The Antipodean Village Blogger wishes to nominate three related post-earthquake, “knowledge society” Christchurch projects for Ladder Awards. These projects are emerging from the need to reconstruct the city after the major earthquakes that hit it on 4 September 2010, 22 February 2011 and 13 June 2011.
Especially when seen together, the three projects begin to show what the Village-Connections vision can look like in practice. In this vision, people position themselves to better clarify and live out their dreams and aspirations by blending everyday living with appropriate on-line networking.
This blending can be made so much more effective when local people and organizations first create and share “interactive networking platforms.” With such platforms, people can work together to better understand and fulfil their dreams by networking from local through to wider urban, regional, national and international levels. The preceding Ladder Award nomination for eight schools collaborating in Hornby begins to show one way in which a beginning can be made on the constructing such a platform.
It needs to be stressed that these Awards are for projects that could benefit not only people and organizations in Christchurch, but also those in other parts of the world who might like to build up productive connections with the city as it rebuilds itself. People in other parts might also like to consider whether and how the emerging model might be adapted to their own environments and aspirations.
These three nominations will be followed by other, related Awards and blogs about complementary projects or potential projects that would help New Zealand to interact more effectively with the Pacific-Asian region and beyond.
See first nomination The Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus (Epic) project – comments, questions, challenges most welcome