July 5, 2010

Clare Cooper Marcus on “The Needs of Children in Contemporary Cities”

"I asked students to write what I call an 'environmental autobiography.' An important component of this exercise was to draw and describe their most fondly remembered childhood places..."
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.
June 22, 2010

What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs – book review

Jane Jacobs, a well-known urbanist-activist and writer died in 2006. Now, four years later, a book What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs, a compilation of essays by 33 well known thinkers from around the world, has been published.
June 9, 2010

“Damage From Within” – a 7 minute film by Sylvia Button

Sylvia Button's 7 minute film, "The Damage From Within" Sylvia says, "I created it to illustrate how healing ourselves is a prerequisite for being better equipped to care for our planet and all that surrounds us."
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 16, 2010

From the CENTER for the STUDY of ART & COMMUNITY: What is your gift? Why is knowing your gift important? by Puanani Burgess

In the past fifteen years I have developed exercises which are part of a community-building and conflict transformation process I call, “Building the Beloved Community.” In one of the anchor exercises I call, “Guts on the Table,” I ask people to tell three stories.
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.
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.
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 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.