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Small Group Action: Getting going

I need your help. I’ve been working for a bunch of years now on an idea to help us turn our feeling that things aren’t right into real action that has an impact on the world. It’s a toolkit that I call Small Group Action. It’s been used in workplaces and in classrooms and by […]

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Get Prepared 22 Feb

With the second anniversary of the big Christchurch quake about to arrive, I decided to do something a bit more organised than last year’s “check your prep kits everyone” messages. I’ve started a Facebook page (that feeds on to Twitter): Get Prepared 22 February. It makes Feb 22, the earthquake anniversary day, the day we […]

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Are you ready yet?

Me, three weeks ago: I’ll expect that disaster survival kits were hauled out and checked across the country this past weekend. We certainly checked out ours, and yes there are a few bits and pieces we could add to it. But human nature being what it is, as the earthquake recedes from memory, our impetus […]

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This is Kaibosh

My friends George and Robyn have been hard at work the last few years on starting a charity. I think it’s pretty amazing. They are behind Kaibosh, and what they do is collect surplus food from retailers (so it doesn’t get chucked into landfill) and deliver it to charities working with people who could do […]

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Taking Action: You. Now.

Happy New Year! Yeah, I know it is the eve of March. I’ve lost two months, and I’m figuring a lot of readers out there are much the same. January and February can be very demanding months in New Zealand. It can take a while to get settled into the new year. Are we settled […]

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SGA 6: Give It A Try

I started off by recommending that everyone out there go and see An Inconvenient Truth. I know I emerged from that film filled with concern and feeling the importance of action, of actually doing something instead of just thinking about it. I’ll wager a good portion of you reading this had exactly the same experience. […]

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SGA 5: To Do What, Exactly?

Okay, so in the previous four entries I’ve talked about how the most functional setup for action is small, short-term groups pursuing concrete outcomes. This leaves one great big question to be answered: what the heck can small, short-term groups actually achieve? Back in June I got some people together to brainstorm some answers. (A […]

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SGA 4: Concrete and Consensual

A lot of people care about their world. Relatively few do much about it. Small Group Action applies the principles of usability to this, laying out a ‘course of least resistance’ for turning caring into action. Step one is meeting with friends of yours who also care. This meeting may result in a Small Group. […]

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SGA 3: Action Of Commitment

We are busy people, leading busy lives. It’s hard for us to chunk out some time. We are, understandably, wary of making a commitment. But if we actually want to do anything, we have to make a commitment. First principle we get from this: long-term commitments are scary. Short-term commitments are not (as much). Therefore, […]

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SGA 2: The Power Of Groups

Applying usability principles to the problem of inaction had me thinking in some broad circles before I started getting somewhere with it. The main issue is where to apply these principles. You can’t just change the entire world to make it more usable. That’s ludicrous. (Well, you can, but such a change would require such […]

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