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.
Is there a way of stimulating the economy which doesn't add to a nation's debt? Is there a way of meeting needs that doesn't cost the earth? Although published in 1995, this piece - with comments added by John Turmel - is well worth revisiting.
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.
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.
In my work (academic and community) I’ve felt increasing disquiet about the frequency of calls for a leader – someone who can take charge, someone who “we” can follow, someone will lead us from the wilderness, from the uncertainty, someone who will know what to do, and someone we can rely on to look after our interests...
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
Beginning in 1992 with a local, desktop-published news magazine and culminating in 2000 with a local, participatory community web project, these communication-based projects helped to turn a fragmented suburb into a networked locality. What do I mean by a networked locality?
Can we expect that somehow and in some way our basic needs will go on being met by national and global food delivery and financial systems, and local community will just automatically be ready if this fails? Or should we take the current financial crisis, well documented threats of climate crisis and peak oil as wake-up calls?