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 30, 2009

“Whole of locality DVDs” – innovative transdisciplinary collaborations

What do academic disciplines and institutions have to offer society on matters of concern to it? What tools does sociology have to reach an alerted, potentially-receptive, risk-focused public?
April 9, 2009

Co-creating local place

In her community-building work, Margreet Stonks made living in the locality an explicit, reflexive, ongoing process.
March 11, 2009

How to Make Life Spacious

Guest Blogger Mary Jaksch writes: "We speak of ‘using time’, ‘buying time’, ’saving time’, ’spending time’, or ’squandering time’ ... we seem to have much less time to do the things we need or want to do. This contributes to more stress at work, sleep deprivation, burnout, and less time for family and friends or recreational activities."
February 9, 2009

Waitangi Day 2009: towards new reconciliation and community development?

For a long time I have thought Maori have much to teach the rest of us (in Aotearoa/New Zealand and in general). Maori have had many generations living with each other and the environment, and have had to retain, adapt and develop their culture through tough colonial, post-colonial and now global times.
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 23, 2008

A time to pause: to celebrate, reflect and refresh

It has been Graduation Week at Canterbury University in Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand. It was a 21st Century experience of tradition – the regalia, the music, and ceremony – and a celebration of the value of university education itself.
December 20, 2008

Making Time for Village-Time

Taking time out from busy schedules for local village-time - time to discover shared local needs and aspirations and how to fulfill them - can be a major challenge.