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 30, 2009

“Whole of locality DVDs” – innovative transdisciplinary collaborations

What do academic disciplines and institutions have to offer society on matters of concern to it? What tools does sociology have to reach an alerted, potentially-receptive, risk-focused public?
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 31, 2009

Ladder Award: Steve Wratten for noting presence of many unnoticed local inhabitants

His explanation of the need for biodiversity is interesting and easy to understand.
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.
February 8, 2009

‘The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last’ – Oscar Wilde

Much has been made of the need for innovation and creativity to address concerns about disruptions to the global economy, its ecology and how this will impact on the quality of peoples lives. At the same time, much of this technological innovation helps to ensure citizens remain distracted and disengaged from much of what is happening or, most significantly, what they could possibly do about it.
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 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.
December 5, 2008

Making connections – creating interpretative communities by sharing horizons

There is much talk about the benefits of communications technologies to empower communities, but technologies can just as easily be used to impose power on community.