March 6, 2009

Well-connected localities for innovative ways out of the recession

The severity of the current economic crisis has been compared to The Great Depression of 1930s.The lesson appears to be limited to ensuring that the flows of trade and credit are maintained.
February 9, 2009

Waitangi Day 2009: towards new reconciliation and community development?

For a long time I have thought Maori have much to teach the rest of us (in Aotearoa/New Zealand and in general). Maori have had many generations living with each other and the environment, and have had to retain, adapt and develop their culture through tough colonial, post-colonial and now global times.
February 8, 2009

‘The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last’ – Oscar Wilde

Much has been made of the need for innovation and creativity to address concerns about disruptions to the global economy, its ecology and how this will impact on the quality of peoples lives. At the same time, much of this technological innovation helps to ensure citizens remain distracted and disengaged from much of what is happening or, most significantly, what they could possibly do about it.
December 23, 2008

A time to pause: to celebrate, reflect and refresh

It has been Graduation Week at Canterbury University in Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand. It was a 21st Century experience of tradition – the regalia, the music, and ceremony – and a celebration of the value of university education itself.
December 23, 2008

Ladder Award: Malcolm Gladwell on factors that influence success & failure

This week a Ladder is awarded to Malcolm Gladwell for his work on the factors that influence success and failure in his new social science book, Outliers: The Story of Success.
December 5, 2008

Making connections – creating interpretative communities by sharing horizons

There is much talk about the benefits of communications technologies to empower communities, but technologies can just as easily be used to impose power on community.
November 28, 2008

Narratives of interdependence: old and new – Making Connections

"If people can see Earth from up here, see it without those borders, see it without any differences in race or religion, they would have a completely different perspective. (Anousheh Ansari, Iranian-American space tourist)
November 28, 2008

Responding to very significant world change – a grassroots response needed

There is a need to be flexible when dealing with change. However, the danger of the current top down way of dealing with change (such as the current economic turbulence) is it will only serve to put out some fires which protect a few, for a while. A more comprehensive approach to dealing with change is needed.
October 6, 2008

NZ’s international relationships – getting to the best options

Guest blogger John Gallagher asks how New Zealand can best relate to the wider world in the context of major changes. These include: new communications technologies, globalization, Asian migration, economic growth and dominance of places like Japan, China and India, and acute resource constraints and ecosystem pressures.
October 6, 2008

Ladder award: Gareth Morgan for commentary on NZ & global economy

John Gallagher nominates Gareth Morgan, a well-known New Zealand economic commentator, for this week's Ladder award.
September 17, 2008

Ladder Award: NZ peacekeepers in Afghanistan

Village-connections would like to award its first ladder to those innovative army people who took the time and trouble to ensure the New Zealand peacekeepers about […]