January 21, 2010

Feel free – to be trivial and timid

It doesn’t seem right to me to live in a world where it is said that there is ‘free speech’ but we can only feel really free to talk about safe things, like feeling and expressing gratitude and positive thoughts, and whether and how to part our hair or cover bald spots.
January 20, 2010

Giving Birth to a New Economy by a Managed Contraction

Deirdre Kent, Laurence Boomert and Helen Dew write: "The twin debts of a flawed money system combined with our binge on fossil fuels are both coming due at the same time The party is over."
January 7, 2010

It’s not just the economy stupid … Life after Copenhagen

In 1992 Bill Clinton famously said "it’s the economy stupid." With the Copenhagen climate change conference, it might be asked if this has been replaced with “no, it’s the environment stupid.” I think the focus has to shift beyond either, or even both. I would like to propose as the most useful framing: “it’s the implementation stupid”.
September 8, 2009

Becoming highly effective villagers

Add the village creatives – writers, filmmakers - and such troubles could be built into a locally produced, helpful and engaging, narrative film. Such a film could then be made more widely available …
April 23, 2009

Charitable philanthropy or networks of care?

I feel more comfortable with community-based forms of exchange, where there is a natural process of giving and receiving between people who know one another or are in environments or networks where diverse forms of care and reciprocity can exist and flourish.
April 9, 2009

Co-creating local place

In her community-building work, Margreet Stonks made living in the locality an explicit, reflexive, ongoing process.
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 12, 2009

Locality-Academia partnership for economic and ecological transitions

The question I wish to discuss is how we can think effectively about local development that meets the needs of villagers in their local environments.
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
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 20, 2008

Making Time for Village-Time

Taking time out from busy schedules for local village-time - time to discover shared local needs and aspirations and how to fulfill them - can be a major challenge.
October 30, 2008

Ladder Award: Ross Himona for creative approach to inclusive development

The most important task for us today is to nurture the release of the creative potential of our people. That can only be done at the local level, at the grassroots or flaxroots level where the people are. It cannot be done globally or nationally. And the most important role of the new technologies is to facilitate the release of that creative potential (Ross Nepia Himona)