May 6, 2010

Ladder Award: writer Colm Tóibín for helping us empathise with the experience of immigrants

A Ladder is awarded to Irish writer Colm Tóibín for a story which helps us empathise with the experience of immigrants.
May 3, 2010

The Unworthy Tree – a creative filmed story of a successful local development project

"Once upon a time, not so long ago, a magnificent pine tree ... One day..." From the earliest of times people have had a need to make sense of their world and its possibilities through telling stories. It is the way many cultures learned.
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 23, 2010

The healing power of well-inhabited gardens

I realize land is becoming increasingly expensive; however I hope more people will see the benefits of the healing power of gardens and parks. I feel very thankful Nazareth House has such a place, for the sake of people such as my mother and the cicadas and many other inhabitants.
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 ….
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.
April 19, 2010

An immigrant finds a blessedlife in Godzone (New Zealand), & wants it for others

Erin steps on the Soap Box and describes the beautiful, ugly and the sublime of her experience in New Zealand.
March 19, 2010

Creating knowledge for sustainably bright futures

I fear that without a sense of a mission, universities will find themselves trying to please political masters and markets within very narrow horizons– and will soon end up pleasing no one.
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.”
February 6, 2010

Ladder Award: Martin Coffey for offering to help pay to re-build local pool

This weeks Ladder is awarded to Martin Coffey, an 86 year resident of St Albans, Christchurch New Zealand, for offering to put millions of dollars of his own money into helping re-build his local community pool
January 24, 2010

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Doing what you love - a formula for life and innovation ... I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit...
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.