Markets, morality, & the commodification of personhood and citizenship

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(If I wanted to describe this internal discussion in political terms, then I’d say I’m trying to take a social democratic approach in a (global & national) society that is increasingly individualistic and libertarian. However, the meanings of those terms are always changing – explicitly social democrat politicians haven’t won a seat since 1984 or …

In the Innovation Garden – Thoughts from the Transit of Venus Conference

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I spent last week out in Gisborne at the Transit of Venus conference, where the local community made us most welcome and we spent our days talking about how to turn NZ into the kind of smart, knowledge-intensive nation. Both the debate about innovation and the debate about sustainable farming had a strong parallel, in …

I’m on a ship

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Amongst other activities last week, I ended up having a two-hour trip from Tolaga Bay to Gisbourne on HMNZS Rotoiti, one of the Navy’s patrol boats. This being NZ, I asked “can I have a look around”, and they went “yup, go where you like, just don’t stick your hand in any rotating machinery”. And …

Long weekend pics post

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Our house is starting to be less of a thing we work on and more of a thing we work in. Still, there’s plenty to work on. We finished the landing above the stairs and the curtains in the spare room and then there was dancing. Or at least, stretching and plotting for dancing: