"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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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?
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.