Monday, January 16, 2006


17.01.06 The new Land Blog.

Hang on. This is to be the new Land Café Blog. Give us a few days and we’ll get the working frame up and running for you.

This is going to be a Self-Organizing Collaborative Network undertaking by the Café members. Let us know if you want to get involved from the very beginning as we build this one up.

As a very quick reminder, here is what was written and shared with the first group of colleagues who came together I the summer of 2004 to start these conversations, as the first step in process whose goal is not conversation, but implementation:

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Manifesto: We (the public sector) determine the social need, select the project, chose the location, painstakingly communicate and negotiate through all the levels and loops, put in the taxpayer money . . . and the project flowers, values in the area increase -- and we want that increase for future public investments. End of story!

Focus: Consistent with our chosen mission, we are focusing on the issues of value capture and land taxes in this context. Such larger and important challenges as land reform and redistribution, while important, are not brought directly into the discussions here. That said they provide an important backdrop to the issues that concern us, and there is every reason to remain up to date on the latest developments and shifts here are as well. (See News Alerts to left for more on that).

Diversity and the art of listening: With a topic like this, which for many people comes heavily trammeled with a long political and rhetorical past, there is a distinct tendency in many parts for, let's call it, non-dialogue. That is to note the marked tendency in rather too many places to want to state the 'truth' and then retreat into the bunker of a closed mind. But with an issue of such great importance, we simply cannot afford that. Thus the objective of this patch of The Commons is come together to create a base of knowledge and experience that can help our cities and societies to break this impasse and put this important tool to work for the good of all. And to do this, we have to become Master Listeners.

Proposed Schedule and Game Plan: The intention is to gather the group over the summer (here you can help with your nominations and lists), get to know each other, extend this site so that it provides us with hot links to all the related programs and sources of information and views on our subject (Right, Left and Center), and begin to exchange views and information, including identifying and linking outstanding articles and reports to be shared with the group. Then sometime in September we should probably start to see what we can do to pound out something of an agenda and possibly even an action plan, since our goal is not to hum along with the choir but to advance the value capture agenda. How are we going to get together to do this? Well, that's what we can start to hammer out in September.
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16 January 2006: Well, as these things often go, it has taken us a bit more time to get where we are today, but it has not been time wasted, so now we are in pretty good shape to move all this up a notch.

1 Comments:

Blogger Janos said...

Dear Eric,

Thank you for inviting me to join this phase of the value capture project.

Are you in touch with Fred Harrison of Power In The Land fame?

Regards,
Janos Abel

Thu Jan 19, 11:53:00 PM GMT+1  

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