This Bill would extend the sanction regime to people on benefits who have a community sentence and who fail to comply with that sentence.
I note that section 186 does not give those people already on community sentences a grace period before this sanction can be applied to them.
This Bill highlights failures in the New Zealand justice system and does not address the underlying causes of non-compliance with community sentences.
A very concerning part of this Bill is that it would negatively affect children. If the Ministry of Social Development knows a child is dependent on the person whose benefit they propose to cut, the benefit can still be cut, but “only” by half. On the levels that benefits currently are, cutting a benefit in half will still be devastating for a family, and for the welfare of a child.
A person’s benefit can be restarted if they start to comply with the community sentence, but it’s unclear how they will be able to comply with their sentence if they have no money for transport. They might also not have money for food, rent, power or health costs – things that we recognise as minimal entitlements of prisoners. This Bill might push vulnerable people to committing petty crime in order to survive.
Our social security legislation should be a safety net. This Bill will further erode that. It will not make a positive difference to people or to society. It will not “rescue” people from their situation. It will not rehabilitate them. It will not increase public safety.
The Department of Corrections should be given more resources to take practical steps to address non-compliance. This Bill is not one of them.
Last month the member’s bill of Nuk Korako, a National Party list MP, was drawn from the ballot. The Airport Authorities (Publicising Lost Property Sales) Amendment Bill will replace, in relation to the advertisement of lost property auctions: “the insertion of suitable advertisements in a newspaper circulating in the district where the airport is situated” with “publicising the sale in what the authority considers to be a fair and reasonable manner”.
The Bill is unnecessary
The explanatory note to the Bill says that it “would allow authorities to use modern means of communication as well as future, unforeseen, means of communications as the airport authority may determine fit.” This isn’t true. The current Airport Authorities Act does not restrict airports from advertising any auction in new media. If airports wanted to advertise their auctions on their website, Facebook, or Snapchat, there would be nothing stopping them.
The Airport Authorities Act only provides a suggested template for what airports may wish to include in any bylaws they create. The Act states:
any local authority or airport authority may, in respect of the airport which it operates, make such bylaws as it thinks fit for all or any of the following purposes:
(ff) providing for the establishing and maintaining of facilities at the airport for the reception and storage of lost property, and, after the insertion of suitable advertisements in a newspaper circulating in the district where the airport is situated, providing for the sale by way of auction of any such property that is unclaimed after being held by the authority for not less than 3 months:
provided that in the case of lost property which is perishable or valueless the bylaws may provide for the disposal of the property in such manner as may be determined by the authority
It follows that if an airport does have a clause requiring the advertising of a lost property auction in a local newspaper, for example, Auckland International Airport, amending the Airport Authorities Act will not change that bylaw. The airport would have to have the bylaw changed, which could happen even if Mr Korako’s Bill does not pass.
Airport lost property auctions are rare and advertising them is free
I asked eight airports how much money they spent on advertisements for lost property auctions within the last year. Of the six that replied, only one airport, Dunedin Airport, has held an auction and placed an advertisement for it in the last year. The cost to them? $0. The Otago Daily Times doesn’t charge them.
The responses from the airports are below this post.
Queenstown Airport has a bylaw that covers lost property, however it has not held an auction within the last year, instead it has donated property to the Salvation Army. The property was not of significant value and included: second-hand clothing, sunglasses, reading glasses and books.
Dunedin Airport is the only airport that replied that has placed an advertisement for a lost property auction within the last year. They are not charged for placing the advertisements, which run in the Otago Daily Times.
Their policy is to advertise lost property twice in the Otago Daily Times with all property being held for at least three months before being auctioned. Any remaining property is donated to charity. Any valuable item or identity documents are handed to the airport police
Hokitika Airport has not received any lost property since 2002. They have no written policy on lost property. In practice, any lost property is handed to Air New Zealand staff as it likely belongs to one of their passengers or someone accompanying one of their passengers and Hokitika Airport staff are not present at the airport on a regular basis.
On 18 August the Department of Internal Affairs proactively released Ministerial credit card statements and reconciliations for the previous quarter.
Peter Dunne, Minister of Internal Affairs, made two payments on his Ministerial credit card in April while on official travel in New York through the payment processor Square. Square is a service designed for individuals or businesses to accept payments through an application on a phone or tablet. The payments were for the equivalent of NZD $137.56 and $152.69.
PHARMAC currently funds the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for all girls under 20. The intention is that through ‘herd immunity’, males will be protected too. However, herd immunity does not help males who exclusively have sex with other males (and herd immunity doesn’t kick in for males at all until female vaccination rates are above a certain percentage).
