September 28, 2010

Local Place and its Co-Construction in the Global Network Society – Hazel Ashton’s concluding thesis chapter

Hazel Ashton writes: I submitted my doctoral thesis in 2008 and now, some two years later, have just re-read my conclusion. I think issues raised are still relevant and I'm hopeful that material can assist in conversations between communities, policy/decision makers and academia especially about new opportunities ...
September 23, 2010

Local and global village security: Iran-United States dialogue

A simple phone call might start talks on Iran’s nuclear program. Could non-threatening nuclear-free NZ check this out?
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 10, 2010

Earthquakes, Daffodils and Renewal

The occupant of this flat wouldn’t see her flowers. She had left. She had left me with her keys.
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.
August 11, 2010

Global economy – noticing there’s an elephant in the room

I’m hopeful that increasing awareness of the global economic crisis will stimulate an appreciation of the nature of the challenges. I see this awareness as a necessary prerequisite for effective transition to a more sustainable future.
July 29, 2010

Costs of modern violence at global and local levels

How sustainable is this form of modernity, beset as it is with economic and environmental crises?
July 14, 2010

New Local “Currency” Systems by Edward Goldsmith and Perry Walker

Is there a way of stimulating the economy which doesn't add to a nation's debt? Is there a way of meeting needs that doesn't cost the earth? Although published in 1995, this piece - with comments added by John Turmel - is well worth revisiting.
July 9, 2010

The Emergence of Localism by Richard K Moore

Localization activists have motivation and vision, however, according to Richard Moore, "none of these initiatives has found a way to escape from marginalism and really begin to have a significant effect on any community’s economy, or to move any community significantly closer to sustainability." He takes a closer look at localization initiatives in order to understand why.
July 5, 2010

Clare Cooper Marcus on “The Needs of Children in Contemporary Cities”

"I asked students to write what I call an 'environmental autobiography.' An important component of this exercise was to draw and describe their most fondly remembered childhood places..."
June 25, 2010

Janine Benyus – Recognizing What Works: A Conscious Emulation of Life’s Genius

You find that all life is locally attuned and adapted, that it is diverse and resilient, that it builds from the bottom up...
June 22, 2010

What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs – book review

Jane Jacobs, a well-known urbanist-activist and writer died in 2006. Now, four years later, a book What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs, a compilation of essays by 33 well known thinkers from around the world, has been published.