Below is a list of publications that relate to sustainability:
- Uncommon Carriers – John McPHee Discusses transportation from the perspective of folks who work in the system not folks who plan the system. For our folks the Chapters on trucking, the FedEx Louisville Sort Center, and Railroads are fascinating
- The Control of Nature – John McPHee This book discusses the effects of nature on Cities. Of interest is the chapter on New Orleans
- The Art of the Long View – Peter Schwartz This if a very good primer on scenario analysis. The book is a bit dated, but because of the subject matter it works well. Folks may also want to go to the GBN Global Business Network website http://gbn.com/ for more information on the topic.
- Who Moved My Cheese – Dr. Spencer Johnson. A fable or parable about change and our responses to it.
- “Moving Beyond the Official Future” by Chris Ertel and Doug Randall. Unlike traditional risk management tools, which are usually based around tangible and quantifiable issues, scenario thinking encourages executives to step into the unknown and imagine a range of possible futures. In this September 2005 Financial Times article, GBN’s Doug Randall and Chris Ertel describe why scenario thinking is an effective approach for managing risk.
- “Mapping Public and Private Scenario Planning: Lessons from Regional Projects.”- Jay Ogilvy and Erik Smith How different is scenario planning done for public versus private purposes? In asking this question, GBN cofounder Jay Ogilvy and practitioner Erik Smith distill a set of lessons based on regional scenario planning projects run by GBN throughout the 1990s. They then apply these lessons to a 2001-2002 project on the future of California’s Central Valley. They argue that scenario planning in the public domain demands greater clarity of client attention to different constituencies—particularly in regions—even though the art and craft of the actual practice is very similar across public and private projects. This article was published in the “Surviving Uncertainty” issue of Development (December 2004: 47.4.)
- “The Destiny of Cities” – Victor Davis Hanson. Hanson Asks some provocative question about what makes cities successful in the long term. Many will not agree with his thoughts, I’m not certain that I do, but they are provocative.
List courtesy of David Hyder, Transportation Planning Administrator at City of High Point