Be patient and persevere when

chinese horses running - chinese-painting ink P080084L


when you don’t hear the
hoofing sounds of horses put
your ear to the ground

Most of these words came in the mail  this morning, modestly hiding  in a letter of encouragement from our friend and colleague  Lim Thean Heng, commenting on our persistent, at times too persistent, efforts to create and support the conditions for a sustainable mobility renaissance in Penang, which is not always that easy or as fast as one might like.  So let’s credit these seventeen syllables (5/7/5) to LTH for this year’s Haiku Sustainability Slam.

And for the latest on our Haikus from many places, let me point you to “Inside world: 2015 World Streets Haiku Sustainability Slam” at

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And this recently from Hsin Chu, in the hope of inspiring you:

the great art is to
listen to the softest voice
even in the wind

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Or this good counsel from  Khoo Salma of the Penang Heritage Trust:

when trying to write
haikus on mobility
you have to stand still

Now, are you inspired? Give it a try.  It really is like a sudden sweet fresh breeze on your sweating face on a hot and humid day.

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Educated as a development economist, Francis Eric Knight Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has taught and worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion, he is MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent non-profit advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, incomplete information, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities. In the autumn of 2018 he committed his life work to the challenges of countering climate change from GHG emissions from the transport sector. (For more see Britton online at, @ericbritton. email at and Skype: newmobility

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