December 5, 2013

Fears China Diaoyu/Japan Senkaku Stand-off could lead to World War 3

At worst, the Diaoyu-Senkaku crisis could easily spiral into a (nuclear) World War 3 according to "highly credible" senior diplomats and military planners, including from the United States…
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 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?
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.
November 7, 2012

Local-global connection-building to get through a global economic crisis

Countries previously considered prosperous find themselves mired in debt they cannot repay. The Antipodean Village Blogger argues that understanding some of the basic causes of this problem should help with the identification of realistic proposals to deal with it. The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Australian strategy for the Asian Century is seen as an instructive example of such proposals.
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.
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.
September 28, 2010

Economic and geo-strategic ruin or coherent communications framework?

Economically, New Zealand's accumulated deficit is $180B and rising. Diplomatically/militarily, does it accept either Chinese or United States naval visits, or both? Or none? Is there a framework for resolving such problems?
September 28, 2010

Ladder Award: Steven Johnson for his useful insights into “Where good ideas come from”

Steven Johnson is awarded a Ladder for insights into the origin of good ideas.
July 18, 2010

Ladder Award: to Massey University for its international epidemic-prevention programs

A Ladder Award to Massey University’s Professor Emeritus Roger Morris and Vice Chancellor Steve Maharey for an imaginative and timely international outreach program.
May 13, 2010

Turkey & Brazil mediating over Iran’s Nuclear Programme

Turkish mediation efforts over the Iranian nuclear development programme referred to in the Village-Connections Soap Box blog "From Old Enmities to Collaborative Peacemaking?" are bearing some fruit.
May 12, 2010

Village Theory Think Piece: How to better understand the global from the perspective of the local

Drawing on Don Ihde's account of how macroperceptions can and do interact with and affect microperceptions. For a quick way into this piece, think about how Muslims have been perceived before and after two aeroplanes flew into the Twin Towers in New York on Sept 11