Chaos (but wait for chaos management)

Iran Teheran pedestrian crossing

This website for The Streets of Iran (https://streetsofiran.wordpress.com/) is today a total mess. It has been dormant, ignored for the last three years while our attention has been turned elsewhere. However as part of a major update of the World Streets website at https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/ we have decided to see if we can pump some life into what we still several years later believe to be a worthy networking effort.

Basically our goal is to see if we can create a lively bilingual network of people within Iran but also others who are interested in seeing how Iranian cities and their institutions are coping with the challenges of sustainable transportation and sustainability more generally. (And if it happens that as we move ahead with this and  become more familiar with all that is out there to help those of us wishing to understand better the city transport scene in Iran, you can be sure that their efforts will be put into the first line.)

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Culture break: “A Few Cubic Meters of Love”

“A Few Cubic Meters of Love” is a drama on migration and love directed and produced by Afghan brothers Jamshid Mahmudi and Navid Mahmudi who have lived in Iran for the past 30 years. See article from The Other Iran: “A Few Cubic Meters of Love”.

Culture allows us to understand each other better. And if we understand each other better in our soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers that today separate us. But first we have to understand that our neighbour is, in the end, just like us, with the same problems, the same questions.

Adapted from Paulo Coelho

 

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Bio: Trained as a development economist, Francis Eric Knight Britton is MD of EcoPlan International, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, economics, sustainable development and democracy. His forthcoming book, “Toward a General Theory of Transport in Cities”, is being presented, discussed and critiqued in a series of international conferences, master classes, peer reviews and media events over 2015. - - > More: http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7

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Knoogle Iran (and see what you get)

magnifying glassKNOOGLE IRAN is at http://goo.gl/Ap67Re. Click it here and see what it can tell you about city transport and sustainability in Iran.

Knoogle New Mobility 3.0 is the third iteration of a power search engine originally developed by EcoPlan and World Streets in cooperation with the SMART program of the University of Michigan.

Use it like Google, but . . . the great advantage over the usual Google search is that (a) it is far more compact and focused in its offerings, because (b) it scans and reports on the work and offering of the carefully selected key sources and sites that are leading the way (approximately 800 as of this date).

Specifically tailored to help policy makers, local government, researchers, NGOs, students, activists, consultants, concerned citizens and the media keep up efficiently with the work and activities of the leading international groups, programs and sources leading the field of sustainable transport and sustainable cities worldwide.

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Can anyone here explain this?

The Streets of Iran has been dormant since mid-summer, when it was first posted in order to see if we could create a thoughtful collaborative instrument for talking about transport in cities in Iran from a broad international perspective.  But even though it has not been fed with new information over this period, nonetheless a fairly steady parade of international visitors continue to drop in regularly, apparently to have a look. But a look at what? Who? Why? Continue reading