SUSTAINABLE PENANG WHATSAPP AS A CROWD RESEARCH TOOL

Dear friends, we have a wonderful resource here with Whatsapp Sustainable Penang in the form of a searchable database of all of our exchanges since the generous creation of this great collaborative tool by no less than the formidable Engineer Lim Thean Heng all the way back there on December 14, 2015.

Just in case you didn’t notice it the transcript of all of these conversations which I have collected and inspected in searchable form run for more than half a million words of what . . . Not just idle chat, but rather the exchanges of a conserved citizenry about the sustainability challenges of Penang in all its dimensions, including of course the running battle of the Penang Transport Master Plan .

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World Streets International Advisory Council

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With one eye to laying the base for our work and collaborative programs , we are currently in the process of updating and extending this list of distinguished international colleagues, each of whom is hard at work day after day on challenges, projects and programs, alone and with others, all in support of the principles of sustainable development and equity, in cities and countries around the world.  It is our intention to have the revised and expanded version of this panel listing online in the early autumn of 2016.

The final version will include some explanatory materials  to clarify the process by which this “New Mobility Majority” is in the process of overtaking the old attitudes, approaches and policies which have been largely responsible for our gross under-performance in the sector,  all the more important as the 21st century noose tightens in terms of climate, local environment, energy supply, scarce resources, the economy, congestion, poor service quality for the majority, and the long list goes on.  (In the meantime we want to hear from you with your ideas and outstanding nominations for the panel.  And if you spot errors or omissions on the following, please get in touch and let us know.)

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New Look for Phase II: Watching Brief

magnifying glassSustainable Penang:  Toward a New Mobility Agenda,  The Phase Two Watching Brief  is just getting underway, so we are taking this opportunity to carry out a major overhaul of the website and related social media sites,  as you will now see in these pages. The site is already fast-growing with new postings, comments and graphics coming in steadily.  So as you can well imagine it can be pretty easy to get lost in such a mass. Fortunately we have taken advantage of a quite handy nest of Search functions which you will find explained here

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New Mobility Initiatives: Table of Ideas

During the course of the several dozen discussions and presentations which took place over the Penang Forum meetingperiod 22 September through 6 October 2013, in which in all more than 500 people from a broad range of organizations participated, a great deal of attention was given to the discussion of new project ideas and initiatives which could in time provide the actual content of an eventual longer-term Sustainable Penang/New Mobility collaborative program. Subsequent to these sessions, the following  list of project ideas was generated by the joint Think City/EcoPlan team. The presentation that follows is still quite rough but will give the reader an idea of the wide range of ideas under consideration.

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Rethinking Mobility in Penang: Values, Strategies, Targets

FB  Penang announcementFortunately Penang does not have to start from the beginning and all by itself reinvent its presently troubled transportation arrangements to create a beautiful and sustainable city. There are many cities in different parts of the world who have in the past addressed these same challenges, patiently, consistently and with continuity and excellent results. So in many ways there is nothing new; it all depends on how you put it together. And it is these cities and these projects that provide examples for Penang. All of these examples taken together constitute what we call the New Mobility Agenda. Let us have a look as been learned over the last three decades in these “rethinking cities”.

Underlying objective: All of the strategic points set out in the following have already been adopted by leading cities around the world, many of them in Europe. And they will in time be adopted, adapted  and put into service in Penang. But the objective of this program’s  is to accelerate this learning process, in the hope of gaining at least five maybe ten or more years in bringing world-class mobility to Penang.

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Sustainable Penang Roadmap

magnifying glassThis website has three main functions: (a) Platform:  to provide an open platform for collaborative communication on the target program; (b) Network:  outreach and linking to extend the number and range of people and organizations interested to follow progress here, and (c) Reference: a reference resource to serve planners, policy makers, NGOs, academics, students, environment and transport user groups, neighborhood organizations and others wishing to follow the SP/NM project over 2013-2016.  The entire site and reference system has been laid out to serve both local partners and readers in Penang and Malaysia, as well as  international readers interested to inform themselves and follow the development of this original and in many ways exemplary three-year project in Penang.

To take them in order (content as per 28 April 2014):

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Team Building in Penang: Key Organizations and Agencies

malaysia penang mail boxThe following listing of twenty-plus organizations is intended eventually to identify all those groups and institutions who are going to have a role in the restructuring of Penang’s transportation arrangements. (Each of these entries is clickable and will take you directly to the indicated source.)

But here’s our question. Are there other groups and agencies (and companies and media) who should be identified here for communication and coordination purposes in support of the project?  And should you have a contact name and email address at hand, that would be much appreciated. If so please let us know via the email address penang@ecoplan.org. Thank you.

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