Massimiliano Amirfeiz | 3 Jun 23:24 2009
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Re: Energy and equity: a beginner's guide to designing a zero carbon transport system


The lecture recording has just been uploaded to the following link:

http://www.sei.se/news-a-events/news-archive/1534-john-whitelegg-lecture.html

Even if the projected slides can't be seen, the spoken part of it is
very interesting.

Thank you Simon (and prof. Whitelegg).

Massimiliano Amirfeiz
Green-Mobility
Italy

On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 9:36 PM, Simon Field <s.d.field@...> wrote:
> Hi all.
>
> In answer to the queries I've received, the recording of John Whitelegg's
> lecture will appear on the same website within a week or so. Will let you
> know as soon as I have more information.
>
> I'm glad it aroused so much interest!
>
> Simon.
>
> On Mon, May 18, 2009 at 5:51 PM, Simon Field <s.d.field@...>
> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Hi all.
(Continue reading)

heller | 3 Jun 23:44 2009
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Re: Energy and equity: a beginner's guide to designing a zero carbon transport system


... or download [475 MB]:
http://www.sei.se/mediamanager/images/Video/johnWhitelegg-inaugural-18th-may.wmv

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Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 11:24 PM
Subject: [carfree_network] Re: Energy and equity: a beginner's guide to
designing a zero carbon transport system

>
> The lecture recording has just been uploaded to the following link:
>
> http://www.sei.se/news-a-events/news-archive/1534-john-whitelegg-lecture.html
>
> Even if the projected slides can't be seen, the spoken part of it is
> very interesting.
>
> Thank you Simon (and prof. Whitelegg).
>
> Massimiliano Amirfeiz
> Green-Mobility
> Italy
>
> On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 9:36 PM, Simon Field <s.d.field@...> wrote:
>> Hi all.
>>
>> In answer to the queries I've received, the recording of John Whitelegg's
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Steve Atlas | 4 Jun 01:26 2009
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A special note for anyone considering visiting a beach in the United States this summer without a car

Hi everyone,
 
I just want to let you know about my new e-book that has just been published.
The title of the book is: Car Free at the Beach: 20 U.S. Beaches you can Enjoy Without a Car.
A free chapter and worksheet are available at my new website: http://carfreeamerica.com.
 
For too long, we have focused on how and why to be car-free. My personal goal, and the goal for this
e-book (first of several I plan to write) is to showcase specific communities and areas where people can
live, vacation or retire without needing to depend on a car.
 
If any of you have had good experiences visiting a U.S. beach or other North American beach without a car,
let me know. Perhaps, I can spotlight it in one of my Car Free Journey columns, or in a future report or e-book.
 
My new website is http://carfreeamerica.com
 
I'm proud to belong to World Carfree Network, and hope this e-book can be a useful resource to help reduce car-dependency.
 
Steve

Steve Atlas, author, columnist, and writer
http://carfreeamerica.com/
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heller | 5 Jun 16:07 2009
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Berlin: Next Sunday annual "Bicycle-Star-Ride", more than 200,000 expected

Hi all,
 
For all not too far away from Berlin: Next Sunday, June-7, takes places the world`s biggest bycicle demonstration in Berlin, the annual "Bicycle-Star-Ride" ("Fahrradsternfahrt"). Usually, more than 200,000 cyclists are on the streets (eg in 2007: 250,000, in 2008 the bicycle club and the police couldn`t get agreement on the number, but it was similar, I think).
This year, the Senate of Berlin wanted to hinder us to ride on the inner city Autobahn (like we ride on every year), but the cyclists have won the law-suit against the Senate (a red-red-coalition), so we can ride on all planned routes incl the Autobahnen "Avus", "A-100", etc ...
 
unfortunately, the organiser, the local bicycle club ADFC-Berlin, provides no english information...
or
 
 
cheers, Markus
 
 
P.S.:
Michael Moore finds very clear words on car-crisis:
http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/message/index.php?id=248
Monday, June 1st, 2009
"Goodbye, GM ..." by Michael Moore
 

 
 

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Tanja Eskola | 5 Jun 19:20 2009
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AGM 2009 and Network Capacity Building Seminar & Survey

Dear members and friends of WCN,

I'm happy to let you know that the carfree headquarters of WCN is planning to organize a 3-day event consisting of capacity building and
network development, together with the 2009 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Prague, Czech Republic, this autumn.