The Ministry of Health’s Immunisation Handbook even recommends the HPV vaccine (and the Hepatitis A vaccine) for men who have sex with men (MSM). MSM are at higher risk for HPV infection, anal cancer and high-grade anal intraepithelial neoplasia. They are more likely to acquire HPV compared to other males. But they’d need to pay around $500 to buy the vaccine’s three doses themselves.
The application’s status is now ‘ranked’, which PHARMAC describes as “prioritised; PHARMAC has assessed the application and has ranked it against other funding options”. It has had this status since November 2013, well over two years.
It is preferable to vaccinate people at a younger age to reduce the chances of exposure to HPV strains prior to vaccination–the younger people are vaccinated, the stronger the immunogenicity. PHARMAC sitting on this means that for some people the vaccine will be less effective when it is eventually funded than if they received it today.
Below: PHARMAC’s response to an Official Information Act request on this topic. The funding of medicines is a numbers game so naturally all mentions of relevant dollar figures have been redacted by the agency.
In the interests of full disclosure, I filed a Human Rights Commission complaint about this issue last year.
Providing awesome customer service to buyers on Trade Me involves being super responsive. One way to help with this is to set up a text that’s sent to you by your bank when a buyer pays you so you know you can ship an item. Follow the two easy steps below to do that – they should work with all banks.
1) Set up a separate bank account for Trade Me payments to go into.
You should be able to do this through your bank’s online banking.
Keep in mind you don’t have control over how money is deposited into your account and in-branch or manual deposits might cost you – consider using an online savings account to avoid fees. Generally banks will stop buyers from depositing to online savings accounts in a branch, and electronic deposits are free.
Giving out your main account to Trade Me buyers might mean you’re charged transaction fees if they deposit at a branch.
2) Set up a text alert through online banking.
Set up a text to be sent to you when your balance goes over $0 on this account or a deposit is made to it that’s greater than $1.
Text alerts are generally free, but a minority of banks charge per text sent to you. As an alternative, email alerts are almost always free.
2.1) Reset the alert.
If your alert relies on a balance increase, transfer the money out of the Trade Me account after you’ve received it.
This post contains personal opinions and advice of a general nature which are not intended to reflect the position of any organisation I am related to. No responsibility is taken for any loss suffered by following it.
The Christchurch City Council is reviewing its district plan, and we live in/near an area that might be subject to rezoning. The Christchurch City Council, like they’re supposed to, is consulting with residents. They’ve sent out information about the proposed zoning changes to ratepayers who might be affected. All good so far.
Except it seems a bit more like an exercise in looking like they’ve consulted with the public. Let me explain.
1) Send 12 jargon-filled A4 pages which say a lot without saying much
I’d argue that a lot of people in Christchurch don’t want to voluntarily deal with more bureaucracy than they need to (think EQC and their insurance company). Because of that a balance needs to occur between sending sufficient information and that information being clear and concise (to avoid as many people as possible putting your mail in the ‘I don’t really care or have time for this’ pile). I’d tentatively argue that including the Draft Residential Chapter (pdf), Draft Commercial Chapter (pdf), and District Plan Review (pdf) information sheets in these mail outs resulted in information overload for many people who would have been better served by simply being sent the smaller (i.e. double-sided A4 sheet), easier to read and more relevant What’s Happening In Your Area sheet. When the actual draft chapters are hundred of pages clear and concise summary information sheets do need to be available, whether they’re mailed out or not.
Some of the information included seems like it’s been copy and pasted from internal material with a very different target audience. Three sentences into the main body of the information booklet Draft Residential Chapter the words “density” and “greenfield” are introduced, both without being defined. Other gems include “housing intensification”, “medium density housing” (defined on the very last page of the booklet), and “city-wide intensification mechanisms”. The “city-wide intensification mechanisms” enable “quick gains”. To the Council’s credit examples are given for what “quick gains” are. “Civic park”, “heritage park”, and “green corridor” are less egregious examples from another information sheet.
2) Schedule all of your public meetings for 5:30pm on a weekday
Include so little but so much information in step one that for anyone to properly understand it in order to make an informed submission they’d have to read a lot more information or attend a consultation meeting (or both). Schedule all but one of your public consultation meetings (pdf) for 5:30pm-7:30pm on weekdays. Ignore the fact that residents might still be struggling to navigate the road works on their way home from work at this time, or might be having dinner, or might be putting young children to bed. Get bonus points for sending letters out that are advertising some of these meetings eight days before those meetings are scheduled.
