January 7, 2010

It’s not just the economy stupid … Life after Copenhagen

In 1992 Bill Clinton famously said "it’s the economy stupid." With the Copenhagen climate change conference, it might be asked if this has been replaced with “no, it’s the environment stupid.” I think the focus has to shift beyond either, or even both. I would like to propose as the most useful framing: “it’s the implementation stupid”.
November 15, 2009

Waiting for a Leader

In my work (academic and community) I’ve felt increasing disquiet about the frequency of calls for a leader – someone who can take charge, someone who “we” can follow, someone will lead us from the wilderness, from the uncertainty, someone who will know what to do, and someone we can rely on to look after our interests...
April 23, 2009

Charitable philanthropy or networks of care?

I feel more comfortable with community-based forms of exchange, where there is a natural process of giving and receiving between people who know one another or are in environments or networks where diverse forms of care and reciprocity can exist and flourish.
February 9, 2009

Waitangi Day 2009: towards new reconciliation and community development?

For a long time I have thought Maori have much to teach the rest of us (in Aotearoa/New Zealand and in general). Maori have had many generations living with each other and the environment, and have had to retain, adapt and develop their culture through tough colonial, post-colonial and now global times.
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.
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.
October 6, 2008

Ladder award: Gareth Morgan for commentary on NZ & global economy

John Gallagher nominates Gareth Morgan, a well-known New Zealand economic commentator, for this week's Ladder award.