August 11, 2010

Global economy – noticing there’s an elephant in the room

I’m hopeful that increasing awareness of the global economic crisis will stimulate an appreciation of the nature of the challenges. I see this awareness as a necessary prerequisite for effective transition to a more sustainable future.
July 19, 2010

Awakening grassroots energy by Richard K Moore

Richard Moore defines some obstacles to dialog in localization movements, and shifts the focus from problems to solutions.
July 14, 2010

New Local “Currency” Systems by Edward Goldsmith and Perry Walker

Is there a way of stimulating the economy which doesn't add to a nation's debt? Is there a way of meeting needs that doesn't cost the earth? Although published in 1995, this piece - with comments added by John Turmel - is well worth revisiting.
July 9, 2010

The Emergence of Localism by Richard K Moore

Localization activists have motivation and vision, however, according to Richard Moore, "none of these initiatives has found a way to escape from marginalism and really begin to have a significant effect on any community’s economy, or to move any community significantly closer to sustainability." He takes a closer look at localization initiatives in order to understand why.
July 5, 2010

Clare Cooper Marcus on “The Needs of Children in Contemporary Cities”

"I asked students to write what I call an 'environmental autobiography.' An important component of this exercise was to draw and describe their most fondly remembered childhood places..."
June 25, 2010

Janine Benyus – Recognizing What Works: A Conscious Emulation of Life’s Genius

You find that all life is locally attuned and adapted, that it is diverse and resilient, that it builds from the bottom up...
June 18, 2010

“Strong Sustainability” Excerpts

"Community is a global (connected to global communities via technology) network of networks. Technology enables active participation in local and national conversations and decision making." From "Strong Sustainability for New Zealand: principles and scenarios"
June 9, 2010

“Damage From Within” – a 7 minute film by Sylvia Button

Sylvia Button's 7 minute film, "The Damage From Within" Sylvia says, "I created it to illustrate how healing ourselves is a prerequisite for being better equipped to care for our planet and all that surrounds us."
May 16, 2010

From the CENTER for the STUDY of ART & COMMUNITY: What is your gift? Why is knowing your gift important? by Puanani Burgess

In the past fifteen years I have developed exercises which are part of a community-building and conflict transformation process I call, “Building the Beloved Community.” In one of the anchor exercises I call, “Guts on the Table,” I ask people to tell three stories.
May 2, 2010

Why I wish to write about Oamaru…

Erin writes: South Island has always been stereotyped as "more racist" by many of my Asian friends but I can tell you, we did not feel that at all in Oamaru.
April 28, 2010

Turkey & New Zealand – From World War One Antagonists to Peacemaking Partners? (Part 1, 2010)

There was, and remains, an opportunity to forge a new kind of partnership for peace with the Turkey that New Zealand fought against in world war one.
April 21, 2010

The disabled are publicly visible and look happy and independent in New Zealand

Erin writes: NZ is very disabled-friendly – I get to see people in wheelchairs all the time, in the city centre, at KFC, at malls, New Brighton Beach and most striking of all, on public buses. I especially like the way the driver goes out of his/her way to help passengers in wheelchairs.