Part Five - Every Change is a Second Chance: Change does occur by chance, having a readiness for it, on the other hand, requires an eagerness to be fit for the job. Hitting a search engine with the phrase "Theory of Change," you get something like the mosaic below. My favorite is the Theory of … Continue reading Second Change
Smithsonian “Salute to the Wheel” Map of Mesopotamia (3500 B.C.) Introduction - System Changes: Revelatory, that is what it was revelatory. Not the amusing face of God kind, more exact. It started when Thunderbirds and Blue Angles in their F-16C/D Fighting Falcons and their F18C/D Hornet Fighters trimmed out to conduct aeronautic acrobatics covered the … Continue reading Systems
Part Three - The Box Gambit: The “rule” of this gambit is to connect all the dots with four straight lines by not allowing your pen/pencil to leave the surface of the page. Solving this graphic riddle will require some thinking, and trial and error to be accomplished. Try it four times. Good luck. Pen … Continue reading Box Gambits
Part One - Discoveries: System change builds on the psychology of transparency in human relationships. In this openness, we find friends to love and leaders to trust with our tithings and taxes. The chart illustrates a heuristic method for building awareness, trust, and confidence whenever, a “never doubt” group decides to change the world. It was … Continue reading Discovery
Part Four - Critical Thinking Pathways: Research into the idea of malfunctions requires the insight of the arts well ahead of the imaginable political strategies around which there is so much negative sensitivity. Expanding "our reality" through the eyes and experience of others is often too esoteric, and not goal-driven. Not to worry, there are … Continue reading Critical Thinking
Part Two - Introducing Malfunctions: System changes occur in an environment of malfunction. Four were recently recommended to "The Albemarle Report" for exploration. They are developed only partially below. The response to the Great Recession of 2008 reveals errors compounded in the govern m ent sector response to the Pandemic of 2020. Both failed to … Continue reading Malfunction
No doubt that urbanization has been a messy business. The rapid pace of development over the last couple of centuries has led directly to life-threatening conditions in a rush to mechanize every aspect of life. People were packed into camps to harvest forests of wood, mountains of granite, and every available mineral with trade value. … Continue reading Fifty!
Caduceus Erroneous? Geopolitical challenges such as a pandemic or the multiple impacts of climate change instruct the genius of humanity to bring about systemic change and to resist and reverse “them not us” policies and strategies. These are tests for leadership without national borders, that rage against the intolerant behaviors most likely to kill or … Continue reading Caduceus Erroneous?
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The following introduces trends in professionalism. It is an excerpt from a more substantial project entitled: The Four Problems. The focus of that effort is on planning, architecture, and engineering. The challenge to all professionals today suggests that the dance with the bear has begun, and we can’t stop until the bear stops. Three Steps … Continue reading Dancing with the Bear
I found this must be old on what the 2030 report was supposed to create. I noticed a comment I made regarding the process that they picked up. If they were serious they would disclose the process used to accomplish one of their basic goals. Goal: Get a park/recreation facility within walking distance of everyone, … Continue reading Bodacious, Blueberry Wine and Bushwacker
https://vimeo.com/242851294 BIG+ONE+SHERWOOD: A Social Ecosystem for Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge from BIG on Vimeo. "I believe in people, and I can depended on my friends in a crisis. The thing is, I have to depend on their belief in truth, facts, and my best whiskey."Rex Curry
City Council The New York City Council has 51 members with two-term limits of four years. The relationship between the city, the state and national government is complicated. A close examination of issues that confront the City Council Members should include those the state and federal government share. The focus here is on the eight … Continue reading Connect the Council
Connect Senate Members & CD9 NYS-63 Senators The relationship of constituents to the State Government's 63 members of the NY Senate can last a long time. They have two-year terms but there are no limits. This section seeks information that contributes to a better understanding of issues that confront our state representatives that share a portion of … Continue reading Connect Senate
Assembly Members NYS-151 Assembly MembersYou know where you live. Use the map and report your Assemblymember in the comment section below. Before selecting your Assemblymember within the Ninth Congressional District take a moment to review: Session Four "How to Sustain the Resistance Long Term" presented by New York Assemblyman and DNC Vice Chair, Michael Blake. … Continue reading Connect Assembly
