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We will need the arts at the heart of our policies if we are to be resilient to the next wave of aut

This article first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm here Donald Trump suggested to the people of America that there was a route back to the tomb-stoned ‘rusted out factories’ of America. Frey, Chen and Berger argued in a recent paper that it was people “vegetating in the backwaters of the stream of progress” that swung the 2016 U.S presidential election. Technological displacements are driving the new world order and creating concern, fear and uncertainty for voters that dread being left behind. The first wave of automation hit manufacturing hard resulting in a shift away from routine-based middle skilled jobs (e.g. production clerks, plant and machine operators), towards low (e.g. shop and market

Cork Conversations: Planning for the Future

This event is part of ‘Cork Conversations: Planning for the Future’ which has been initiated by the National Sculpture Factory and Cork City Council. The initiative is aimed at enabling reflection and dialogue on future city design and on Cork’s inherent potential.

The future of Cork City - Newstalk Podcast - Pat Kenny Show

This link brings you to a podcast on 'the future of Cork city' which aired this morning on the Pat Kenny show. My contribution is half way through - its edited a bit which excludes more detail I spoke about.... but the main message is people will follow jobs and in this respect, Cork can't compete with the scale and size of Dublin and other Large cities so we need to wise-up on our local governance, planning and transport to focus more on liveability as our competing asset in Cork.

How the dutch got their cycle lanes

'private investment shapes cities, but social ideas (and laws) shape private investment' Jane Jacobs, Death and Life of Cities, Ch16. Source: Clip via youtube and and NL cycling

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