September 28, 2010

Local Place and its Co-Construction in the Global Network Society – Hazel Ashton’s concluding thesis chapter

Hazel Ashton writes: I submitted my doctoral thesis in 2008 and now, some two years later, have just re-read my conclusion. I think issues raised are still relevant and I'm hopeful that material can assist in conversations between communities, policy/decision makers and academia especially about new opportunities ...
September 16, 2010

Social networking – local – after the Christchurch earth quake

I think we’ve heard enough from leaders and would-be leaders who advocate re-building yesterday’s organizations. I think we need to hear more from the new builders, especially those that would like to help build effective local networks.
September 3, 2010

New Media Enables New Participation – So Why Isn’t It Happening?

As Gerhard Fischer reminds us we are dealing with complex issues that are beyond the grasp of individuals. I would also add, beyond the grasp of elected representatives.
July 27, 2010

Ladder Awards: effective Restorative Justice and publicity

Ladder award: St Thomas’s of Canterbury boys school for a highly effective Restorative Justice programme and to The Press for publicising it
July 18, 2010

Ladder Award: to Massey University for its international epidemic-prevention programs

A Ladder Award to Massey University’s Professor Emeritus Roger Morris and Vice Chancellor Steve Maharey for an imaginative and timely international outreach program.
July 9, 2010

The Emergence of Localism by Richard K Moore

Localization activists have motivation and vision, however, according to Richard Moore, "none of these initiatives has found a way to escape from marginalism and really begin to have a significant effect on any community’s economy, or to move any community significantly closer to sustainability." He takes a closer look at localization initiatives in order to understand why.
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 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.
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 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 ….