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#gopeaceable – vision of a global grassroots movement

 Imagine a day, not too far off, when each encounter you have is met with empathetic understanding.  The person who has mistakenly tail-ended your car, the phone company employee, the government official, the person whose view on vaccination differs from your own, each listen with care to what you have to say.  What if, for …

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WHY I NO LONGER SAY ‘WELL DONE’!

(A speech written to present at Toastmasters Kerikeri prior to the 2020 General Election.) E rangatira ma, e hoa ma, e manuhiri ma - Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.   It may be Level 2 but I’m on the campaign trail today - I’m here to explain 3 downsides to using praise and …

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#letsbepeaceable – a vision for a viral grassroots movement

 Imagine a day, not too far off, when each encounter you have is met with empathetic understanding.  The person who has mistakenly tail-ended your car, the phone company employee, the government official, the person whose view on vaccination differs from your own, each listen with care to what you have to say.  What if, for …

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PEACE TROLLING – using social media to build a global culture of peace and respect

Imagine by 2025 if across the world, people of every nation, every language, young and old, are online allies in a movement of non-violent engagement between people across every social media platform. Perhaps you, dear reader, will be one of a growing global 'army of Peace Trolls' , seeding social media the capacity to engage …

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Aaagh! ‘How is (absent loved one)?’

The first time, indeed the only time I have dyed my hair blue, I was a 39 year-old mother of 3 with an ailing husband.  Two months previously, Warwick’s diagnosis with an aggressive form of leukaemia had come as a shock: without treatment he has a month to live.  The seismic shift that understanding wrought …

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LETS NOT TALK ABOUT ‘THEM’

We've fallen into reliance on ‘them’, government and business, but as my previous blog outlined, we householders have significant power to create real change.  We seem to hang back, challenged by the loneliness of embarking on a journey such as  zero waste by ourselves. So, why not make it ‘easy as’ and a whole lot more fun …

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