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#gopeaceable – my vision for 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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PARA KORE: An Alternative Voice for a Zero Waste World

I sometimes forget how extensive my knowledge is on rubbish! Like childbirth, I guess the hard work and times of pain completing my Masters Research project as an adult student 2 years ago are soon forgotten! I feel so blessed to have been an adult student, able to focus many hours of work and interviews …

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Universal Basic Income – get the facts right

Dear Editor (letter to New Zealand Herald 1 May 2020) While Mathew Hooten’s recent article purports to be an overview of the concept of Universal Basic Income, it is factually incorrect.  These untruths distort the picture and devalue the concept.   Hooten’s statement that UBI ‘ would need to be set somewhere just below the current …

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 Post-Covid 19 :‘REPLAY’ or ‘RESET’ ?

  Ko Ranginui e tū iho nei Ko Papatūānuku e takoto nei ( From a speech first prepared for Toastmasters meeting online 2 April 2020).   Perhaps like many of you, I’ve been thinking this week of what New Zealand could look like post-lockdown.   I’m sure we all heard the British Prime Minister talking about ‘Jenny …

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