It’s been a while since we've had a gathering in Europe. Therefore we wish to create as inspirational and empowering event as possible in order to reconnect and revitalize ourselves and for that we need your assistance: We have launched a brief survey to perceive your interests, hopes and wishes regarding the event.

Please spare a couple of minutes and take the survey at
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=6v51nHjeggFfJggmS21cZw_3d_3d
Its worth it, there are carfree T-shirts up for grabs!

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any other suggestions, comments or questions related to the event!

With best regards from Prague,
Tanja Eskola

PS. An update regarding the TCC IX and X conferences will follow next week. Thank you for you patience. 


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Fan Carbusters online at
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Marty Collier | 8 Jun 16:10 2009
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1,000 units, near car-free, planned in Hayward

FYI

Marty Collier, MES
Healthy Transport Consulting

 

1,000 units, near car-free, planned in Hayward

Monday, June 8, 2009

Hayward, an East Bay suburb not known for pushing progressive ideals, quietly has laid the groundwork for a radical experiment in environmentally conscious living - a nearly car-free housing development.

Quarry Village is a proposed 1,000-unit neighborhood that would fill a former quarry near Cal State East Bay and 1 1/2 miles from the Hayward BART Station. It's the brainchild of Sherman Lewis, a professor emeritus in political science at Cal State East Bay who created a nonprofit organization to promote the idea with local officials, investors and developers.

According to Lewis, 69, people would rent or buy eco-friendly, garage-free homes in the densely built community with interconnected pathways. Residents would receive transit passes with the cost of their home but could pay separately for one of just 100 parking spaces.

A village square would feature a grocery store and other services. Shuttles would ferry passengers to the campus and BART.

While Lewis said he already has 100 people signed up to buy a home if the village is ever built, he is not funding the project himself, and it's unclear whether real estate investors will take a risk on his unconventional proposition.

'Huge pent-up demand'

"There's a huge pent-up demand for this, and I think it would make a lot of money," Lewis said. "But lenders have to be interested. If they're not, it will fail."

The village pushes the envelope of the "smart growth" philosophy, which de-emphasizes the automobile by creating new development near public transit. In recent years, a handful of projects in Europe, the United States and elsewhere have discouraged auto use by narrowing streets, cutting parking and pushing transit alternatives. Projects also are reducing energy use and emissions from building materials, heating and cooling systems.

Few places in the world have made a nearly car-free development a reality, however. One is in Freiburg, Germany, a city of 215,000 that has a history of left-leaning causes, including Germany's anti-nuclear and environmental movements of the 1960s.

The Vauban development in Freiburg is a 6,000-resident community completed in 2006. It has two large garages on the development's periphery, and residents can purchase a parking space for an additional $40,000. Seventy percent of the residents don't own cars.

Car-free a tough sell

But advocates for car-reduced living in the United States face enormous hurdles.

First, most U.S. suburbs don't have the widespread public transit infrastructure necessary to make such communities desirable to Americans, who are not yet giving up their cars in large numbers. Second, real estate investors and developers generally are risk-averse and aren't ready to bet that enough buyers are prepared to go without cars.

In Vauban, an electric streetcar runs through the community's only main street and connects riders with downtown, a university and several business parks. At Quarry Village, a main public transportation line would be more than a mile away.

"I'm skeptical that you can eliminate cars in a development that is not directly on top of transit," said Jeff Loux, a land-use expert and UC Davis professor who has visited Vauban. "You have to make the alternative almost as convenient and, hopefully, cheaper than cars."

But Loux said a Quarry Village model just might work if its shuttles are so frequent that residents don't feel inconvenienced. It's hard for anyone to really know unless the idea is tried in the United States, he said.

