decades. Their perspectives have broadened considerably and their tools have expanded and evolved hugely in terms of their sophistication and on street potential. If in earlier decades the dominant mindset and activities were primarily oriented toward traffic accommodation and infrastructure building, at the leading edge of the profession both thinking and practice have changed considerably.

    As a result today we have a new generation of planners and practitioners who are better equipped than at any time in the past to deal with the challenges of sustainability in our cities, and it is with them at the core of the necessary technical adaptation that the Kyoto Challenge is going to be met.

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    Levels of engagement and participation

    As you will appreciate, the people whose names appear here are in all cases already hugely over-booked. Thus it would be unreasonable as well as unrealistic to expect that most of them are going to be able to put a great deal of time into this specifically . . . unless, as will surely be the case for some, the approaches, tools and contacts grouped here turn out to be directly applicable to their own work and responsibilities immediately at hand.

    The most immediate thing the signatories offer to the Kyoto Cities Challenge program in this first instance, is that by posting their names here they are announcing to any and all that: (a) they believe that not only are the transport-related problems racking our cities of great importance and urgency, but also (b) that it makes good sense in most cases to look to see what can be done by way of strong remedial measures and policies to make a very large impact on the city within a very short period, i.e., the two or three years immediately ahead.

    One thing that we can expect to see as the project gains momentum will be a certain amount of creative clustering, both as specific organizations begin to get together here and there in their work and projects, but we will certainly also see specific city, project and program clusters emerge as the group expands and as Council members suggest and bring in additional experts with the kinds of competences that are going to be needed to make this whole thing work. (See just below for more on this.)

    In conclusion: Those colleagues working in various ways on these issues around the world are making a contribution by their public support of more aggressive approaches to the challenges as hand -- and it is up to us here to make sure that we give back to them in turn ideas, tools and information that make this a fair trade. Stay tuned.

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    Organizing in clusters and local working groups

    While the overall objectives and many of the supporting devices and tools that make up this project are international and hence quite general, the bottom line of Kyoto Cities is in fact very specific: doing what we can to encourage, support and help bring about significant changes in the transportation arrangements of individual cities. For this to be achieved, we need to find ways to create or link more focused groupings that can then get together to back and support specific remedial actions. To this end, we are giving our full attention to the concepts of 'supporting clusters' which we divide into three broad types:

    • Sectors
    • Regions
    • Cities

    In each of these cases, it is our goal not to try to create new connecting networks but rather, where they already exist, to work with others who are in place and working to advance their own related agendas. At this early point (1 July 2006) we are still far from clear as to how the mechanics of this partitioned though still accessible internal networking are going to be achieved in each case, but we can at the very least set out the goals and overall organization that we have in mind.

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    The Sector Clusters

    Thus far these are the sectors that are emerging, both in terms of the interests and work of the individual members of the International Council, and in that of the various partner and associated groups and programs:

    • Active transport (walking, cycling, etc.)
    • Children
    • Economics, finance
    • Education, learning
    • Environment and ecology issues
    • Governance, law,
    • Independent living
    • The IT, transport, environment interface
    • Land use, Public space programs
    • Media and communications
    • New technology systems (within 20 month window)
    • Policing, enforcement
    • Public health
    • Public transport, rail, bus, etc.
    • Street, Infrastructure modification
    • Taxis, carsharing, paratransit and other shared services
    • Transport, traffic planning, modeling and simulation
    • Transport Demand Management (TDM)
    • Women: issues and leadership

    Let us take the concept of an Independent Living Cluster as an example. If the ultimate objective of the Kyoto Cities approach is a very broad reshaping of the mobility system in any place, what better time to bring in the spokesmen for those with mobility handicapped and access limitations than at the outset of the restructuring process. What we have learned over the years with painful and not always particularly successful experience with this in places in which the transportation arrangements are already in place, is that it is far easier to fit -- then to retrofit. For example.

    The full list goes on of course, but the point here is that it is useful in this context if we find ways to efficiently link these people, groups, areas of expertise and points of view into linked and active clusters so that they can together bring their collective expertise, experience and contacts to work in support of both the overall program agenda, and for the specific city initiatives that are the ultimate goal of all this work.

    Again an example may help make this clear. The Baltic region is an area which is undergoing massive pressures in its historical cities for transportation systems change and for which the available models are, unfortunately, dominated for the most part by old thinking (call it accommodating lots more cars in short). Clearly focused regional action and expertise is badly needed. Hence the Baltic Cluster.

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    Regional clusters

    We are also finding it useful to do what we can to create links between individuals and groups in specific geographic areas. Here for instance are the main regions that we are trying to find ways to link efficiently within the overall communications and exchange efforts:

    • Africa
    • Asia/Pacific
    • Australia/New Zealand/Other Pacific
    • Baltic region
    • Central/East Europe
    • Latin America/Caribbean
    • Near/Middle East
    • North America
    • Russian Federation
    • Small Island Developing States
    • West Europe

    By doing our best to create working links and encourage exchanges within these regions, we are creating a little structure that can help us all to understand the special needs of each of these regions. And by making sure they are specifically targeted and in some ways followed and advanced as possible (though associated groups and networks).

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    City clusters and working groups

    At this point we have as yet nothing concrete to report by way of specific 20/20 city projects. However we can mention that there are a certain number of first discussions forming up, including in: Cambridge (Mass), Hamilton (Ontario), Kitakyushu, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Toronto.

    The basic "model" that we have in mind is to start by working hand in hand with one or more well placed activist or local government contacts in that city or general area, and then in iterations to see if we can work with them to build up a more or less informal working group as a first stage, which perhaps in time can then be developed into a "City of XXX Kyoto Challenge Consortium". But for more on this we need a bit more time to observe how this is actually going to work out in practice. Stay tuned!

    For a rather good idea of the kinds of groups who should be involved in such a preparatory outreach effort, we invite you to check out the Local Implementation Partners link.

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    Linking the Council and the Leading Cities

    It is our experience that when it is possible for the members of the Council and the projects to "get together in person" at low cost, frequently and with a high quality interface to develop their ideas, listen to each other, and in general take full advantage of their collective intelligence, everyone gains in the process.

    In the case of the Stockholm Partnerships for Sustainable Cities we were fortunate to have the collaboration and support of Polycom (, one of the leading providers of video and group conferencing systems. Thus we were able to put a complete video installation in the hands of each of the members of the International Jury, thus allowing one-on-one videoconferences and group work. These handy working links went a long way to assisting the success of this splendid project.

    For Kyoto Cities our approach is to build on this experience and to take it several steps further. For more on this, please have a look at The Bridge section here.


    Do you have a nomination for the Council? If so we will be pleased to hear from you, and it would be kind if you attach enough information on your candidate for us to make an informed decision.

    We are hoping to ensure strong coverage and variety, both in terms of disciplines, countries, and areas of expertise and predilection. And as you can imagine women, people with hands-on experience in the cities of the developing world, and those with experience with the special problems of those with mobility limitations and living in poor areas will be particularly welcome. Plus a full quorum of young people (say 35 or younger) who will be able to keep moving ahead with this message in the decades ahead.

    Finally, we also need help in terms of media and financing, without which this project is never going to make its full mark.

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