Category Archives: leadership

Book Review: The Age of Wonder Richard Holmes

The age of wonder: How the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science. Richard Holmes 2008. Pantheon Books, New York. This is a different direction for me. Biography is outside my normal reading and as such a possibility … 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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Can scientists agree on a definition of curiosity? — ScienceDaily

What a find for a Sunday afternoon.  Curiosity is one of my most important drivers.  Ultimately I earned my science degrees because I was curious and because learning is fun.  And clearly humans are successful, to a degree, because we … 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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Our obsession with the natural world isn’t about power – it’s about love

The link takes us to Jonathan Jones’s response to the latest exhibition at the Welcome Trust in London.  How do we view our companions on this earth?  How has this changed over time?  Is the relationship always about power;  like … Continue reading

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Demi Lovato Expertly Slams The Shame Surrounding Mental Illness | The Huffington Post

Let us remember and support the 20% of those struggling with depression, anxiety and other mental illness. Demi Lovato says, ““If you know someone or if you’re dealing with it yourself, just know that it is possible to live well,” … Continue reading

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Ji-Hae Park: The violin, and my dark night of the soul | TED Talk | TED.com

When I am tired and feeling down one thing I do is listen and play music.  Folk club is good too.  This TED talk is hopeful and beautiful. Please enjoy.

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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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How to Be an Optimal Human – Scientific American Blog Network

Scott Barry Kaufman writes in Scientific American, answering the question, “What does science tell us to move toward improved health and happiness?” I will be reflecting on these answers this week. Science-informed suggestions to help you have greater health, growth, and happiness. … Continue reading

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