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September 18, 2013

The goose that lays the golden eggs: recognising and looking after the gift that keeps on giving

One way of thinking about VAP is as community goose that creates endless golden eggs. What do I mean?
April 26, 2013

A trailer of “The Silent Connectors” – a film-based methodology for the local co-exploration of desirable futures

The filmed act problematizes development in a local area hit by global recession. Using film and interactive web, the methodology was developed to support people in their specific localities to create follow-on acts in which they uncover, together, what is going on and open up new possibilities for social and personal development.
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.
June 17, 2011

Ladder Award: Martin Nowak for his mathematical explanation of “Why we need each other to succeed”

How can climates of cooperation be sustained in the face of problems like competition which make otherwise ample resources scarce?
June 7, 2011

Visioning post-quake Christchurch via “ands” and narratives

Participatory narrative creation can provide a versatile tool for a city engaging in a hugely complex exercise of harmonizing and condensing endless fragments into meaningful wholes.
November 30, 2010

“Tangled balls of assumptions” by Richard Moore

“Unquestioned assumptions are the bedrock of the state. They are what transform advanced primates into a less-evolved herding species.”
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.
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.
May 16, 2010

From the CENTER for the STUDY of ART & COMMUNITY: What is your gift? Why is knowing your gift important? by Puanani Burgess

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.
May 6, 2010

Ladder Award: writer Colm Tóibín for helping us empathise with the experience of immigrants

A Ladder is awarded to Irish writer Colm Tóibín for a story which helps us empathise with the experience of immigrants.
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.
January 21, 2010

Feel free – to be trivial and timid

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.