Publications: International Transfers

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Sharing Approaches That Work: Transfer and Adaptation of Urban Innovations
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This paper, written by the Mega-Cities staff, explains the stages and types of innovation transfer. Includes a list of the Innovation Transfers which Mega-Cities has brokered within the U.S. and around the world. 1996, 16 pages. MCP-040

MEGACITIES-UNV - Waste Management Project: An Urban Participatory Development Experience
Through this initiative, the Zabbaleen were given the training, equipment, and start-up funds necessary to organize small 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 Bombay through their Municipal Corporation and the “rag-pickers initiative” and in Manila through the Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies. 1996, 133 pages. MCP-041

Tentative Hypotheses Drawn from Observation of Two Urban Innovation Transfers in Progress:” Alert II” from Sao Paulo to New York City and “Surface Metro” from Curitiba to New York City
"Alert 11," 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 shutting down Park Avenue to traffic on World Environment Day, June 3, 1993. The "Surface Metro" transportation system, introduced 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. MCP-042

Magic Eyes: Environmental Awareness in Bangkok
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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. MCP-043

Small Business Toxic Waste Reduction Program from Los Angeles to Rio de Janeiro
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. MCP-044

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