Category Archives: Communication and engagement

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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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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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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Materiality assessment at UPS

Materiality assessments are a way for organisations to identify what matters to stakeholders, thus creating  solid leads toward developing a sustainability plan. This is why engagement is the leading edge of sustainability – by engaging with our stakeholders and finding out what is important to them, we can shape strategy to be better aligned with […]
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