Think Global, Act Local: The Life and Legacy of Patrick Geddes

Walter Stephen
Luath Press Limited, 2015 - 140 páginas

It's time to look again at the originator of the phrase for our times - 'Think Global, Act Local'

Town planning. Interest-led, open-minded education. Conservation of worthwhile buildings. Community gardens. All are so central to our society that we think we invented them. In fact they were visualised by Sir Patrick Geddes, one of the greatest forward-thinkers of the modern world.

A Victorian Scot, Geddes went out of fashion after his death but in recent years he has been become almost a patron saint of the sustainable development movement. His ideas and his practical example continue to inspire the world, in the present and in the future.

This new edition of Think Global, Act Local incorporates much new work on Geddes and examines in particular the question of how this Scot from a fairly humble background, with no university degree, could be welcomed into the Darwin/Huxley circle, could be the confidant of two Viceroys and twice be offered a knighthood.

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Sobre el autor (2015)

Walter Stephen could not proceed beyond Geology I at Edinburgh University due to colour blindness - the analysis of crystals and subtle maps were hidden worlds for him. Degrees in Geography, Economic History and Education qualified him as an academic jack-of-all-trades with a lifelong devotion to environmental awareness and understanding. One of his achievements was the establishment and operation for twenty years of Castlehill Urban Studies Centre, the first successful Urban Studies Centre in Britain. A former Chairman of the Sir Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust, he has been responsible for Learning from the Lasses, A Vigorous Institution and Think Global, Act Local, collections of essays on Patrick Geddes. In his introduction to the new edition of A Herd of Red Deer he brought out the importance of Frank Fraser Darling as the founder of ecology and forerunner of David Attenborough. In The Evolution of Evolution Walter Stephen sets Darwin at the centre of a circle of Interesting Victorians. All six books, plus his biography of Willie Park Junior: The Man who took Golf to the World and Walter's Wiggles were published by Luath Press. Sofia Leonard is a Director of the Sir Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust. For ten years she was Director of the Patrick Geddes Centre for Planning Studies in the Outlook Tower. She has travelled in India investigating the legacy of Sir Patrick Geddes there.

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