December 20, 2008

Making Time for Village-Time

Taking time out from busy schedules for local village-time - time to discover shared local needs and aspirations and how to fulfill them - can be a major challenge.
December 5, 2008

Making connections – creating interpretative communities by sharing horizons

There is much talk about the benefits of communications technologies to empower communities, but technologies can just as easily be used to impose power on community.
December 4, 2008

Raewyn Good a rare taonga in the public sector, always willing to help

Kristen Maynard writes: It is with an extremely heavy heart that I write this tribute to Raewyn whose passing can only be described in the physical […]
November 28, 2008

Narratives of interdependence: old and new – Making Connections

"If people can see Earth from up here, see it without those borders, see it without any differences in race or religion, they would have a completely different perspective. (Anousheh Ansari, Iranian-American space tourist)
November 21, 2008

Dr Steve Luke and Sociology at Canterbury – by Terry Austrin

I am speaking here today on behalf of the School of Sociology and Anthropology. Steve was an important member of our community and your loss, following the recent celebration of the award of his PhD, and the promised publications flowing from it, is also our loss.
November 18, 2008

Dr Steve Luke and Sociology at Canterbury – by Rosemary Du Plessis

For him this intellectual work was pure pleasure – a wonderful opportunity to exercise that exceptional intellect, to fire it up and get it moving.
October 19, 2008

Land for food, recreation and well-being

At a local level, back in 1995, in St Albans, Christchurch, New Zealand, Peggy Kelly argued continued building developments on versatile lands which could better be used for food production would be irresponsible.
October 2, 2008

Community Care: Some connections

Local resident Margreet Stronks, who was the main instigator and driving force behind OSCAR, described care as being closer to the German form of care - solicitude, care for, care about, in this case, the children in St Albans.
September 25, 2008

Intercultural relations grounded locally, connected globally – some connections

An attractive place doesn’t have to be a big city, but it has to be cosmopolitan - a place where anyone can find a peer group to be comfortable with, and also find other groups to be stimulated by: a place seething with the interplay of cultures and ideas; a place where outsiders can quickly become insiders - Richard Florida
September 22, 2008

The now worthy tree – some connections

In an article in the St Albans community paper STANN, it was stated: “this amazing achievement will be remembered by St Albans people as a sign that they have again become an identifiable community - a community with enough hope and fortitude to dare to try and change things for the better.”
September 11, 2008

The “good” story – some connections

Narratives are created about people and place all the time. For instance, a major narrative for New Zealand is that it remains clean green while also being economically prosperous from grass-growing. Is this a helpful narrative? Are there any alternatives?
September 3, 2008

Conversations about social futures – some connections

We can get inspired and mobilized by leadership, we can gain much insight from well worked out concepts, but we also need knowledge to be situated, or worked through, and stabilised in real life situations.