Only connect … through urban acupuncture?

A few years ago I ran three debates with the support of the RSA and the (now defunct) Mid Wiltshire Economic Partnership, exploring the whole question of what our small towns and larger villages are for….

£100bn bonuses or social justice?

Just as the Robin Hood Tax campaign reported that bonuses paid out by banks and insurers since the start of the financial crisis are set to top £100bn this year, new proposals have just been published by the…

The real lesson from Ebenezer Howard and garden towns – fundamental land reform?

The ideas offered by Ebenezer Howard are fascinating – mixing the best of town and country living. You can see its influence on new urbanism, on the transition town concept and other current approaches. But…

Did Ebenezer Howard get it right?

Back on track after the worst hacking cough for 20 years… ho hum not enough rum methinks… Anyway, while away Julian Dobson, whose Urban Pollinators produces some wonderfully adroit thinking about towns and communities, wrote…

“We thought that knowledge was scarce, when in fact it was just that our shelves were small.”

Just finished David Weinberger‘s instructive ‘Too Big To Know” mentioned earlier. He’s analysing how we can benefit by adapting to the flood of information that has resulted from the Web. But first, an understanding of…

Two people worth knowing

Just got round to reading David Weinberger‘s 2012 book Too Big To Know. Summary: “Rather than a systemic collapse, the Internet era represents a fundamental change in the methods we have for understanding the world…