November 10, 2012

Local-global connection-building for futures that work

This blog has sought to demonstrate how diversities in a country like New Zealand can connect creatively from the grass roots to much more effectively address economic, ecological and other issues facing villages, nations and the wider world.
September 1, 2012

The missing conversations

We could start by reducing time and energy focused on we don’t want and focus instead on what we do want. If enough of us do this, then media and politicians will take an interest and follow.
August 24, 2012

Neutral venue for safe secure data services?

John Key showed exceptional skill and expertise in managing international data flows to make his substantial fortune. Can he now help New Zealand do well, and position it to help others to do well, from the management of such flows?
May 15, 2012

Structure for public participation: learning from what works

One lesson learnt was the unstoppable value of people power, armed with knowledge and purpose. Don and Rose Craig
January 30, 2012

Collaboration that Fulfils Hopes and Needs

Most people in leadership positions have been to university, however, while most learn technical competency and individual competition, very few learn how to collaborate.
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.
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