August 26, 2013

Introducing the Village App Project (VAP)

My idea is to create a village app or village web with an on-line market where goods and services are traded with village currency supporting balanced forms of reciprocity – giving and receiving – and connection-building in local areas.
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
September 1, 2012

The missing conversations

We could start by reducing time and energy focused on we don’t want and focus instead on what we do want. If enough of us do this, then media and politicians will take an interest and follow.
August 24, 2012

Neutral venue for safe secure data services?

John Key showed exceptional skill and expertise in managing international data flows to make his substantial fortune. Can he now help New Zealand do well, and position it to help others to do well, from the management of such flows?
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.
December 31, 2011

From US-Iran problems to a new, local-global solutions paradigm

New Zealand diplomats with nuclear-free peacemaking credentials based already in Tehran, Washington, London, and Europe could right now begin...
November 17, 2011

Threatened Israeli Airstrike on Iran: NZ Nuclear-free Liaison Proposed

At President Obama’s Washington Nuclear Summit New Zealand's Prime minister John Key offered "New Zealand leadership on the nuclear issue."
November 11, 2011

Christchurch Post Earthquake Developmental Ladder Award Three: “Campus Central” in the Draft Central City Plan

This Ladder Award blog notes the potential for a village precinct to emerge where a creative mix of education, technological innovation, social mixing and entertainment arts induce people to socialise, study, work, live and shop.
November 9, 2011

Christchurch Post-Earthquake Developmental Ladder Award Two: The Science Alive Educational Trust

Trail-blazing potential to help to connect people where they live, learn, work and create in their localities with on-going, cutting-edge, value-creating, global technological innovation and thinking
November 7, 2011

Christchurch Post Earthquake Developmental Ladder Award One: The Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus (Epic) project

Having Silicon Valley-style conversations - "Why is Silicon Valley so successful? It's because all the graduates are in one place and they can bump into each other at cafes and talk about their ideas" (Nevill-Manning Christchurch Press 3 August, 2011)
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.