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.
March 19, 2010

Creating knowledge for sustainably bright futures

I fear that without a sense of a mission, universities will find themselves trying to please political masters and markets within very narrow horizons– and will soon end up pleasing no one.
January 24, 2010

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Doing what you love - a formula for life and innovation ... I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit...
October 18, 2009

Ladder Award: University Finance Students who predicted Chinese investment

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.”
October 13, 2009

Ladder Award: Bernard Hickey re dairying – just what is in whose best interest?

Ladder Award winner Bernard Hickey - for seeing a larger picture, one that encompasses animal well-being, environmental sustainability, and the economy. Importantly, he is also encouraging the government to pause for a “stock take,” and to clarify what is in whose real interest.
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.
March 6, 2009

The Versatile Locality: drawing creativity out of continuity and change

"With everything else in flux - companies, careers, even families - our communities are often the only real constants in the social equation. Being geographically rooted, they are social units that persist. Each of us lives in one, even if only temporarily... Richard Florida
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 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 13, 2008

Shovel Award: Education Minister re – punishing parents of truant children

A Shovel Award goes to Education Minister Anne Tolley for her bill increasing the punishment for parents of truants (children not attending school).
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)