Category Archives: Business

BBC – Capital – The compelling case for working a lot less

In New Zealand we, on average, work long hours; and we have major problems with depression, anxiety and suicide. But our economists worry that we are not productive enough. The conflicting ideas and values are clear. For me, looking toward … Continue reading

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Book Review: Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards

I have an embarrassing habit. I read self improvement books. Vanessa Van Edwards writes self improvement books ; actually she researches human behaviour and is an effective science communicator. She caught my eye when I was looking for short videos … Continue reading

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Finnish citizens given universal basic income report lower stress levels and greater incentive to work | The Independent

This is an interesting report on an Universal Basic Income programme in Finland. Initial results are promising, as the recipients can work part-time and start businesses without the disincentives of losing support often found with current social security benefits. Interestingly, … Continue reading

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Organizing for Creative People: How to Channel the Chaos of Creativity into Career Success. Sheila Chandra

I was taken by the Guardian Review of this book, bought the book and it is great. Sheila Chandra an international level singer writes on organizing for creative success. She clearly introduces her approach to managing a successful creative life. … Continue reading

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In lament of the NZ Farm – Pure Advantage

Toward a resilient and sustainable way of life in New Zealand we must diversify away from intensive agriculture.  Business as usual is an enormous risk.  Here is why. On the road to becoming the Detroit of agriculture. Colleague and Christchurch … Continue reading

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‘It’s not about your age, it’s about your ideas’: the teen power list

I think this article from the Guardian builds on my book review. Young people are amazing innovators. The best point here is that the areas of impact are across: science, art, media, culture, …. STEAM in all its glory. Wonderful; … Continue reading

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Book Review. Be a Changemaker: How to make something that matters. Laurie Ann Thompson

Be a Changemaker: How to make something that matters. Laurie Ann Thompson (2014). Simon Pulse: New York. This book is a primer for (social) entrepreneurs. Writing for a teen aged audience Laurie outlines the essential steps for someone seeking to … Continue reading

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Alternative Protein Startups Receive Boost from Investor Coalition Worth $1.25tn – AgFunderNews

I find this encouraging, and worrying.  At a time when New Zealand’s political leaders are determined to continue to support polluting and energy intensive farming others are leading toward alternatives.  This is just one example of developments. Encouraging, because a … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Girlboss: Elena Favilli, co-creator of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and Timbuktu Labs — #girlboss

I am looking forward to receiving my copy of “Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls”.  It has been published and will be on the way soon.  Here is the story of the woman behind the book. I have to add this … Continue reading

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The most beautiful libraries in America – in pictures

This is awesome and amazing and wow! Maybe I could spend my life visiting beautiful libraries. In any case;  I have a day off today, and it is wet and cold.  I think I will go to the library. After … Continue reading

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