May 6, 2010

Ladder Award: writer Colm Tóibín for helping us empathise with the experience of immigrants

A Ladder is awarded to Irish writer Colm Tóibín for a story which helps us empathise with the experience of immigrants.
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
August 9, 2009

New Zealand and Afghanistan: Independent Peacemaker or Military Side-Kick?

Guest Blogger John Gallagher writes: The big issue now facing New Zealand now is whether to further build up its role and identity as an independent peacemaker and practical peace-builder, or to try to return to being a client military side-kick to nuclear powers.
March 6, 2009

Well-connected localities for innovative ways out of the recession

The severity of the current economic crisis has been compared to The Great Depression of 1930s.The lesson appears to be limited to ensuring that the flows of trade and credit are maintained.
February 13, 2009

Credible warnings of environmental crisis unless there is pre-emptive action

David King, the chief scientist for Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of Britain wrote in the British Science magazine, 9 January 2004, “Climate change is real, […]
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?
January 23, 2009

Jobs need much more than a Job Summit (part two)

John Gallagher continues his blog on life after the February 2009 New Zealand Jobs Summit. This time he looks at how wider vision in this information age can keep pragmatism working for jobs and for much else besides.
December 23, 2008

Ladder Award: Malcolm Gladwell on factors that influence success & failure

This week a Ladder is awarded to Malcolm Gladwell for his work on the factors that influence success and failure in his new social science book, Outliers: The Story of Success.
December 14, 2008

Key to a Bright Future

With the significant exception of broadband rollout, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's Speech from the Throne reads like a blast from the past.
December 4, 2008

Raewyn Good a rare taonga in the public sector, always willing to help

Kristen Maynard writes: It is with an extremely heavy heart that I write this tribute to Raewyn whose passing can only be described in the physical […]
December 3, 2008

Raewyn Good: exceptional networker & weaver of connections, died 2-12-08

Raewyn Good was the quintessential un-bureaucratic bureaucrat, an exceptional and effective networker. She wove connections within, and between, community, social science and official policy. She had the rare ability to identify and support innovative connecting concepts, and many innovative connecting people.
November 18, 2008

Dr Steve Luke and Sociology at Canterbury – by Rosemary Du Plessis

For him this intellectual work was pure pleasure – a wonderful opportunity to exercise that exceptional intellect, to fire it up and get it moving.