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March 15, 2014

Using technology to connect well in an interconnected world

In the last 10 years, the number of students learning the Chinese language in New Zealand universities has halved according to Massey Chinese language lecturer Rosemary Haddon. Does this matter?
July 15, 2013

A Way Through Cybersecurity Thickets – Open Letter to the New Zealand Government

A way through cybersecurity controversies with the potential to first garner the support of all political parties in New Zealand, and then also international support from the United States, China, and other nations....
April 15, 2013

Working constructively with China, the United States and North Korea? Open Letter to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key

Will New Zealand assist Korean crisis diplomacy and create a new win-win international trade model?
June 19, 2011

Filming participatory narratives of flourishing, sustainable urban-villages

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.
December 23, 2010

Village connections to turn around difficult times and make the most of good times

She said she had noticed I was rather intense and uptight and thought – for my own good and the good of others – I should aim to be calm and laid back like the Non Violent Communication (NVC) specialist Marshall Rosenberg
October 1, 2010

Muddling into world war 3, or helping to prevent it?

Scenario 1: United States-Chinese crisis, nuclear redeployment and ships in New Zealand waters/ports… Scenario 2: neutral peace-broking and neutral zone of peace
September 28, 2010

Economic and geo-strategic ruin or coherent communications framework?

Economically, New Zealand's accumulated deficit is $180B and rising. Diplomatically/militarily, does it accept either Chinese or United States naval visits, or both? Or none? Is there a framework for resolving such problems?
September 28, 2010

Ladder Award: Steven Johnson for his useful insights into “Where good ideas come from”

Steven Johnson is awarded a Ladder for insights into the origin of good ideas.
September 16, 2010

Social networking – local – after the Christchurch earth quake

I think we’ve heard enough from leaders and would-be leaders who advocate re-building yesterday’s organizations. I think we need to hear more from the new builders, especially those that would like to help build effective local networks.
September 3, 2010

New Media Enables New Participation – So Why Isn’t It Happening?

As Gerhard Fischer reminds us we are dealing with complex issues that are beyond the grasp of individuals. I would also add, beyond the grasp of elected representatives.
August 23, 2010

Knowing who to vote for in an age of social media

Even actively interested people like myself don’t know whether to vote, or who to vote for, or if I vote, whether the person I help elect will do more harm or more good.
June 18, 2010

“Strong Sustainability” Excerpts

"Community is a global (connected to global communities via technology) network of networks. Technology enables active participation in local and national conversations and decision making." From "Strong Sustainability for New Zealand: principles and scenarios"