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 20, 2008

Making Time for Village-Time

Taking time out from busy schedules for local village-time - time to discover shared local needs and aspirations and how to fulfill them - can be a major challenge.
September 11, 2008

The “good” story – some connections

Narratives are created about people and place all the time. For instance, a major narrative for New Zealand is that it remains clean green while also being economically prosperous from grass-growing. Is this a helpful narrative? Are there any alternatives?
September 2, 2008

Conversations about social futures

There are many calls for people in local community to be able to help address problems and open up new creative possibilities. However, there is little serious attention given to the “how” question.