Recently I read a review by Mike Small about the exchange of letters between the pioneer urban and environmental planner Patrick Geddes, a Scot, and Lewis Mumford, his USA disciple, who went on to set up the Regional Planning Association.
I regard them as pioneering bioregioners working around 100 years ago and am looking to reading their correspondence.
We need to pay careful attention to how we develop the concept of bioregionalism in these islands. Mike Small says in his review that, whilst Geddes was radical in his thinking, his ideas became watered down to the point where they became, in his words, “technocratic paternalism”.
Against this view, Mike posits “decentralisation, self-management and mutual aid”. This aligns with how I would like to see bioregionalism developing here. What do you think?