Category Archives: Community building

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 […]
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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 […]
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Do you get the potential of local currencies?

Money is like blood for the body economic. It has to keep circulating for local economies to prosper. But what if that economic lifeblood is being drained away by national or international businesses? I spent Monday and Tuesday this week at an inspirational conference hosted by the Far North District Council (FNDC) – the governing […]
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The twilight of capitalism?

This post is about change – the fundamental change that we must master to transform our world. Why – because our current economic and political systems have pretty much reached their “use by” date. They are struggling to deliver the benefits they have previously generated in such abundance. Until we change the assumptions that support […]
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Five ways to collaborate online

Having effective ways to collaborate online enhances our ability to engage in a meaningful way. You have probably worked on a shared document with others by sending emails back and forth. This seems to still be the default way to collaborate, but it is less than ideal. It sometimes hard to identify the latest version […]
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Using social media for crisis management

This superb infographic from http://www.emergency-management-degree.org reveals the power of social media to help with crisis management. Note that Youtube has surpassed 1 billion unique monthly users.

Engagement and the Regeneration Roadmap

Engagement processes are at the leading edge of sustainability. The Regeneration Roadmap is an initiative of Globescan and SustainAbility aiming to achieve sustainable development within the next generation. Their focus is on the private sector to drive a lot of change.  This video features global thought leaders articulating the road to sustainability. As you watch, […]
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Engagement and community building – the White Dog Café

In 1983 Judy Wicks started the White Dog Café in Philadelphia. It has become an exemplar for a community-based enterprise. Where I live, community enterprise is slowly but surely being eroded as an increasing number of national or international chain stores supplant local stores. While this typically provides benefits such as cheaper goods the longer-term […]
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Social capital and good books

“Social capital… reflects the community skills that have co-evolved with individual skills. People working together generate webs of social capital”. So say Jessica Lipnack and Jeff Stamps in Virtual Teams. Social capital is built on rich social networks. It is a delicate thing. Social networks are forged from trust and as anyone who has suffered […]
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More reflections on blogging

I have been blogging now, consistently for most of this year. I am starting to see the fruits of my labour as the search engines seem now to have discovered my blog. Blogging as exploration and inquiry I have been a student for most of my life, completing my formal education just a few years […]
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