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July 2018 Newsletter

'Be the change' - locally and globally

The power of local action to inspire global change is increasingly clear to me now. Many global corporate clients over the years have expressed the desire to ‘do something in their own back yard’. Here in Auckland, I’ve begun facilitating community groups on Waiheke Island, in Puketapapa (Mt Roskill) and at Muriwai beach, helping them follow their passions and extend their impact.

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Property rights and corruption issues

One action, taken by a group of Hong Kong lawyers and support staff, was researching and reporting on how corruption has been tackled nationally in Hong Kong, Singapore and China. Now that that report has been completed, we need your help to mirror this research in three former British jurisdictions in Africa (Ghana, Kenya and South Africa). We’re also looking at property rights issues in these six countries. If you have expertise or time and a willingness to help, even simply by Googling at your computer, please let me know. These are big issues; we need your help.

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Indigenous rights in Aotearoa

I am struck by the prevalence of indigenous rights issues I’ve seen embedded in empowerment projects across the world. In addition, many indigenous groups look with admiration at the treaty signed in 1840 between Europeans and Maori (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) here in Aotearoa (New Zealand). I returned from Hong Kong and then, over the last year, relocated to Auckland, keen to get a sense of how our Maori/Pakeha relationship is developing, here in my Kiwi homeland. Commemoration of the treaty signing is marked each year on 6th February, and it was moving to be on the Treaty Grounds on Waitangi Day this year to hear our Prime Minister ushering in a new era. I was also privileged to experience first-hand the incredible vision and generous spirit of Tuhoe (a leading Maori tribe) during their four-day Te Ohu (the working bee) in the Te Urewera rainforest earlier this year.

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 'Be the change' - locally and globally

The power of local action to inspire global change is increasingly clear to me now. Many global corporate clients over the years have expressed the desire to ‘do something in their own back yard’. Here in Auckland, I’ve begun facilitating community groups on Waiheke Island, in Puketapapa (Mt Roskill) and at Muriwai beach, helping them follow their passions and extend their impact.

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What would help you?

How can I best help you – to paraphrase Gandhi – to ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’? Click reply and drop me a one-liner. I’m coming to see Gandhi’s wisdom afresh: we really can make a difference, both as individuals and, as Margaret Mead said, ‘as a small group of committed individuals.’

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Power, control ... and our decisions to act

Recently I’ve read C Wright Mill’s ‘The Power Elite’ and Tony Simpson’s ‘Vision Betrayed’, which give fascinating commentary on the deeper workings of society, locally and globally. I’m also continuing post-graduate group-facilitation training here in Auckland, to help ever more people like you and me to be the best we can be in the world.

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