While the Hayward experiment might be a longshot, it has made major strides.

On May 28, the Hayward Planning Commission approved new zoning that allows for a higher level of housing per acre at the 30-acre quarry than what is permitted in the rest of the city, and that cuts way back on the amount of parking required.

Special zoning approved

New residential development in California commonly requires two parking spaces per housing unit. Under the new Hayward zoning, there is no minimum number of spaces, only maximums - 1.3 spaces per studio or one-bedroom unit, to 1.5 spaces for a two-unit or larger home.

And while Lewis does not have previous real estate experience, he is receiving help with a financial plan from energy-efficient home builder Zeta Communities, which has experienced builders and planners on staff. Another advantage for Quarry Village is that the land is owned by Caltrans, which, after scrapping plans for a freeway extension, wants to unload the property.

Other Bay Area cities already have crafted land-use policies to push development and renovations in a more environmentally conscious direction.

2 big projects in S.F.

San Francisco is partnering with developers on two huge redevelopment projects, one at Treasure Island and another that comprises both Candlestick Point and the Hunters Point Shipyard. Together they could add 36,000 residents to the city in the next 20 years.

Neither project includes single-family housing, and each is designed with energy conservation in mind. Plans include allowing buyers to purchase parking separately from their homes and requiring them to buy transit passes. The total number of residential parking spaces in each plan is cut back from most new development, but not nearly as much as at Quarry Village.

Michael Cohen, who manages the city's development projects, said he believes the San Francisco projects are innovative as well as realistic.

"We believe that what we are trying to do is at the very edge of environmental sustainability while still being financially feasible," Cohen said.

Others are convinced that investors will give something like Quarry Village a shot sooner rather than later.

"The market will test whether it's viable," said Gerrit Knapp, at the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland. "There are segments of the population that will find this attractive; no car is the extreme, but less car is hardly novel."

E-mail Robert Selna at rselna-qxYgjPHdLTjfiIqoQl7HmA@public.gmane.org.


 
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Jym Dyer | 8 Jun 18:37 2009

Re: 1,000 units, near car-free, planned in Hayward


=v= Quarry Village was mentioned briefly in a _Times_ article
last month:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/12/science/earth/12suburb.html

So I looked it up:

http://www.quarryvillage.org/

=v= Hayward is close to Oakland and San Francisco (via the
region's only well-funded transit line), but Quarry Village
is 1.5 miles UPHILL (and across a highway) from the transit
stop.  That kind of configuration makes walking and biking
a harder sell.  (I'm generally not impressed with shuttles.)

=v= I think this might just be glorified student housing.
I support the concept, of course, but that population is
transient.
    <_Jym_≥

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heller | 9 Jun 12:35 2009
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WCN website blocked in China

Hi all,
 
I just heard that our WCN-website is blocked in China:
 
(...)
Yet another issue is accessibility. Specifically, a number of carfree websites, including the World Carfree Network's and World Streets (as it's hosted on blogspot), are currently blocked by China's firewall.
(...)
 
- what to do about ?? I am no web-expert, but first we need to know about ... !
 
any ideas ? Information / contact chinese embassies ? Then protest if that doesn`t help ? involve public media ? Any experiences with that problem ?
 
(I guess only start an alternate website is no help - chinese web-controllers will find it and block. It`s a fundamental thing to solve, no ?)
 
cheers from Berlin
Markus
 
- the discussion below is about geographical re-focussing of the [sustrans] mailinglist , and how to improve participation
 
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: jane.
Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 11:33 AM
Subject: [sustran] Fw: Re: Regional focus for sustran-discuss: Asia or theglobal South?


Loss of face might be part of the explanation, but I don't think it fully uncovers the situation. English might be the language of educated classes in India and the Philippines, but that still overlooks a vast number of people in the "Global South"--namely, people in China (not to mention southeast Asia, etc.). If we look at the Chinese-language Internet, for example, we can see that it is extremely active, and the oft-quote "Chinese netizens" tend to be very vocal and opinionated on both foreign and domestic matters ... on Chinese-language discussion forums. (See the somewhat raunchy www.chinasmack.com for a peek into this activity, diligently translated into English by an anonymous Shanghai-based blogger). To me this would indicate issues with common language, lack of awareness of the list, and/or lack of interest.

