Village Connections is a virtual forum for all who want a world of creative, inclusive and sustainable localities where all can meet their needs (material and aspirational). Your contribution is most welcome.
… any condemnatory or punitive actions against North Korea should be accompanied by constructive actions to reduce hostilities, build peace and lower the role of nuclear weapons within the region.
3rd March 2016 Invitation
New Zealand’s military re-alignment with the United States opens us to expectations that we would support the United States should major disputes or armed conflict build up between it and China (our biggest trading partner).
18th May 2015 Antipodean Blogger
“Diplomacy always has an important role to play if you ultimately want to find long-term solutions…” (Prime Minister John Key on Security Council role). Given the formidable list of difficult issues and recent cuts to ministry staff, how can the pool of expertise be extended?
18th November 2014 Antipodean Blogger
“How did New Zealand win 145 out of 193 votes for a UN Security Council seat? How can it network to make the most of the opportunity, even to create a permanent legacy?”
24th October 2014 Antipodean Blogger
The Five Eyes electronic network co-opts members to support NSA-spying on citizens and governments everywhere. New Zealand could do much better by everyone in a globally-networked world by….
5th October 2014 Antipodean Blogger
This is a spontaneous meeting space for Villagers - step onto the virtual Soap Box and share your top-of-brain notions and passions, opinions, knowledge or a story.
The brewing of ideas will help the whole Village to better understand itself and its possibilities.
It can also help generate everyday material and reality checks for academics and policymakers to collaborate in brokering robust solutions that the Villagers want.
When down a hole, it is essential to distinguish a shovel from a ladder – one gets you out, one digs you in deeper. So too, with society’s opinion- and decision-makers. You are invited to nominate any of them for a Ladder or Shovel Award, explaining to fellow Villagers why they should endorse your Award.see more →
Here the Antipodean Blogger draws on an eclectic mix of news and comment from around the world to clarify contexts which can support, or impede, people building local connections that enable them to better understand and (sustainably) fulfill their aspirations, both within their localities and in relation to the wider world beyond them.see more →
"The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves."
Feature Projects - See
The Unworthy Tree – a creative filmed story of a successful local development project
Trailer of “The Silent Connectors” – a film-based methodology for the local co-exploration of desirable futures
Christchurch's post-quake, bottom-up Peterborough Village project has some momentum.
Quotes to go with latest blog:
Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead
Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.
- Rollo May
The key to community is the acceptance, in fact the celebration of our individual and cultural differences. It is also the key to world peace.
- M. Scott Peck
- Robert MORRIS: Yes, I am in all favour of open debate and discussion. You are correct of course John. We do not have...
- VIllage Connections: Thanks, Robert. My prime interest is to see a new forum set up where multi-level conversations...
- Robert MORRIS: Yes, I like the idea conceptually. But, the New World Order isn’t really interested in harmony....
- VIllage Connections: Thanks for your comment Robert. The nuclear-free campaign involved a lot of grassroots, citizen...
- Robert MORRIS: This is the pedagogy of the oppressed by Paulo Freire. Great book how self education, and...