September 29, 2009

The need for well-connected universities in an interconnected world

Guest Blogger John Gallagher writes: universities need to mediate ultimately between two-way, local and global, knowledge flows. The better a university is able to connect from local to global, and global to local, the more effective it can become.
April 2, 2009

Smart universities and localities for smarter intercultural collaborations

Although I was brought up to be accepting of many cultures and backgrounds, for much of my life, my only first-hand experience was of the white and western way of life.
February 24, 2009

Creative ICT use for a nation of well-connected local villages

It is useful to ask why the vision of inclusive, community-supported ICT use and development has receded, when clearly the need for participation and social cohesion still remains.
February 24, 2009

Towards a nation of well-connected villages

The challenge for community developers now is to ensure all in their localities not only have access to communications technologies, but also to knowledge of how these can be deployed productively.
December 23, 2008

A time to pause: to celebrate, reflect and refresh

It has been Graduation Week at Canterbury University in Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand. It was a 21st Century experience of tradition – the regalia, the music, and ceremony – and a celebration of the value of university education itself.
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

Ladder award: Chris Laidlaw and his Radio NZ panel discussion on the economy

This week’s ladder award goes to Chris Laidlaw and panelists for their insightful Radio New Zealand discussion on a vision for New Zealand's economic future - beyond complacency (there’s no need to do anything) and fatalism (we can't do anything)
November 18, 2008

Shovel Award: Manufacturers and Exporters Association of New Zealand

John Gallagher nominates the Manufacturers and Exporters Association of New Zealand for this weeks Shovel Award for proposing that after the 2008 election: “New Zealand required economic reform rather than work on social or environmental fronts”
November 6, 2008

Ladder Award: Canterbury Development Corp. for innovative brokering

John Gallagher nominates the Canterbury Development Corporation for this week’s Ladder Award (6 November 08) for its highly innovative brokering of a joint venture partnership between New Zealand’s Endeavour Capital and China’s Wuhan Huagong Venture Capital Company.