It has been a while since I did a word blog post, so here we go. This will ease my sense of guilt and hopefully get me back into the swing of things. I am getting an immense sense of achievement out of writing these days. This is mainly because the ability has eluded me somewhat since I stopped studying. I am enjoying Auckland at the moment during the RWC, and it is not because of the rugby, but actually because of the other things that it is doing to the city. For the first time since I have lived here, it feels like there is a sense of what can be. I suspect this is a combination of improvements made for the RWC and also Len Brown's vision starting to come through in things like the Auckland Plan and discussions going on all over the city. What happens when the RWC is over though, the elections are finished, and John Key and the National Party are not trying to impress the world? This is what makes me nervous. We have already seen shades of this with the waterfront party debacle when they very quickly moved blame everywhere else but them and take control. The National Government with their little toad Rodney Hyde created a one and powerful Auckland, they now need to stand back and let Auckland make its decisions and create its future.
I just read a fascinating article about a guy and his company based in Auckland's Symonds Street, who publish high end books in partnership with the likes of Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. He was also responsible for the MILK series, which was quite simply beautiful. I found it inspiring to read about what this guy does and what motivates him. It really was a refreshing read on a Sunday morning. Check out my Facebook to read the article.
I watched a few TED talks yesterday for the first time in a while. They were really refreshing. We really are surrounded by some many thinkers and people who stimulate the mind. If you have never watched a TED talk, I would urge you to do so. Just Google them and you will find the site. This and the publisher above, have got me excited once again about new media, social media, and the internet and what can be achieved in terms of knowledge sharing using them. I do find it frustrating that we see and hear lots about riots started using the power of the internet and instant chat technology, but seldom do we see articles about the beauty of people using them and creating and exchanging knowledge. Without wanting to sound like a zealot or a dreamer, the power is in our hands. The challenge for us is to find a way to be great, to matter, to leave a mark on those around us and humanity. To make our existence, not just a march from the cradle to the grave, with a bit of procreation added in along the way. Now maybe that is all you want, and if it is, then fine. But maybe it isn't, and if that is so, what are you doing about it?