Seeds: Christchurch, New Zealand Interview with Steven Moe


Listen to Martin Large on “Common Wealth” from Seeds: Talking Purpose in Podcasts. https://itunes.apple.com/nz/podcast/seeds-talking-purpose/id1281908185?mt=2#episodeGuid=585386d61e1514366c61476037f2a712

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St Andrews On the Terrace, Wellington, NZ. ‘Shock Capitalism or Common Wealth?’ 10 October 2017 Talk

On Tuesday 10th October, I had the privilege of a Talk and Conversation on “Shock Capitalism or Common Wealth? Free, Equal, Earthcaring and Mutual: Rebalancing Society.” at St Andrews on teh Terrace , a leading Presbyterian Church at the heart of Wellington, quie near the Parliament Building and near the central bank.

It was a privilige, but daunting as well, as there were many really well informed, active participants from the Churches, the Friends Meeting  and people working locally.

 

Deirdre Kent gave me a copy of her great new book, The Big Shift (2017)(https://goo.gl/SvhJFh

She is rethinking money, tax, welfare and governance for the next economic system, given that we need to make a Big Shift in our thinking and action…..and that we are facing only a temporary respite from the GFC, and economists like Steve Keen who predicted 2007-8 are saying perhaps next year…

Here is an audio of the talk..

Huxhams Cross Farm : from Maize/Barley desert to fertile market garden in process….social threefolding in action…


Mark O’Connel showed Mark, Rachel and myself round Huxhams Cross Farm on November 3rd, showing us the chickens, two cows, new barn and the market garden’s polytunnels. The transformation of soil quality from a barkley/maize desert to good soil through biodynamic and permacultural activation by Bob Mayhew and Marina O’Connel was dramatic. Marina showed me her samples of the original soil. I also held up the two soil samples to the Social Renewal : Beyond Crisis Conference at Dartington on Saturday 4th to demonstrate what change is possible when we care for the earth, build a regenerative circular economy, secure rights to affordable land through the Biodynamic Land Trust and co-create a new food culture.  This was a good example of social threefolding in action, adding earthcare of course..

Cultivate Christchurch -Bailey Peryman and the Red Zone

Bailey Peryman and Margaret Jefferies introduced me on 22 October to Cultivate Christchurch’s market gardening work with young people….helping Christchurch feed itself. Bailey described the 1000 or so acre Red Zone in the middle of the city, which was leveled by the 2011 earthquake, and which went liquid. Unsuitable for building on, the Red Zone would be ideal for food growing,  parks and for social and cultural facilities. Yet in 7 years, no decisions have been made….so the community and civil society might take the initiative? Have a look at Bailey’s short video about his work, and also his podcast on Steven Moe’s itunes site below….

Facebook: CultivateChristchurch

www.cultivate.org.nz

Short video about Cultivate Christchurch

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Motueka Rudolf Steiner Farm School, New Zealand

‘The Motueka Rudolf Steiner School’s visionary plan for their regenerative farm based  school offers a golden opportunity for the  local community to invest in this ‘cathedral project’ as a national, if not global,  educational exemplar. This leading edge  school will help children develop the resilience, creativity, leadership and practical know how which are sorely needed to build a more prosperous, earthcaring and convivial world.’ Martin Large,

Peter Garlick of Motueka School writes that, ‘ Martin is a publisher, community land trust enabler for housing and farms, and  founder of Hawthorn Press.  Martin is in New Zealand on a lecture and study tour from Britain. He gave a public talk in Nelson and visited the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School and learned about the new farm school project. ‘

Martin’s talk in Nelson was titled “Shock Capitalism or Commonwealth”.   He spoke about commercialism and the economic sphere and how it had captured the political and cultural spheres of society.  Education, government and cultural life needed independence to flourish.  Martin cataloged many problems in the cultural and political spheres that arose after neo-liberalism and market forces gained dominance.

Martin stated that the Market State has proved good for the few and bad for the many, and asked how do we transition to something better.  “These are burning questions we all must face, if are to leave a more equal, free, prosperous, and earth caring world for those who come after us.”  Martin’s next book, Free, Equal and Mutual is due out in December 2017.

Martin advocates for people to take back power and put strategic assets such as productive land into community ownership.  He promotes Land Trusts, organic farming, co-housing and social business.  He engaged the audience in his talk and identified local issues and encouraged other people in the room to get involved and help.

http://www.motuekasteinerschool.nz/contact-us/

Building a People’s Agenda for Aotearoa

ActionStation are organising thousands of New Zealanders to come together for conversations about the future of Aotearoa over kai (food).

This process might work for the UK for a vision we need to build as an alternative to walking off the Brexit cliff?

We believe in working together to create what we cannot achieve alone: a society, economy and democracy that works for all of us – everyday people and the planet we love.

ActionStation is a place for people of all backgrounds to come together independent of party politics and the other labels that divide us. We’re excited to invite you to take a seat at the table for a conversation about our shared future.

From June – September, thousands of New Zealanders will gather together for Kai & Kōrero events. Over food we’ll discuss some of the big questions and dive deep into the dreams, aspirations and challenges facing New Zealand.

You can host a Kai & Kōrero with friends and whānau, or you can host a Kai & Kōrero with strangers and acquaintances – it’s totally up to you!

We believe meaningful conversation over food can spark real and lasting change. As much as possible, we’re encouraging people to come together over dinner, but your Kai & Kōrero event could be as a simple as a cup of tea and a biscuit, or hot chips and a beer in a pub.

If you don’t want to cook, but you still want to host, you can also organise for your Kai & Kōrero meal to be held at your favourite café, restaurant or pub. You can host it in your workplace over a morning tea, or as part of a Church or marae group gathering.

While food is a critical element in making people feel comfortable, it’s the conversation that matters most.

After your Kai & Kōrero event, we will gather the insights from these conversations with a quick post-event survey of all attendees. This will form the basis for to create a People’s Agenda for Aotearoa, combining our shared values and vision for this country with clear policies and actions that will get us there.

Kai and Korero Process: https://kaiandkorero.com/

Host guide : ActionStation: http://www.actionstation.org.nz/

 

Parihaka, New Zealand: Celebrating Nonviolence on November 5th, not Guy Fawkes!

20171009_202214On  October 10th  I demonstrated with many others at Wellington NZ’z West Pac, ‘Cake Tin’  stadium against a big Arms Fair, meeting a Maori gardener from Parihaka village, where in 1881 villagers used nonviolent resistance against soldiers imposing a land grab. Coincidentally, I’d also met Doris Zuur who had given me a delicious wholemeal loaf of  bread, who told me how the Parihaka villagers had greeted the soldiers with gifts of 500 loaves, and the children had given flowers. She wanted to create an alternative 5 November Festival.
Doris said that the inspiration for Parihaka came mostly from those two sources
and it resulted in our “Bread baking festival of Sharing”, see here

Her current main project is to ponder over holistic adult education, as an individual self created/self responsible life long learning journey that is well supported in community, as describe here:

https://medium.com/@doriszuur/learning-through-experience-f9751bd04d6f

Toru Education is all very small and simple, see ww.toru.nz. and she likes it that way. If there is a way that it wants to grow in a truly sustainable way, she will let it grow and if it wants to stay small and simple, that is also fine with her.
A green shoot from New Zealand!