John Gallagher who nominated this award says, “I am very pleased to see New Zealand expertise being developed that can recognize and assess how New Zealand business is doing in the world economy, especially the Chinese one.”
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.