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.
June 28, 2010

The New Auckland Super City and its Communities

A new Super City is being created in Auckland in Aotearoa/New Zealand this year. The implications for local communities are enormous.
May 18, 2010

Iran accepts settlement brokered by Turkey & Brazil

“It appears that a nuclear-exchange deal with Iran is finally in the making. This raises the positive prospect of reduced tensions in the region and allays the threat of an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities that would have had seriously negative global repercussions.” Turkish Harryet Daily News 17 May, 2010
May 16, 2010

“Severe Global Recessions” & village networking for resilience

“…the world is in for more turbulent times than it has been accustomed to…” “…new thinking might be in order not only at national and international levels, but also at local ones…”
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.
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 22, 2010

Local nuclear-free zone campaigns supported nationally from a campaigner’s house

Now President Obama himself wants New Zealand to step up to take an active role in helping to improve global nuclear security. Larry Ross had often said that the best way for New Zealand to be a true friend to the United States was not to follow it down confrontational pathways that pointed towards nuclear extinction. It made more sense, rather, to ….
February 7, 2010

Brokering Solutions Based on Needs – Marshall Rosenberg

I’d like to look towards local development that, in Rosenberg’s words, creates “a life-enriching quality of connection that allows all our needs to be met in ways that are satisfying for everyone involved.”
January 21, 2010

Feel free – to be trivial and timid

It doesn’t seem right to me to live in a world where it is said that there is ‘free speech’ but we can only feel really free to talk about safe things, like feeling and expressing gratitude and positive thoughts, and whether and how to part our hair or cover bald spots.
October 14, 2009

Our machines are disturbingly lively & we ourselves frighteningly inert (Donna Haraway)

I realised after I responded in a personal way, that the invitation I had received was just one of many sent by a machine. This machine didn’t know me, apart from as a series of 0s and 1s, wouldn’t understand what I was saying, wouldn’t care whether I was in good health or not, and whether I attended or not.