November 11, 2011

Christchurch Post Earthquake Developmental Ladder Award Three: “Campus Central” in the Draft Central City Plan

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.
July 14, 2010

New Local “Currency” Systems by Edward Goldsmith and Perry Walker

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.
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.
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.
December 10, 2009

John Key, Barack Obama, Afghanistan & the Pacific Way

I thought that maybe New Zealand Prime Minster John Key might try and connect with United States President Barak Obama through their common links to the Polynesian world.
November 15, 2009

Waiting for a Leader

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...
October 5, 2009

Innovative Sister City Networking for Global Solutions

John Gallagher writes, "Will the relevant decision-makers look carefully at the opportunities that communications technologies can now bring to sister city-based international networking?"
September 8, 2009

Becoming highly effective villagers

Add the village creatives – writers, filmmakers - and such troubles could be built into a locally produced, helpful and engaging, narrative film. Such a film could then be made more widely available …
August 9, 2009

New Zealand as Afghanistan peace broker

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
July 23, 2009

Social Networking for Local Development

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?
March 12, 2009

Locality-Academia partnership for economic and ecological transitions

The question I wish to discuss is how we can think effectively about local development that meets the needs of villagers in their local environments.
February 13, 2009

Towards needs-based policy for uncertain times: Is it needed?

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?