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April 26, 2013

A trailer of “The Silent Connectors” – a film-based methodology for the local co-exploration of desirable futures

The filmed act problematizes development in a local area hit by global recession. Using film and interactive web, the methodology was developed to support people in their specific localities to create follow-on acts in which they uncover, together, what is going on and open up new possibilities for social and personal development.
May 15, 2012

Structure for public participation: learning from what works

One lesson learnt was the unstoppable value of people power, armed with knowledge and purpose. Don and Rose Craig
March 8, 2012

“It takes a village to raise a child” – OK, but where’s the village?

… calls are made for village, or community to look after all kinds of vulnerable people. Unfortunately little is said about the kind of village that could do this and do it well
January 30, 2012

Collaboration that Fulfils Hopes and Needs

Most people in leadership positions have been to university, however, while most learn technical competency and individual competition, very few learn how to collaborate.
August 19, 2011

Community as local place where everyone has something to offer

He wanted his suburb to be a friendlier place, but knew that simply moralising, telling people what they ought to do, and making them feel guilty when they didn’t, would not work. He knew the only way to change attitudes was to…
June 19, 2011

Filming participatory narratives of flourishing, sustainable urban-villages

Christchurch people could use film and social media to better come together and reconstruct life in their post-quake urban villages. This would constitute a new paradigm of local, village-based development, one in which communications technologies are deployed to generate narrative-inspired networking projects and new patterns of everyday living.
June 7, 2011

Visioning post-quake Christchurch via “ands” and narratives

Participatory narrative creation can provide a versatile tool for a city engaging in a hugely complex exercise of harmonizing and condensing endless fragments into meaningful wholes.
November 30, 2010

Community cultures of control or creativity?

Alberto Melucci wrote about the need for creative responses in every situation. He believed that in order to develop a culture of creativity, there is a need to create room for wonderment, spaces where wonder can take root and work its magic.
September 3, 2010

New Media Enables New Participation – So Why Isn’t It Happening?

As Gerhard Fischer reminds us we are dealing with complex issues that are beyond the grasp of individuals. I would also add, beyond the grasp of elected representatives.
August 23, 2010

Knowing who to vote for in an age of social media

Even actively interested people like myself don’t know whether to vote, or who to vote for, or if I vote, whether the person I help elect will do more harm or more good.
June 22, 2010

What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs – book review

Jane Jacobs, a well-known urbanist-activist and writer died in 2006. Now, four years later, a book What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs, a compilation of essays by 33 well known thinkers from around the world, has been published.
May 3, 2010

The Unworthy Tree – a creative filmed story of a successful local development project

"Once upon a time, not so long ago, a magnificent pine tree ... One day..." From the earliest of times people have had a need to make sense of their world and its possibilities through telling stories. It is the way many cultures learned.