My new paper with Prof. Isa Baud in Habitat International just became available online. [gated, but write me] It is part of a special issue on Configuring Knowledge for urban water-related risks and vulnerabilities. Though several shorter pieces written for a lay audience will follow, the paper centres on why despite the fact that all the knowledge needed for managing floods in Chennai is locally available, there are distinct barriers to knowledge sharing, based on framings that determine what it relevant to consider as flood management, or not. keep reading
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In the same way that the assumption that more transparency will automatically lead to empowerment, it is not enough to assume that encouraging urban agriculture will automatically lead to social cohesion. Contrary to what many might think, most people involved in community gardening don’t have a green thumb. Many have never gone farther than buying a pot of basil in the supermarket, and chucking it out after a few weeks of it withering. Instead, people are enthusiastic and open to learning. keep reading
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This is a really useful infographic that actually uses the benefits of spatial relationships inherent in mindmapping. Beyond the capitalist paradigm is a mapping from BlaqSwans and the P2P foundation and their blog the Commons Transition. These guys are working on what the sharing economy actually means, going beyond discourse as a marketing tool and putting it into practice. It’s always inspiring to see people actually working on these big questions. keep reading
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