Perlman's Publications:

International Transfers


Sharing Approaches That Work: Transfer and Adaptation of Urban Innovations
by Janice Perlman
Published as Inter–Regional Exchange and Transfer of Effective Practices on Urban Management, UNDP-TCDC (Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, New York, 1996 (translated into Spanish, French and Japanese).
This piece explains the varying types of innovation transfer, includes a list of the Innovation Transfers which Mega-Cities has brokered within the U.S. and around the world and details the stages of the transfer process and what is needed for success.

Magic Eyes: Environmental Awareness in Bangkok
by Orapin Sopchokchai
Magic Eyes, a multimedia anti-littering campaign that utilized green cartoon eyes derived from traditional Thai mythology, reduced littering in Bangkok by an estimated 90%, and was replicated in Rio de Janeiro as part of the Clean Rio campaign through the Department of Sanitation and the School System. This innovation also helped inspire LA's Best, an organization based in the Mayor's office which designs and runs children's educational programs. 1990, 22 pages.

Waste to Income Generation: A Mega-Cities Transfer from Cairo to Manila.
by Me’An Ignacio
MEGACITIES-UNV (United Nations Volunteers) Waste Management Project: An Urban Participatory Development Experience, United Nations, Manila, 1996. This publication describes the Zabbaleen initiative which included the training, equipment, and start-up funds to organize micro-enterprises through which they could convert trash into marketable products. The profits were channeled toward improving the community's housing, schools, and health care centers. The initiative was replicated in Metro Manila through PPHLSSA ( the Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies) and in Bombay through the Municipal Corporation and the "rag-pickers association., 133 pages.

Tentative Hypotheses from Two Urban Innovation Transfers to New York City: "Alert II" from Sao Paulo and the "Surface Metro" from Curitiba
by Janice Perlman and Elwood Hopkins
"Alert II" an air pollution reduction program in Sao Paulo, was adapted in New York City by the Environmental Protection and Transportation Commissions. The New York version of "Alert II" involved installing air pollution monitors on major access roads into NYC and a public education event with the Port Authority of NY and NJ and the NYC government based around an event on Park Avenue on World Environment Day, June 3, 1993. The "Surface Metro" transportation system, piloted by the Mega-Cities Project and Curitiba Mayor, Jaime Lerner in New York in 1992, reduced passenger waiting time, increased speed and roadway capacity, and lessened air pollution. The system was demonstrated in lower Manhattan, with buses operating for six weeks. 1992, 38 pages.

Small Business Toxic Waste Reduction Program from Los Angeles to Rio de Janeiro
by Janice Perlman and Elwood Hopkins
This program enlisted retired chemical and environmental engineers to site visit small businesses and help them to find creative ways to reduce toxic waste, while maximizing their bottom line profit. The project was transferred to Rio de Janeiro where it was tested on a small scale by the Guanabara Bay De-Pollution Group. 1992, 10 pages.

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