Category Archives: leadership

Deborah Hill Cone: We should be boosting the arts in schools not bleeding them dry – NZ Herald

This I agree with. I’m listening to Lorde’s Pure Heroine and expecting to buy Melodrama today. Don’t tell me that studying arts is a waste of time. Supporting broad arts education as well as literacy and maths is critical and … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Jr., “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?” – YouTube

I have recently been listening to Martin Luther King, “What is Your Life’s Blueprint”. There is plenty here, in summary: We have worth, grab all opportunities to learn and grow, and be the best you can be. Please study this; … Continue reading

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10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings – Brain Pickings

I regularly enjoy and reflect on Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings.  She reviews all sorts or books and with helpful and useful comments.  Last night I watched the linked video:  it is magic.  It’s  a difficult time for me.  After years … Continue reading

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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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