Typically in Asian cultures it is in the context of trusted relationships that business-doors are opened. Most in Aotearoa/New Zealand have not had much experience in building up relationships with Asians.
Countries previously considered prosperous find themselves mired in debt they cannot repay. The Antipodean Village Blogger argues that understanding some of the basic causes of this problem should help with the identification of realistic proposals to deal with it. The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Australian strategy for the Asian Century is seen as an instructive example of such proposals.
This Ladder Award blog notes the potential for a village precinct to emerge where a creative mix of education, technological innovation, social mixing and entertainment arts induce people to socialise, study, work, live and shop.
“It appears that a nuclear-exchange deal with Iran is finally in the making. This raises the positive prospect of reduced tensions in the region and allays the threat of an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities that would have had seriously negative global repercussions.” Turkish Harryet Daily News 17 May, 2010
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.
Drawing on Don Ihde's account of how macroperceptions can and do interact with and affect microperceptions. For a quick way into this piece, think about how Muslims have been perceived before and after two aeroplanes flew into the Twin Towers in New York on Sept 11
Our best way of helping all concerned is to help build communication between the conflicting parties – supporting the dialogue with the Taliban called for by the British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, and already begun in Saudi Arabia