How outrospective are you?

Outrospection is about shifting from introspection to a more external focus. Roman Krznaric labels the 20th Century as the Age of Introspection with the Freudian revolution popularising “the inward gaze, especially the idea of solving personal problems by delving into the inner, unconscious world of our childhood, dreams and forgotten memories”. [1] Do we spend… Continue reading How outrospective are you?

Redefining management for the 21st Century

Management texts do a brilliant job of categorising and detailing management thinkers – the people that have shepherded or at least recorded the impressive rise of industrialisation in the 20th Century. Industrialisation generated unprecedented material advances for us. The down side is the impact on the environment and the ossification of management practice. I have… Continue reading Redefining management for the 21st Century

Positioning the economy

The economy has a privileged place in contemporary life. Economic metrics are reported a little like the weather and any politician who wants to be elected has to bend the knee to the hegemony of economics. A healthy economy is typically prioritised over other aspirations. That is thinking for yesterday’s world. For most of our… Continue reading Positioning the economy

Teacher or midwife?

 “One of the only places operating largely as it did more than 50 years ago would be the local school.”[1] That was written in the early days of the Internet, and the pace of change is accelerating – is education keeping up? Otto Scharmer’s book Leading From the Emerging Future: From Ego-systems to Eco-Systems enable… Continue reading Teacher or midwife?

Growing vegetable and fruit consumption in Northland

My colleague Connie Atkinson and I have worked with Daniela Johnson and Ngaire Rae from Manaia PHO to develop a discussion document Growing Vegetable and Fruit Consumption in Northland. The document is prompted by the need to reverse the rising tide of diet-related interest. It is also motivated by the desire to support local fruit and… Continue reading Growing vegetable and fruit consumption in Northland

Fruit and vegetable bags for Northlanders

I am working on a distribution system for increasing fruit and vegetable production, supporting local growers and encouraging a local food movement. Here is a video to promote the idea. If you are a Northlander I’d love your feedback – or if you are from further afield and have some thoughts that might help, please… Continue reading Fruit and vegetable bags for Northlanders

Research Symposium @ MIT

No its not the Massachusetts MIT, its Manakau Institute of Technology in South Auckland. Mary Quin, Cheif Executive of Callaghan Innovation opened up providing an overview of the organisation’s mission to accelerate the development of technology companies in New Zealand. As a nation we remain exposed to our dependence on the booming dairy industry, but… Continue reading Research Symposium @ MIT

If we want a better world, we need to be heard

As I write this, we are still in the grips of a severe storm. I can’t recall experiencing such winds – strong enough to break concrete power poles!  Of course one weather event is not proof of climate change, but the evidence is lining up. The severe winds that have created damage in Northland (from… Continue reading If we want a better world, we need to be heard

Congratulations Tainui!

Waikato-Tainui’s asset base is now $1.1 billion. Since receiving its long-awaited $170 million Waitangi Treaty settlement in 1995, the iwi (tribe) has embarked on a range of enterprises to build wealth. (Turn on captions for this video segment from Te Karere for the English translation). There are still critics of the settlement process that follows… Continue reading Congratulations Tainui!

Gareth Morgan’s “kicking the can”

Gareth Morgan, economist, philanthropist, activist and entrepreneur doesn’t like the impact that sugar has on our health and suggests taxing sugar rich products, such as soft drinks. His book, Appetite for Destruction, provides compelling arguments for changing the environmental levers that make processed food ubiquitous, so that people are encouraged to eat more fresh fruit… Continue reading Gareth Morgan’s “kicking the can”