A fortnight before last week’s ANZAC day anniversary of the fourth and bloodiest year of the First World War, the Doomsday Clock – maintained since 1947 and representing the likelihood of a man-made global castastrophe – was moved up to...

A hard-hitting United Nations report due out this week will highlight the devastating human rights impact of society’s tendency to view houses as financial commodities rather than homes for people. Leilani Farha, a UN special rapporteur for housing and human...
“You need to remove some of the politics sometimes and just think about humanity,” our prime minister Jacinda Ardern said in a headline article in the current edition of the Guardian Weekly.  She was talking to Guardian writer and editor...
Auckland Council collects $6.5 billion in revenues and the hurry-hurry adoption of legislation for a proposed regional fuel tax would add $1.506 billion. At the same time, its ratepayers support more than 11,000 employees.  Eleven hundred is the theoretical number...
Our most impressive modern-day inventor and SpaceX extrepreneur Elon Musk wants to colonise Mars. Donald Trump wants it to be within the timeframe of his presidency. Musk says it would be fun. The gravity is 37 percent of that of...
Earlier this year, I got my head above water long enough to fly out for San Francisco for a three-day conference on global transformation.  It wasn’t the feely-touchy version. Rather it was the sort of transformation that Mahatma Ghandi...
Biased is always something that someone else is being; language from the upset four-year-old who wailed “you’re always being mean to me” at an intractable parent and got to guilt their way out of some of the consequences. It’s a...
I am old enough to remember movie newsreel shorts of Dag Hammarskjöld, the United Nations’ second Secretary-General who died in what are now known to be controversial circumstances in a 1961 plane crash in Africa in the 1950s. The United...
Ten years ago, New Zealand was something of a poster child in the global thought leader organization that I’ve participated in and coached since the early 90s.  I was talking recently (at some weird hour of the morning) to a...
Although Jacinda Ardern has already given a sequence of powerful, constructive and generous-spirited speeches that have – for many of us at least – articulated a radically new culture in central government, it seems our media can barely get...
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