July 13, 2013

Fulfilling the promise of new technology unencumbered by security agendas

New Zealand is seen by otherwise friendly nations, including China and others in Latin America and Europe, to be collaborating in a network that spies extensively on them. New Zealand needs to be in a position to communicate comfortably and sustain good diplomatic and trade connections with both...
June 26, 2013

From the Edward Snowden case to a new Switzerland of the Southern Hemisphere?

United States Secretary of Defence, Chuck Hagel, just a few weeks before Snowden made his public claims about the US hacking Chinese servers, stressed how: "Cyber threats are real, they're terribly dangerous ….They're probably as insidious and real a threat (as there is) to the United States, as well as China, by the way, and every nation."
June 7, 2013

Mai Chen – Connecting Asians and Pakeha to contribute to the Asian Century

Typically in Asian cultures it is in the context of trusted relationships that business-doors are opened. Most in Aotearoa/New Zealand have not had much experience in building up relationships with Asians.
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.
April 15, 2013

Working constructively with China, the United States and North Korea? Open Letter to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key

Will New Zealand assist Korean crisis diplomacy and create a new win-win international trade model?
April 12, 2013

How New Zealand can help prevent Korean war

New Zealand’s traditional paradigm of military alignments and war-fighting with its roots in its colonial Anglo Saxon past does not provide the map Prime Minister John Key needs to address the Korean crisis constructively. His predecessor Helen Clarke’s nuclear-free diplomacy did. John Key's Foreign Minister McCully seems to understand what is needed.
February 2, 2013

Ladder Award to Chandran Nair for exposing the folly of encouraging a billion Asians to consume like Americans…

If we agree there will be planetary constraints if Asia's consuming class doubles in size, what will ...? What could ...?
January 14, 2013

Sister Cities as Asian Century Brokers

The sister-city debate needs to move beyond just retaining or opposing the status quo, by exploring, instead, how more might be made of sister-city relationships
January 4, 2013

In the village where I become … because we are …

In the past I’ve been critical of the huge amount of time, energy and resources that are spent on personal/ spiritual growth/development
December 19, 2012

Platforms for doing well – and helping others to do well – in the Asian Century. Open Letter to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key

To do well in the new Asian Century - and help others to do well - New Zealand could …
November 15, 2012

An open Letter to Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia

What if Australia’s Asia-connected schools were nestled in local communities and cities that were also well connected? Well connected, that is, both internally via social media, and internationally as hubs between Asian, US, and developing nation cities?
November 10, 2012

Local-global connection-building for futures that work

This blog has sought to demonstrate how diversities in a country like New Zealand can connect creatively from the grass roots to much more effectively address economic, ecological and other issues facing villages, nations and the wider world.