Christchurch people could use film and social media to better come together and reconstruct life in their post-quake urban villages. This would constitute a new paradigm of local, village-based development, one in which communications technologies are deployed to generate narrative-inspired networking projects and new patterns of everyday living.
Hazel Ashton writes: I submitted my doctoral thesis in 2008 and now, some two years later, have just re-read my conclusion. I think issues raised are still relevant and I'm hopeful that material can assist in conversations between communities, policy/decision makers and academia especially about new opportunities ...
The wider aim of such projects is to support the development of an innovative nation of network localities, or well-connected local "villages" - to more effectively meet unprecedented economic, socio-cultural and ecological challenges and identify new opportunities.
In the past fifteen years I have developed exercises which are part of a community-building and conflict transformation process I call, “Building the Beloved Community.” In one of the anchor exercises I call, “Guts on the Table,” I ask people to tell three stories.
"Once upon a time, not so long ago, a magnificent pine tree ... One day..." From the earliest of times people have had a need to make sense of their world and its possibilities through telling stories. It is the way many cultures learned.
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.