June 1, 2010

From Localities to Network Localities & Nations of Well-Connected Villages

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.
December 22, 2009

Village Connections for Sustainable Local – and Global – Solutions

2009 has been a year in which big leaders have had a lot to say about vision, aspirations and hope, while saying very little about the practical steps needed to translate these into reality.
December 21, 2009

Copenhagen Ladder Awards: Prince Charles, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Key

"History tells us that movements begin with people, not governments, and when they become powerful enough, governments respond." Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California
November 22, 2009

Ladder Award: Dmitry Orlov – lessons of the Soviet economic collapse

Winner of Ladder Award: Dmitry Orlov - for drawing attention to lessons from Soviet economic collapse. We so often hear about disasters and crises, but not much about what gets people through them.
November 13, 2009

Finding Leaders

In my work (academic and community) I’ve felt increasing disquiet about the number of times I’ve heard people call for a leader – someone who can take charge, someone who “we” can follow, someone will lead us from the wilderness, from the uncertainty, someone who will know what to do, and who will act in our interests …
September 28, 2009

New Zealand’s pathway to independence in an interdependent world

Guest Blogger John Gallagher writes: Where other, larger countries are willing to relate to us, it will be on their terms rather than our own. We are the only ones who can look, primarily, after our own interests and concerns, or, indeed, our very independence.
July 23, 2009

Social Networking for Local Development

Beginning in 1992 with a local, desktop-published news magazine and culminating in 2000 with a local, participatory community web project, these communication-based projects helped to turn a fragmented suburb into a networked locality. What do I mean by a networked locality?