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Response to Kathryn Ryan’s interview about criminal rehabilitation through environmental projects (04/10).

Hi Kathryn,

The use of environmental projects to assist in criminal rehabilitation is an interesting one. Read the rest of this entry »

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Response to Kathryn Ryan’s discussion on negotiations (2 October)

Hello Kathryn,

Understanding negotiations to ‘form a government’ must take into account the deeper influences on the voting result or more surprizes (‘post truth’,’donald trump’) could confound you.  Read the rest of this entry »


Response to A.C. Stark’s post on the existential crisis of climate change

Right on the money, A.C.  (sort of a pun, perhaps?)  This ‘existential crisis’ which you describe is necessary to understand the politics of the day in New Zealand.  Read the rest of this entry »


Response to a Scoop discussion on concert venues

On a related topic, a small-ish indoor concert venue, primarily used by local arts groups (music, etc.), is missing from the current scene.  There are popular spots, such as St Andrews on the Terrace, known for its accoustic, which are too small for this niche.  We could use a public (council supported)  ‘medium-sized’ (300-500?) venue designed accoustically for music events.

Why do we think so much of large venues?  Sell more tickets?


response to Scoop / Congestion Free Wellington article

Still, most of the discussion here is about moving traffic faster.  This is the wrong priority and if that priority persists then the majority Hutt / Kapiti influence on Regional Council will pounce on more and more lanes and expressways and again Wellington City needs for mass transit (trolleys now and light rail later) will surely be out onto the back burner again.  Be warned; this is the ‘post truth era’, the former rationales are not the dominant form of thinking and pushing any more.


response to Scoop article on Wellington transport (10 July)

The elephant in the room as we are all aware, I suppose, is that the Hutt and Kapiti suburbs primarily look on Wellington CBD as an impediment to getting to the airport. Read the rest of this entry »


Continuing response to Brian Easton

Brian,

Yes psychology is involved, but your reference to a response being ‘unlocked’ is a good observation which should be a catalyst to look more broadly than psychology.  To understand the Trump, Brexit, etc phenomina requires a sociological look.  Individuals need to be understood in a sociological sense as well as a psychological sense.  This type of effect should be expected to be more prominant in times of fundamental change and fast change which we are in today.

I recently saw an academic role I’ve never heard of which may be useful for looking at this sociological, or cultural, angle:   sociocutural anthropologist

What do you think?