"Regional/Greater Community Development
News & Thought"
can be found daily at these locations:

     Regional Community News, as it was first called, began November 11, 2003. The understanding derived from this research about the nature of regional cooperation around the world at all scales let to the understanding of the importance of community and the notion of Community Motive which was found in only one place:

“Acts of conservation without the requisite desire and skills are futile. To create these desires and skills and the community motive is the task of education.” — Aldo Leopold "Conservation: In Whole or in Part? (1944); RMG 319

     The concept of “community motive” did not take hold. It is now more important than ever, however, as the “profit motive” requires regional/greater community management at wholistic scales. Thus I've offered this paradigm for collaboration to achieve an age of human unity and cooperation:

"Acknowledge boundaries. Work across them.
 Think local planet, act regionally."

     Given the difficulties of regional planning, the work preliminary to acting regionally, it seems that the entire work of regional cooperation bodies could and should be branded collectively as the Cooperation Industry

                                     November 19, 2014

Your thoughts? Send me an e: Tom.Christoffel(@) gmail.com

Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities & Territories - Submission deadline - April 6 - Conference Izmir, Turkey - June 16-18

Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities & Territories
Regional Studies Association European Conference
Monday 16th-Wednesday 18th June 2014
Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Business Izmir, Turkey
Call for Papers - One week left to submit your abstract!!!
Submission deadline Sunday 6th April 2014 –
click here for conference website
There is still time to register for the RSA European Conference 2014 to be held in the beautiful city of Izmir, Turkey. If you have a mind to register, now is the time to do so, while the early bird registration rate is still available! There is a full plenary programme each day, interesting special sessions and fantastic social events for unmissable networking opportunities. We have also negotiated special rates at local hotels for a limited time only - further information on hotels can be found on the conference website.
Contributions are invited which fit with the following themes, to collectively explore and discuss these key issues from a multitude of perspectives and with different theoretical stand points and with empirical observations from different parts of the world. Selection of abstracts will be based on originality and interest, subject balance and geographical spread. Abstracts should not exceed 800 words, text only.
Borders and Cross Border Cooperation
Clusters and Smart Specialisation
Community Economic Development
Culture, Creativity and ICT
Developing Rural and Peripheral Regions
Entrepreneurship, Enterprise and Business Climate
Geographies of Global Finance
Industrial Branching and Technological Cohesion
Innovation and Knowledge Economies
Labour Markets and Migration
Regional Development Policy
Regional Well-being and Happiness
Role of Institutions in Regional Development
Role of Social Networks in Regional Development
Spatial Justice
Spatial Planning and Infrastructure
Sustainability – Climate Change, Environment and Energy
Territorial Governance and Regional Leadership
Tourism and Experience Economies
Urbanisation and Cities
Women entrepreneurs
The economic adjustment of regions

For further information on the conference please contact Elizabeth Mitchell (elizabeth.mitchell@regionalstudies.org)

The Path to Sustainable Development~Abstract Submission Deadline – 9th March 2014 - Fortaleza, Brazil


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From Vulnerable Places to Resilient Territories: The Path to Sustainable Development
(Abstracts should be no more than 800 words)

Sunday 27th - Wednesday 30th April 2014
Fábrica de Negócios, Fortaleza, Brazil

In a world emerging from widespread crisis, some regions thrive and have been strengthened whilst others struggle to recover.  Unforeseen events affect regions unevenly, presenting at once opportunities and challenges, prosperity and deprivation. How regions emerge from negative or positive shocks depends on their capacity to learn from their own experiences and from that of others, as we as their ability to adapt to new environments in a global economy.

The RSA 2014 Global Conference in Brazil will focus on thinking about paths, policies and ideas to strengthen vulnerable places and to develop cohesive and resilient territories. We acknowledge that only adaptive and flexible regions can succeed in an ever-changing world. This conference offers to all those who share an interest in regional and urban issues an opportunity to explore and discuss these key issues. Our discussions will be stimulated and enriched by the RSA’s well established traditional of embracing and accepting diverse perspective, disciplinary backgrounds and ideas.

·        Clusters and Smart Specialisation
·        Innovation and Knowledge
·        Culture and Creativity as a Driver of Regional Growth and Employment
·        Developing Rural and Peripheral Regions
·        The Geography of Crime
·        Labour Markets and Migration
·        Land Use and the Real Estate Market
·        Mega Events and Regional Development
·        Regional Challenges in Health and Education
·        Policies for Regional Growth and Development
·        Regional Integration and Spillovers
·        Spatial Justice and Inequalities
·        Spatial Planning and Infrastructure
·        Sustainability – Climate Change, Environment, Energy and Food Security
·        The Geography of Finance
·        Urbanisation and Cities
·        Regional Policy in Emerging Economies
·        Leading Regions
·        Region to Region Trade
·        Economic Development Strategies and Planning

The organisers welcome proposals for special sessions, themed workshops and innovative forms of networking and collaboration. If you would like to organise or offer a session to the conference please contact:

Academic Organisers:
Marco Crocco:
Pedro Amaral:
Pedro Marques: marques@geographie.uni-kiel.de
RSA Organiser 
Lesa Reynolds: lesa.reynolds@regionalstudies.org 

For further information please visit:

Regional Studies Association – 25 Clinton Place, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 1NP

Tel: + 44 (0)1323 899 698 – Fax: + 44 (0)1323 899 798 – Email: events@regionalstudies.org Reg. Charity No. 1084165 – Reg. in England and Wales No. 4116288

The Art of Shaping the Metropolis - invitation to presentation March 4, 2014 - Washington, D.C. - Pedro B. Ortiz - a methodology of metropolitan development

The Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) cordially invites you to the presentation of

The Art of Shaping the Metropolis

A book by Pedro B. Ortiz, Senior Urban Consultant at the World Bank

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
(Originally scheduled for January 21, the presentation had to be rescheduled due to snow.)
Inter-American Development Bank, 1300 New York Ave NW, Washington DC. 
12:30 p.m.

The Art of Shaping the Metropolis is a methodology of metropolitan development that helps planning professionals, public officials, and decision makers around the world plan for urban growth while preserving the historic nucleus of cities and the environment.

The author will present the book and share some of the outcomes of his methodology which has been successfully implemented in Madrid, and later replicated in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Pedro Ortiz is currently a Senior Urban Consultant at the World Bank, Washington DC, and Visiting Professor on Metropolitan management at Milano Politecnico, Italy. Previously, he was Deputy Mayor of Madrid responsible for Strategic Planning and Director General of Madrid Regional Government for Urban and Metropolitan Planning. He was also the founder and Director of the Master’s program of Town Planning of the University King Juan Carlos of Madrid. 

He combines his Academic background and his professional and political experience in this book. 

More information about the book:

If you wish to participate in the event, please RSVP at andreinas@iadb.org

Information about Pedro Ortiz