Be patient and persevere when

chinese horses running - chinese-painting ink P080084L


when you don’t hear the
hoofing sounds of horses put
your ear to the ground

Most of these words came in the mail  this morning, modestly hiding  in a letter of encouragement from our friend and colleague  Lim Thean Heng, commenting on our persistent, at times too persistent, efforts to create and support the conditions for a sustainable mobility renaissance in Penang, which is not always that easy or as fast as one might like.  So let’s credit these seventeen syllables (5/7/5) to LTH for this year’s Haiku Sustainability Slam.

And for the latest on our Haikus from many places, let me point you to “Inside world: 2015 World Streets Haiku Sustainability Slam” at

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And this recently from Hsin Chu, in the hope of inspiring you:

the great art is to
listen to the softest voice
even in the wind

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Or this good counsel from  Khoo Salma of the Penang Heritage Trust:

when trying to write
haikus on mobility
you have to stand still

Now, are you inspired? Give it a try.  It really is like a sudden sweet fresh breeze on your sweating face on a hot and humid day.

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

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: * This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 licence.

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