I suspect without resources available in simplified Chinese, it will be mighty difficult to get many voices heard from within mainland China.

Yet another issue is accessibility. Specifically, a number of carfree websites, including the World Carfree Network's and World Streets (as it's hosted on blogspot), are currently blocked by China's firewall.

Does somebody have access to the number and demographics of the existing members? How many are actually in Asia, and especially the regions? Do those numbers shed any light on the silence?

Jane

--- On Sun, 6/7/09, Zvi Leve wrote:

From: Zvi Leve
Subject: [sustran] Re: Regional focus for sustran-discuss: Asia or the global South?
To: "Jonathan E. D. Richmond" <... <at> alum.mit.edu>
Cc: "Paul Barter" <... <at> nus.edu.sg>, Sustran-discuss-d09AxprgQ7xc6EwALvHxoA@public.gmane.org
Date: Sunday, June 7, 2009, 12:07 AM

I do not think that it is exactly "fear of punishment" that inhibits people from certain cultures from participating in such 'public' exchanges - it is more a "fear of losing face". That is, they are worried about how they will be perceived by others.... When interacting with people directly it is easier to understand the social cues, so more people would be inclined to actively participate.

Not sure what can be done about this. If one desires, it is not difficult to hide one's true identity from the forum (generic email address, no full name, etc.), but this does not seem to make much of a difference.

Anyway....

Zvi



2009/6/6 Jonathan E. D. Richmond <... <at> alum.mit.edu>


I do not think the issue is fear of lack of knowledge but fear of punishment.

In many Asian countries there is a taboo about expressing opinions, an activity often felt to be reserved for politicians and the most senior officers --Jonathan!

 

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jane. | 9 Jun 14:16 2009
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Re: WCN website blocked in China

As long as I've been in China (since 2004), the WCN site has been blocked here.

This is in contrast to other blanket blockages, like the recent blocking of Flickr, Twitter, etc., which was lifted just several days after it was imposed. Other sites, like Wikipedia, have at times been blocked; Blogspot, Livejournal, and Youtube are all currently blocked and have been for some months.

Sometimes, sites are blocked for no apparent reason. It's hard to say whether a site like WCN offends the CPC's agenda or if it was just coincidentally blocked.

Most parties who are genuinely interested in getting around the "Great Firewall" know how to use proxy sites to access blocked sites, but the added effort involved is indeed a deterrent.

I'm no expert, but I've had a little bit of experience with this. The first step is to contact the server that the site is hosted on and ask if they know anything. It could be something as simple as the location of the server.

Protesting is no way to solve anything in China. Involving the Western media in Chinese affairs is also no way to solve anything here.

But given that the WCN site has little (no?) information in Chinese, I wonder how many would-be hits from China the site misses anyway. I would suspect not that many.

Jane


--- On Tue, 6/9/09, heller-eIl3k1piWmly0T758RiaJg@public.gmane.org <heller <at> worldcarfree.net> wrote:

From: heller <at> worldcarfree.net <heller-eIl3k1piWmly0T758RiaJg@public.gmane.org>
Subject: [carfree_network] WCN website blocked in China
To: carfree_network-/JYPxA39Uh5TLH3MbocFFw@public.gmane.org
Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 6:35 PM

Hi all,
 
I just heard that our WCN-website is blocked in China:
 
(...)
Yet another issue is accessibility. Specifically, a number of carfree websites, including the World Carfree Network's and World Streets (as it's hosted on blogspot), are currently blocked by China's firewall.
(...)
 
- what to do about ?? I am no web-expert, but first we need to know about ... !
 
any ideas ? Information / contact chinese embassies ? Then protest if that doesn`t help ? involve public media ? Any experiences with that problem ?
 
(I guess only start an alternate website is no help - chinese web-controllers will find it and block. It`s a fundamental thing to solve, no ?)
 
cheers from Berlin
Markus
 
- the discussion below is about geographical re-focussing of the [sustrans] mailinglist , and how to improve participation
 
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: jane.
Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 11:33 AM
Subject: [sustran] Fw: Re: Regional focus for sustran-discuss: Asia or theglobal South?


Loss of face might be part of the explanation, but I don't think it fully uncovers the situation. English might be the language of educated classes in India and the Philippines, but that still overlooks a vast number of people in the "Global South"--namely, people in China (not to mention southeast Asia, etc.). If we look at the Chinese-language Internet, for example, we can see that it is extremely active, and the oft-quote "Chinese netizens" tend to be very vocal and opinionated on both foreign and domestic matters ... on Chinese-language discussion forums. (See the somewhat raunchy www.chinasmack.com for a peek into this activity, diligently translated into English by an anonymous Shanghai-based blogger). To me this would indicate issues with common language, lack of awareness of the list, and/or lack of interest.

I suspect without resources available in simplified Chinese, it will be mighty difficult to get many voices heard from within mainland China.

Yet another issue is accessibility. Specifically, a number of carfree websites, including the World Carfree Network's and World Streets (as it's hosted on blogspot), are currently blocked by China's firewall.

Does somebody have access to the number and demographics of the existing members? How many are actually in Asia, and especially the regions? Do those numbers shed any light on the silence?

Jane

--- On Sun, 6/7/09, Zvi Leve wrote:

From: Zvi Leve
Subject: [sustran] Re: Regional focus for sustran-discuss: Asia or the global South?
To: "Jonathan E. D. Richmond" <... <at> alum.mit.edu>
Cc: "Paul Barter" <... <at> nus.edu.sg>, Sustran-discuss-d09AxprgQ7xc6EwALvHxoA@public.gmane.org
Date: Sunday, June 7, 2009, 12:07 AM

I do not think that it is exactly "fear of punishment" that inhibits people from certain cultures from participating in such 'public' exchanges - it is more a "fear of losing face". That is, they are worried about how they will be perceived by others.... When interacting with people directly it is easier to understand the social cues, so more people would be inclined to actively participate.

Not sure what can be done about this. If one desires, it is not difficult to hide one's true identity from the forum (generic email address, no full name, etc.), but this does not seem to make much of a difference.

Anyway....

Zvi



2009/6/6 Jonathan E. D. Richmond <... <at> alum.mit.edu>


I do not think the issue is fear of lack of knowledge but fear of punishment.

In many Asian countries there is a taboo about expressing opinions, an activity often felt to be reserved for politicians and the most senior officers --Jonathan!

 

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Carlosfelipe Pardo | 9 Jun 18:55 2009
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Re: WCN website blocked in China

Hi,

We had the same problem with sutp.org for a while, but then we found out that there are some regulations in China regarding web publishing (plus the usual banning of certain content), and published www.sutp.cn which is an actual mirror of the original page (except that we registered it in some ministry or secretary). I don't find the full instructions on what must be done, but hopefully it is easy to overcome and it shouldn't be a hassle to solve. If the website has too many indications of content which is non-agreeable to the Party's ideology, it is probable to be blocked.

Also, blocked websites are normally not accessible from public institutions and universities, but private places (particularly hotels) don't have these problems. Anyway, hope it helps.

Best regards,

Carlos.

jane. wrote:
As long as I've been in China (since 2004), the WCN site has been blocked here.

This is in contrast to other blanket blockages, like the recent blocking of Flickr, Twitter, etc., which was lifted just several days after it was imposed. Other sites, like Wikipedia, have at times been blocked; Blogspot, Livejournal, and Youtube are all currently blocked and have been for some months.

Sometimes, sites are blocked for no apparent reason. It's hard to say whether a site like WCN offends the CPC's agenda or if it was just coincidentally blocked.

Most parties who are genuinely interested in getting around the "Great Firewall" know how to use proxy sites to access blocked sites, but the added effort involved is indeed a deterrent.

I'm no expert, but I've had a little bit of experience with this. The first step is to contact the server that the site is hosted on and ask if they know anything. It could be something as simple as the location of the server.

