Our Cities, Our Homes: People, Places and Passions
The world has been in a state of disruptive flux for decades. This transformation signals an unfolding process of creativeThe world has been in a state of disruptive flux for decades. This transformation signals an unfolding process of creative destruction: society, the economy, politics, cultural life, technology and the environment have, in many ways, changed beyond recognition.
Anwar Fazal has been one of the world’s leading witnesses to these dramas – an engaged and engaging public intellectual who has been at the forefront of local and global efforts to forge innovative solutions to pressing problems. Our Cities, Our Homes brings together, for the first time, some of his most important contributions to debates about what kinds of alternative futures are possible. At their heart are a deeply felt commitment to people-centred development, incorporating the values of justice, sustainability and inclusiveness, and the potential of capacity building, enabling people to build on the capabilities they already possess.
These values are applied, above all, in reimagining the fate of the city in our time: from the groundbreaking Sustainable Penang Initiative to the global challenge of rampant urbanisation. Written in an accessible style, infused with a clear-eyed passion for emboldened people and liveable places, Our Cities, Our Homes is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of the planet. ‘A man with strong ethical and humanistic values who, I also discovered, was perceptive, far-sighted and judicious. I was astonished by his foresight … always persistent, always putting the human being centre stage, always focusing on the issues that really matter.’ – Charles Landry, author ofThe Creative City
Anwar Fazal is a leading civil society activist and thinker, whose contribution to the community in the areas of consumer protection, environment, human rights, heritage, interfaith and peace issues has brought him both local and global recognition. A pioneer of many local, national and international citizens’ movements – including the Consumers’ Association of Penang, Consumers International and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action – he is currently the director of the Right Livelihood College.