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To improve the pedestrian and cycle experience in the Beijing metro area, the World Bank and the Beijing Transport Research Institute (BTRC) have launched a novel web-based project utilizing Ushahidi, an open-source platform that allows any person or organization to gather, collect and visualize information in real-time. The project aims to utilize this platform and crowdsourcing methodology to provide cyclists and pedestrians a way to deliver user feedback to transport planners. This then allows transport planners to identify and prioritize system improvements. Currently, the Ushahidi platform is a smart phone app for both Android and the iPhone, but the Bank and the BTRC hope that in the near future, users will be able to collect information on cycling and walking infrastructure and report them to the transport planners via SMS, social media, or web. These mini-reports will then be mapped and visualized, available for others to view and comment on.  This innovative form of public engagement can be found more at http://goo.gl/El5vg. 
[Guest blog post written by Anahi Ayala Iacucci, Innovation and New Technologies advisor. Anahi was the Ushahidi strategy consultant for the Beijing project in 2011. She blogs at Diary of a Crisis Map...
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Carbon Talks accelerates the shift to a low-carbon economy. We look for those windows of opportunities where “carbon shifts“ are possible. These could be opportunities identified by a business, an industrial association or a government department but where all the pieces might not be in place to move to concerted action. Carbon Talks convenes the right people around the table to put the pieces together. We are the glue that moves groups from intent to action to reduce green house gas emissions.

The transition to a low carbon economy is inevitable. If Canada is to remain globally competitive, it must accelerate the shift from a carbon intensive economy to an economy that is more diversified and recognizes the costs of natural capital.

Government cannot be expected to engineer this shift alone. The climate conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun have demonstrated that governments cannot deliver the decisive action necessary to reduce global GHG emissions. We need to develop new forms of leadership within business, civil society and academia to work with government to create the enabling environment for moving forward.

Carbon Talks provides the platform to discuss, define and manage the transition to a low-carbon economy. It creates spaces for dialogue – not debate – spaces which help people to think creatively, consider alternatives, and develop practical solutions that are viable, cost-effective and sustainable.