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November 9, 2011

Christchurch Post-Earthquake Developmental Ladder Award Two: The Science Alive Educational Trust

Trail-blazing potential to help to connect people where they live, learn, work and create in their localities with on-going, cutting-edge, value-creating, global technological innovation and thinking
November 7, 2011

Christchurch Post Earthquake Developmental Ladder Award One: The Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus (Epic) project

Having Silicon Valley-style conversations - "Why is Silicon Valley so successful? It's because all the graduates are in one place and they can bump into each other at cafes and talk about their ideas" (Nevill-Manning Christchurch Press 3 August, 2011)
August 19, 2011

Community as local place where everyone has something to offer

He wanted his suburb to be a friendlier place, but knew that simply moralising, telling people what they ought to do, and making them feel guilty when they didn’t, would not work. He knew the only way to change attitudes was to…
July 11, 2011

Ladder Award: The Slow Science Academy for their work to reclaim the ivory tower as a space, with time to discuss, to wonder, and to think

We do need time to think. We do need time to digest. We do need time to misunderstand each other, especially when fostering lost dialogue between humanities and natural sciences...
June 19, 2011

Filming participatory narratives of flourishing, sustainable urban-villages

Christchurch people could use film and social media to better come together and reconstruct life in their post-quake urban villages. This would constitute a new paradigm of local, village-based development, one in which communications technologies are deployed to generate narrative-inspired networking projects and new patterns of everyday living.
June 7, 2011

Visioning post-quake Christchurch via “ands” and narratives

Participatory narrative creation can provide a versatile tool for a city engaging in a hugely complex exercise of harmonizing and condensing endless fragments into meaningful wholes.
May 23, 2011

When the way out is through the door, why set up a Green Global Casino?

Instead of losing precious time by fiddling around waiting for the planet to burn, why not just take the obvious way out...
December 29, 2010

Ladder Award proposed for Murray McCully – driving-force behind nuclear-free consensus

WikiLeaks documents confirm that New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully was a driving force in cementing in New Zealand’s nuclear-free policy
December 23, 2010

Village connections to turn around difficult times and make the most of good times

She said she had noticed I was rather intense and uptight and thought – for my own good and the good of others – I should aim to be calm and laid back like the Non Violent Communication (NVC) specialist Marshall Rosenberg
December 6, 2010

New Zealand should help cool Korean and United States heads

I think the right starting point is Foreign Minister McCully’s call for “cool heads” to prevent escalation....I invite him to consider how this can be translated into practice, and to examine carefully the Chinese spokesperson’s statement…
November 30, 2010

Community cultures of control or creativity?

Alberto Melucci wrote about the need for creative responses in every situation. He believed that in order to develop a culture of creativity, there is a need to create room for wonderment, spaces where wonder can take root and work its magic.
September 28, 2010

Economic and geo-strategic ruin or coherent communications framework?

Economically, New Zealand's accumulated deficit is $180B and rising. Diplomatically/militarily, does it accept either Chinese or United States naval visits, or both? Or none? Is there a framework for resolving such problems?