As this new century unfolds, it seems that people are not as enthusiastic about calling on community to address current problems as they once were; instead they are coming to call on the ethical and responsible individual. I have some major concerns about where this very individualized trajectory is leading us.
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?
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.
New Zealand is well respected for its nuclear free stance and its subsequent peace brokering and peace-keeping roles. Can it also develop an approach to intercultural relations based on local networking and local through to international forms of collaboration?