In this issue, we share three diverse examples of creatively engaging communities to encourage and inspire local voice, participation and contribution.
To cap off a busy year, our December newsletter tells how two West Coast communities, Ross and Kumara, are mining community gold, together. There are also reviews of recent seminars by Margaret Wheatley and Jim Diers
News items including; The Z Nail Gang; Neighbourly; Finding hidden treasures in Nelson and Inspiring Communities Plans.
The role of local communities in co-creating positive wellbeing is a powerful global trend. IBM has predicted that in five years, “local will beat online,” Forbes Magazine reported that the #1 hottest food trend in 2014 would be “locally sourced everything.” The ‘local’ trend was highlighted at the international Community Development conference held in Glasgow… Read more »
With the mid-winter Matariki stars now above us, many Kiwi communities are coming together to celebrate and plan for the year ahead. “Strengthening Neighbourhoods” is a key focus for Inspiring Communities and in this ‘neighbourhood focused’ issue we bring you inspiring community success stories from Southland and Masterton. Huge thanks to our local story tellers Gerry and Sandy! Our… Read more »
This Carl Sandburgh quote, painted by Peter Tunney in 2005, is the inspiration for this newsletter. Winter is a great time for reflecting on what’s working well and thinking about where there might be opportunities for change and action.
We have had a really enjoyable start to the year with some fantastic locally-grown events such as the Crowd-Grown Feast, Weed-dating, Neighbours Day and many more. It seems that the city is full of innovative and creative locally-led enterprise and so this newsletter celebrates a few of those. May 2014 Auckland Newsletter
Already there is a huge amount going with regard to locally led change and it is really fascinating to see just how much working in this way is about different strokes for different folks. So this issue celebrates some of the many different ways people are creating connecting spaces. Two of the articles are very… Read more »
As we focus on our country’s determined participation in the America’s Cup, it’s well worth reflecting on what enables our tiny nation to excel on the world stage.
Over time, our national participation rates in elections are declining, with under 50% of eligible citizens bothering to exercise this most basic right of citizenship in the 2010 local body elections.