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Upcoming workshop: The role of ICT in transforming society through engaged communities

July 20, 2015


I’m very happy that this workshop will be held at ICT4S in September (see more info here) On the basis that sustainability problems are not amenable to single-point interventions (because they are both wicked and numerous), we need a step-change in how we approach ICT4S.  Rather than trying for separate interventions for every aspect, or for […]

Land Ethic for Don

March 12, 2012


Prompted by the funeral for forester and mountaineer Don Slocum who we farewelled today, I’ve been thinking about Leopold’s Land Ethic. In 1948 Aldo Leopold published the Sand County Almanac. In it he recognised that our ethics are derived from a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. […]

Community benefits as sustainability framework

July 25, 2010


In the second of two talks Professor Geoff Syme presented a social psychological approach to water allocation.  While many of us don’t have the extreme water allocation problems Australia does (he seriously described Australians as becoming environmental refugees),  the concepts have wider appeal. The key message is that rather than focussing on managing the allocation […]

Tools for navigating landscape of community action

May 12, 2009


In the early 90s I worked on the Otago Regional Council’s land and vegetation monitoring programme. One of the strategies we used was to closely involve the land managers in monitoring and analysis.  We hoped (and found) this would give greater credibility to the process and ownership of the results. The  involvement stemmed beyond labour […]

Dealing with the devil? Sponsorship ethics for LivingCampus

September 16, 2008


Our colleague Brian has a jacket for a favourite race-car team.   It has fascinated me since he got it.  What sort of negotiation went on that sees a smoking company and a quit-smoking company jostling for position on the same arm? Brian’s jacket has been on my mind the last couple of days following […]

Footprints and longfins

September 9, 2008


Last night we went to a talk by Metiria Turei about the dramatic collapse in New Zealand’s endemic eel population,  the longfin in particular.    Metiria showed an outstanding film by students from the   Science and Natural History filmmaking programme of the the Centre for Science Communication.    Lindsay Davidson and Melissa Salpietra’s Longfin (mp4 24mins) is a […]

Seeing the slightly dulled light in Opoho

September 2, 2008


When I was at school those who didn’t feel inclined to be at school could sneak off through the bush, slog up the hill and half an hour later turn up in Opoho. Logan Park is in a hollow and Opoho is renowned in Dunedin for its sunshine. Stuck in the gloom of Mr Tobin’s […]