Sunday, March 1, 2009

Frequency of publication

Since this is a genuine collaborative exercise I thought it would be a good idea if from the very beginning we opened up this question of frequency of appearance to as many of our friends and colleagues who happened in here and who kindly decide to share with us their views and suggestions of this shaping decision.

It strikes me that a good way to get this conversation going is to see if we can put our finger on what is going on at the "supply side". There are three main sources of inputs that inevitably will have a lot to do with the choice of World Streets' frequency of "publication": (1) the steady flow of topic-pertinent ideas and materials that come in here from colleagues and sources around the world; (2) the voluminous collection of writings, media and other materials which have steadily flowed in since the initial "virtualization" of the New Mobility Agenda starting with the first basic listserv in 1988; and (3) the considerable number of talented colleagues who are ready to chip in as authors, reporters, critics, and co-editors.

Think of that as the wine. Now what about the bottle? Or maybe what is going to be most appropriate in this case is not bottle but bottles, plural.

To get the ball rolling on March 3 we placed a small poll device on the top of the front page, which you can see just your left. We intend to give careful consideration to this feedback later in the month when we begin to create a more definite structure for this new venture. Perhaps you will have a look and register your thoughts on this.

And if you wish to take this further, may I suggest you click the comments link at the base of this short entry and share with us your thoughts on this. Teamwork.Thank you.

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  1. Note from the editor:
    When I first started working with this idea several months ago I jumped in without giving any structured thought of this, simply assuming that this was going to be an ongoing more or less day-to-day activity, reflecting the continuous flow of ideas and materials as they come in from our international colleagues and many sources.

    It was only when I was confronted with the actual content of the first issue and the amount of work required to get it into shape that I started to think that this was something that was going to require a structure decision. Which is where we are today.


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