"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

{FAVEL issues}

Location: International

Website: www.favelissues.com

FAVELissues is a collaborative blog analyzing urban informality on a global scale. With such an interdisciplinary team composed of sociologists, architects, planners, economists, political scientists, academics and practitioners, and such an international body (US, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, India, South Africa and Egypt amongst others).

FAVELissues is sure to bring multiple perspectives – bridging both theory and practice- to discussions of city growth, development, and sustainability.

New economic processes and forms of urbanization are apparent in today’s society. With over half of the world’s population now urban, and a great percentage of the urbanization happening informally, the discourse of globalization and the global city can no longer exclude and is no longer separate from the informal one.

How should we manage urban growth, acknowledging that a large percentage of it lies in the realm of the favela? How should we balance the growing urban population, the rights for shelter and rights to the city, with the aims of environmental management and a more inclusive and equitable urbanism and development?

FAVELissues began as a reflection of Adriana’s observations and research during her 2010 travel fellowship. Today, the blog has transformed into an open forum for discussions addressing urban informality, urban upgrading and city development.

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