One Simple Gesture Can Make A World Of Difference

Palm of hand with smiley on it

Image: Ben Smith, Flickr CC-BY-SA 2.0

If you live in the country or a small town, you almost certainly will notice something when you visit a big city: people don’t smile or greet you as you walk past.

If you live in a big city, chances are that you won’t even notice that it’s missing.

It’s something I notice, particularly Continue reading

6 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Body and Your Planet

New Year resolution book & pen Flickr vanhookc CC BY-SAAnother year over, and a new one just begun. Happy New Year and may it be a wonderful one!

As 2015 begins, but before it starts to speed away, many of us will be taking a moment to look back. A brief chance to take stock of the past and with this in mind, plan changes for the Continue reading

Goals For Planning A New Urban Development – Or Home…

Picture of bland medium density development and street

Recently completed residential units in Kingston, ACT, Australia. (I could have chosen some even newer and more boring ones in the same suburb, but these were handy.)
Image by Gillian King, CC BY-NC-SA

In my last post I wrote about the current and emerging complicated and complex challenges for urban planning and development and how collaboration can address these challenges – and get good outcomes.

If you were planning a new urban development – or a new home – what would be your goals for addressing these challenges?

Think about it for a moment.

If you were living or working in – or Continue reading

What Is The Key To Successful Sustainable Urban Development?

I was recently involved in consultation Woman showing frustration and holding on to hairabout planning for a new suburban development.  We were responding to a proposal from a developer.

Most of us involved do not have any problem with development per se, especially increasing density in existing urban areas. That’s because it can be an exciting step forward in Continue reading

The Inconvenient Truth About High Gas Prices

Photo: Steven Depolo licenced under CC BY 2.0

Photo: Steven Depolo licenced under CC BY 2.0

‘High gas prices threaten thousands of jobs, billions of dollars: industry.’

That was the headline for an ABC story on 21 July 2014 about a report by Deloitte Access Economics. Fairfax media ran a similar story with the headline ‘Thousands of jobs at risk due to surging gas price, new research warns’.

But is it the full story? Continue reading