May 12, 2010

Village Theory Think Piece: How to better understand the global from the perspective of the local

Drawing on Don Ihde's account of how macroperceptions can and do interact with and affect microperceptions. For a quick way into this piece, think about how Muslims have been perceived before and after two aeroplanes flew into the Twin Towers in New York on Sept 11
May 3, 2010

The Unworthy Tree – a creative filmed story of a successful local development project

"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.
March 19, 2010

Creating knowledge for sustainably bright futures

I fear that without a sense of a mission, universities will find themselves trying to please political masters and markets within very narrow horizons– and will soon end up pleasing no one.
November 15, 2009

Waiting for a Leader

In my work (academic and community) I’ve felt increasing disquiet about the frequency of calls 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 someone we can rely on to look after our interests...
October 14, 2009

Our machines are disturbingly lively & we ourselves frighteningly inert (Donna Haraway)

I realised after I responded in a personal way, that the invitation I had received was just one of many sent by a machine. This machine didn’t know me, apart from as a series of 0s and 1s, wouldn’t understand what I was saying, wouldn’t care whether I was in good health or not, and whether I attended or not.
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.
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 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 24, 2009

Getting Beyond Mantras and Scarcity Models

Why not new practical approaches to creatively combine our diverse qualities to better meet our needs and enrich all of our lives and take us beyond the “I win you lose” scarcity models.
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
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 14, 2008

Key to a Bright Future

With the significant exception of broadband rollout, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's Speech from the Throne reads like a blast from the past.