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Organisational effectiveness

The power of collective intelligence

Last week I participated in The Art of Facilitation, a training run by Zenergy Global. The course is based on an approach developed by Dr Dale Hunter, a world renowned voice in the field of facilitation and the psychology of groups. She’s written several books on the topic, including The Art of Facilitation which is […]

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Campaigning

People-power, evaluations and Bowie – my year in summary

Last weekend I was asked to speak to graduates of Campaign Bootcamp NZ. The young campaigners had completed the one week programme last September. They were coming together again to brush up their skills and to share what they’d done since the training. I spoke to them about  what I’d been working on and thinking about […]

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Campaigning

Sharing lessons from people power

I’ve just finished a project with Greenpeace New Zealand (GPNZ) which combined two of my current obsessions – people-powered campaigning and good organisational learning. GPNZ asked me to evaluate a mass civil disobedience at an oil industry event. The action, called for by Greenpeace, had been the first time the office had invited  members of […]

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Campaigning

How to be a resilient campaigner

A couple of weeks ago I was in the midst of a number of personal stresses. House-hunting, work-piling up and a sick child unexpectedly in hospital left me feeling somewhat overwhelmed. At the end of one particularly long day, I commented to a friend that I felt like I’d used up my last drop of […]

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Campaigning

TPPA No Way!

This afternoon I joined protests against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The biggest trade deal in history is being signed in Auckland today by its 12 members from across the Pacific region. Naomi Klein, in her book This Changes Everything, says that indigenous communities are on the forefront of the battles against climate change […]

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Climate change

How I fell in love with an electric bike

The world of e-bikes is a fast growing one with international courier companies and the super rich yachting set amongst their fans. In China e-bike use has gone from virtually zero in 2005 to an estimated 230 million this year. This represents the largest adoption of an alternative fuel technology in the history of motorisation.  In […]

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