Editor’s Note. Paris, 25 May 2018.
Dear readers, friends and colleagues,
This ambitious collaborative web project “Ayres on Environment, Economy, Energy & Growth” has been in existence for close to four full years now. And over this time despite the potential of tremendous content and burning issues, and considerable effort on our part, it has failed to take off. At least to the degree that the subject merits. What went wrong? And where should we go from here?
Making a web platform like this work — highly technical content, including a fair dose of abstract topics and analytic approaches which require a well prepared audience to be meaningful — is no easy task. And all the more so in this era of crushing information overload. But that would be a poor excuse.
The main shortcoming thus far has been that we have simply failed to give it sufficient time, commitment, touch and content — or regularity, — to win over the kind and size of audience which the work and findings of Ayres and his distinguished colleagues deserve in their own work in these complex inter-related spheres of, once again, Environment, Economy, Energy & Growth,..
A choice to make
So here it is the merry month of May 2018 and we now have a have a choice to make. Either we really get down to work at the level of originality, commitment and performance which this informed public conversation on these critical issues deserves . . . or we count the spoons, do our accounts, and close the whole operation down.
At the very least there is one thing I can definitely promise you, And that is that we shall under no circumstances continue in this half-hearted distracted manner, which to our discredit has been the case up to now.
So to sort this out, we are starting today with a hiatus though the month of June at the end of which we do our analysis, run the numbers, look at what we have (and could have), engage our critical discussions and draw our conclusions.
During this period we will leave the site on-line as is, in the hope that some of our readers, colleagues and friends may wish to have a look, and share their ideas and critical suggestions with us as we gear up to make the final decision.
We look forward with real interest to hearing from you.
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Bio: Founding editor of World Streets (1988), Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher, occasional consultant, and sustainability activist who has observed, learned, taught and worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. In the autumn of 2019, he committed his remaining life work to the challenges of aggressively countering climate change and specifically greenhouse gas emissions emanating from the mobility sector. He is not worried about running out of work. Further background and updates: @ericbritton | http://bit.ly/2Ti8LsX | #fekbritton | https://twitter.com/ericbritton | and | https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericbritton/ Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org) | +336 508 80787 (Also WhatApp) | Skype: newmobility.)