Seven Community Districts share the geography, interests, needs, and concerns of the Ninth Congressional District. The map and links below seek participants. Engaging residents the relationship local to federal money in community development dates to the 1950s with the formation of Community Planning Councils. The most recent change in this practice occurred in 1989 when the … Continue reading Connect Community Districts
There are three school districts that share a portion of the Ninth Congressional District. How will changes in Federal and therefore state and city policy affect schools in these districts? The objective would be to identify parents, the primary self-interest group. There are not links (yet) to these constituents. The start of developing this idea … Continue reading Connect School Districts
As a planner interested in establishing strategic advantages, one of the first things to get done is an assessment of readiness. A good risk assessment helps reduce the need for crisis management. The risk-list can be very basic set of public responsibilies - fire response is the classic example of a known probability. Responding to … Continue reading Crisis Management
The “If Not Now, When?” American Health Care Crisis Since 2010, 100 rural hospitals have closed, and another 430 are at risk, yet 30 million Americans cannot get regular care, of which 63% are racial and ethnic minorities. These are the facts, the American health care crisis ends when everyone will routinely see a doctor regardless of … Continue reading Health and Economy
The online project to demystify jargon in planning, urban design, architecture and engineering for a laugh. I seek irreverent definitions jargon for the above professions. The irreverence that gets at the truth that hurts so much, it makes you laugh. Limit is 10-20 words. Choose from a working list see: Glossary to add a piece, or below … Continue reading Irrev-jargon
Below all of the posts that have a category "urban politics," "CD 9," and 2020 Elections.
I canceled the costly UNIX server, and collapsed everything (well almost) into one giant-f'n blog. It will take a while to get things organized with a new content management system. All of the thinking, writing, mine, yours and the people we read and respect are here some place. Thanks for the recommendations. The categories on … Continue reading SamplerI: Internet
When confronted with an obvious untruth you need facts, that is of course if you haven't been talking with one of Paul Krugman's zombies, an excellent book by the way. Every voter has elevated emotional triggers because voting has changed from a handshake into an algorithm of who you are and what you think. The … Continue reading Need Facts?
Cutting through the data maze….Useful Demography Demography is used to describe the social characteristics and vital statistics of people, families, and households within a geographic boundary. A variety of secondary sources provide free or low cost online access to useful data. Developing an inhouse, " fast and easy" demographic resource is an important step in … Continue reading Markets
What are your organization's key performance indicators? Community organizations and private businesses create change in response to the values and beliefs of a community. Testing for these values is a particular strength of nonprofit community service organizations, but small businesses also perform well in this area. Small companies and charitable nonprofits advance the opportunity for growth by adapting well to change. … Continue reading Organizational Development
Is this a Club of Rome Graphic? I still do strategic planning. Mostly for fun. Planning .:.Select objectives that measure the accomplishment of goals. define policies that govern resource acquisition, use, and disposalfind resources to acquire objectivesadjust to changes in these objectives Networking .:.Key services and components for strategic action: Scan the environmentSelection of "key" … Continue reading Get Strategic
Additional information about publications with access to Adobe PDF documents where noted. Good, Deeds, Good DesignPrinceton Architectural Press, New York (2003)Over the last twenty years, Rex Curry has taught a variety of urban planning seminars and studios in Pratt’s School of Architecture, the Graduate Program for Planning and the Environment, and in the Pratt Institute … Continue reading Publications
The majority of projects consist of residential, business district analysis and institutional development planning, including research on social and economic trends. I directed all of these projects. All of these efforts include the evaluation of investment trends as stimulated by policies such as inclusionary and contextual zoning Neighborhood Plan for Community District 12 in Manhattan … Continue reading Projects
Rex L. Curry Executive Director • Development Officer • VP Planning Program Development • Strategic Planning • Action Research • Staff Training Decades in managing planning projects, editing and publishing demographic and environmental impact reports has proven to me than no one reads, but everyone writes. My experience is extensive in strategic planning and organizational … Continue reading Rex Curry