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1 Social Science Brokering Between Academia Localities Policy Hazel Ashton BRCSS Post Doctoral Research Locally Grounded Civic Cosmopolitan Transdisciplinary Methodology In contexts of application

2 Social Futures for Aotearoa/New Zealand in a Global Era Post Doctoral Research: contexts of application Post Doctoral Research: contexts of application Theme: New wealth creation and distribution systems in a globalised context – linking also to: Theme: New wealth creation and distribution systems in a globalised context – linking also to: Sustainability of diverse households, communities and settlements Sustainability of diverse households, communities and settlements Building e-research networks in the social sciences. Building e-research networks in the social sciences.

3 Robust Policymaking for Wealth Creation/Distribution in a Global Era Blending vision & reality: Blending vision & reality: We need to “engage grass roots organisations and communities in debate about the kind of future we want for our country” (former PM Helen Clark Oct 2005) We need to “engage grass roots organisations and communities in debate about the kind of future we want for our country” (former PM Helen Clark Oct 2005) “The world has moved very quickly from the best of times to the worst of times” Minister of Finance, Bill English “The world has moved very quickly from the best of times to the worst of times” Minister of Finance, Bill English

4 The Old Ways are Not Working “British food-basket” a reality 1881-1973 “British food-basket” a reality 1881-1973 1973 Britain into EU and First Oil Crisis 1973 Britain into EU and First Oil Crisis 1973-2008 (“elephant in room”) “Borrow and Hope” 1973-2008 (“elephant in room”) “Borrow and Hope” Now “NZ is facing a perfect [global] storm” with $166 billion net debt (Don Brash, Feb 2009) Now “NZ is facing a perfect [global] storm” with $166 billion net debt (Don Brash, Feb 2009) 2009 “Asian food-basket” mantra 2009 “Asian food-basket” mantra No environmental limits? No environmental limits?

5 Top-down global screens and networking fragment national/local

6 Multicultural Fragments or Intercultural Opportunities?

7 When in a big hole shovels and ladders need to be distinguished A ladder gets us out, a shovel digs us deeper (village-connections.com) A ladder gets us out, a shovel digs us deeper (village-connections.com) New ideas needed – possibly including some “...the government hasn’t thought of, that we don’t really quite understand” (Bill English 27 Feb 09) New ideas needed – possibly including some “...the government hasn’t thought of, that we don’t really quite understand” (Bill English 27 Feb 09) Job and entrepreneurial summits Job and entrepreneurial summits Engaging localities? Creative (R Florida) and Weightless economies? Engaging localities? Creative (R Florida) and Weightless economies? Can social science help to differentiate ladders from shovels? Can social science help to differentiate ladders from shovels?

8 Methodology available as created and piloted in doctoral thesis Social science solutions brokering (transdisciplinary) via ground-up networking Social science solutions brokering (transdisciplinary) via ground-up networking Via screen interfaces for local-through-to-global communication/networking (= “civic cosmopolitan”) Via screen interfaces for local-through-to-global communication/networking (= “civic cosmopolitan”) = creating communicative networking nodes within and between locality policy and academia = creating communicative networking nodes within and between locality policy and academia

9 Web research/networking portal www.village-connections.com www.village-connections.com For “Village-Square” conversations between locality, academia and policy about co-creating places where local inhabitants identify local-through-to-global aspirational opportunities, obstacles and practical solutions For “Village-Square” conversations between locality, academia and policy about co-creating places where local inhabitants identify local-through-to-global aspirational opportunities, obstacles and practical solutions Village-connections Blogs: Soap Box, Brokering Solutions, Ladder and Shovel Awards, Theory Café Village-connections Blogs: Soap Box, Brokering Solutions, Ladder and Shovel Awards, Theory Café Information Pages: methodology, development, resources, events calendar Information Pages: methodology, development, resources, events calendar

10 Presentation @ Sussex University EU Social Theory Conference and interview @ Goldsmiths Showed DVD and discussed methodology Presentation on applying social science theory to social development 1. Social theory: from local fragmentation to civic cosmopolitan networking (Delanty). Paralleled in: 2. Narrative theory: reconfiguring discordant social heterogeneities in concordant narrative (Ricoeur) 3. Inclusive local film-making narratives of local aspirations, obstacles and practical attainment 4. Accessible to academia/policy on DVD

11 NZ in world via Cairo Context of application NZ to recognize opportunities and build connections: Peace brokering & high-level connection-building Peace brokering & high-level connection-building Also intercultural/Interfaith local- global communication building Also intercultural/Interfaith local- global communication building Can international students (e.g. big Saudi intakes) come into supportive locality and university nodes? Can international students (e.g. big Saudi intakes) come into supportive locality and university nodes? Met first secretary of NZ embassy, and Egypt Telecom head in Smart Village gave a personal tour Met first secretary of NZ embassy, and Egypt Telecom head in Smart Village gave a personal tour

12 Christchurch - Localities and university research/scoping NZ locality & university nodes to build national capacity Create locality, & university, F2f-&-ICT (web +) nodes Create locality, & university, F2f-&-ICT (web +) nodes 2 kinds of university node: 1. Campus local-cosmopolitan student networking 2. Social science-led nodes from (at least) locality-academia-policy networking Collaborative local-to-global networking: Locality, & university, collaborations - on international projects Locality, & university, collaborations - on international projects Including innovative & inclusive wealth creation and distribution Including innovative & inclusive wealth creation and distribution

13 Thanks to BRCSS Network For funding support to complete my PhD and for this Post Doctoral Award. For funding support to complete my PhD and for this Post Doctoral Award. To those with the vision to “foster innovative and new research” and to contribute “to the development of new and emerging researchers” and to encourage “networking via the Access Grid Nodes.” To those with the vision to “foster innovative and new research” and to contribute “to the development of new and emerging researchers” and to encourage “networking via the Access Grid Nodes.” To those whose energy has helped implement and sustain this vision. To those whose energy has helped implement and sustain this vision.


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