Protesting is no way to solve anything in China. Involving the Western media in Chinese affairs is also no way to solve anything here.

But given that the WCN site has little (no?) information in Chinese, I wonder how many would-be hits from China the site misses anyway. I would suspect not that many.

Jane


--- On Tue, 6/9/09, heller-eIl3k1piWmly0T758RiaJg@public.gmane.org <heller-eIl3k1piWmly0T758RiaJg@public.gmane.org> wrote:

From: heller-eIl3k1piWmly0T758RiaJg@public.gmane.org <heller-eIl3k1piWmly0T758RiaJg@public.gmane.org>
Subject: [carfree_network] WCN website blocked in China
To: carfree_network-/JYPxA39Uh5TLH3MbocFFw@public.gmane.org
Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 6:35 PM

Hi all,
 
I just heard that our WCN-website is blocked in China:
 
(...)
Yet another issue is accessibility. Specifically, a number of carfree websites, including the World Carfree Network's and World Streets (as it's hosted on blogspot), are currently blocked by China's firewall.
(...)
 
- what to do about ?? I am no web-expert, but first we need to know about ... !
 
any ideas ? Information / contact chinese embassies ? Then protest if that doesn`t help ? involve public media ? Any experiences with that problem ?
 
(I guess only start an alternate website is no help - chinese web-controllers will find it and block. It`s a fundamental thing to solve, no ?)
 
cheers from Berlin
Markus
 
- the discussion below is about geographical re-focussing of the [sustrans] mailinglist , and how to improve participation
 
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: jane.
Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 11:33 AM
Subject: [sustran] Fw: Re: Regional focus for sustran-discuss: Asia or theglobal South?


Loss of face might be part of the explanation, but I don't think it fully uncovers the situation. English might be the language of educated classes in India and the Philippines, but that still overlooks a vast number of people in the "Global South"--namely, people in China (not to mention southeast Asia, etc.). If we look at the Chinese-language Internet, for example, we can see that it is extremely active, and the oft-quote "Chinese netizens" tend to be very vocal and opinionated on both foreign and domestic matters ... on Chinese-language discussion forums. (See the somewhat raunchy www.chinasmack.com for a peek into this activity, diligently translated into English by an anonymous Shanghai-based blogger). To me this would indicate issues with common language, lack of awareness of the list, and/or lack of interest.

I suspect without resources available in simplified Chinese, it will be mighty difficult to get many voices heard from within mainland China.

Yet another issue is accessibility. Specifically, a number of carfree websites, including the World Carfree Network's and World Streets (as it's hosted on blogspot), are currently blocked by China's firewall.

Does somebody have access to the number and demographics of the existing members? How many are actually in Asia, and especially the regions? Do those numbers shed any light on the silence?

Jane

--- On Sun, 6/7/09, Zvi Leve wrote:

From: Zvi Leve
Subject: [sustran] Re: Regional focus for sustran-discuss: Asia or the global South?
To: "Jonathan E. D. Richmond" <... <at> alum.mit.edu>
Cc: "Paul Barter" <... <at> nus.edu.sg>, Sustran-discuss-d09AxprgQ7xc6EwALvHxoA@public.gmane.org
Date: Sunday, June 7, 2009, 12:07 AM

I do not think that it is exactly "fear of punishment" that inhibits people from certain cultures from participating in such 'public' exchanges - it is more a "fear of losing face". That is, they are worried about how they will be perceived by others.... When interacting with people directly it is easier to understand the social cues, so more people would be inclined to actively participate.

Not sure what can be done about this. If one desires, it is not difficult to hide one's true identity from the forum (generic email address, no full name, etc.), but this does not seem to make much of a difference.

Anyway....

Zvi



2009/6/6 Jonathan E. D. Richmond <... <at> alum.mit.edu>


I do not think the issue is fear of lack of knowledge but fear of punishment.

In many Asian countries there is a taboo about expressing opinions, an activity often felt to be reserved for politicians and the most senior officers --Jonathan!

 

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