3) Make it hard to find things on your website
What’s your number? To have a look at the district plan review zone map you need to guess which section of a tiny map your house is in. It took me a few tries to find our house, but perhaps that’s my poor sense of direction. Or maybe the City Council could, you know, label areas with names, or let you search by street.
4) If huge, potentially controversial changes are being proposed, ensure the diagrams “explaining” them are really confusing
People like things being explained with pictures and diagrams. They might even skip reading altogether and just look at the diagrams. That makes the diagrams that are used pretty important.
In the area of Halswell (pdf) the City Council wants to introduce a commercial centre, quite possibly one of the most controversial things you can do in a suburban area.
“A draft option is to develop a commercial centre on Halswell Road. The area highlighted on the map indicates the area within which the commercial centre could be located. … It is anticipated that this centre would occupy up to 15 hectares of land when it is fully developed.”
Halswell. Let’s play a game called ‘find my house’. Does that tiny road say Halswell Road along it? Isn’t there a subdivision in that blank gap in the top-left corner now? Why are proposed roads squiggly arrow lines? What is a blue and a green network? By ‘proposed key activity centre’ do they mean ‘commercial centre’? (Yes. Yes they do.) Who really knows? It sure looks like the City Council doesn’t want anyone to work out what’s going on.
It’s also interesting to note that Halswell’s public meeting was on February 27, but there’s no news coverage of it or the proposed changes in general. What’s confusing to the public is confusing to the media too.
Hi. I was at TEDxChristchurch today. If you couldn’t make it, The Press was live streaming the day on their website, and videos will be up on TEDxChristchurch’s website soon. Coming to TEDx each year is like watching a child grow up because the quality of the event gets better every year – like design of the slides introducing speakers, audience participation methods, and the name tag/programme.
Here’s why you need to watch the videos of the talks when they go online… (And also because I’ve missed bits, I’ve misinterpreted and I’ve probably misquoted a little.)
Air New Zealand is a quality brand. I like their in-flight snacks, don’t mind paying slightly more for their reputation of reliability compared to their domestic route competitor JetStar, and I appreciate their creative safety videos and the fact they are slightly more interesting to watch multiple times.
Then there is POLi. POLi sounds friendly.
If you can use POLi, it saves you from Air New Zealand’s excessive credit card surcharge fees by letting you use a bank transfer to pay for flights. You can’t use it if you’re in New Zealand and have a Mac. This rules me out. Apparently the Australian POLi now works with Macs fine.
Interestingly, Air New Zealand isn’t even listed in that Stuff article, even though they’re likely the biggest company using POLi in New Zealand, and are featured on POLi’s website.
Providing your log in details to a third party will be in violation of the internet banking terms and conditions you’ve agreed to, and potentially opens you up to being liable for losses.
There is the possibility of an additional motive going on here: banks sell credit and debit cards, and those cards make them money. POLi is quite an attractive alternative because it saves you something like $8 on a return domestic flight.
Air New Zealand’s Surcharging
This surcharging is extortive, misleading, and unlike airplanes that come on time, Peter Jackson spoofs, and free-but-not-really-free cookies, doesn’t endear Air New Zealand to me. Especially on domestic flights.
It’s presented as a transaction charge to recover costs (“Air New Zealand needs to recover this cost”), but it gets charged multiple times in the same card transaction. When I pointed this out to Air New Zealand they ignored me.
Air New Zealand pay something to accept credit cards, but that is not $4 per person flying, per direction they are flying. Instead of passing on the percentage they are actually charged, which Bernard Hickey’s industry experts say would be less than 1%, they charge a fixed fee multiple times in the same card transaction.
A group booking shows how ridiculous this gets. I once flew with a dozen or so people, and each person was charged $4 there, and $4 back, even though the flights were booked over just two transactions. To their credit Air New Zealand refunded close to $100 of fees after I called them.
Air New Zealand even issued a press release in 2008 chastising Pacific Blue for, among other things, their $4 per sector card surcharge because Pacific Blue offered no alternative payment. Kind of like what Air New Zealand does to Mac users. Or what they do to anyone following the advice of banks. (I’m ignoring Airpoints and Travelcard as payment methods because they aren’t accessible forms of payment for a lot of people.)
The ComCom have “investigated” the matter, concluding that the “card payment fee is used to recover all of the direct and indirect costs associated with credit cards payments.” The key word here being indirect, I think.
To be fair to Air New Zealand, JetStar charges $5 per flight for card transactions, but let’s be honest, JetStar are a hot mess, and Australian, and you shouldn’t be booking with them anyway.
Either way, it’s interesting to see these surcharges creep up over time, for cost recovery purposes, I’m sure. Are the airlines poor negotiators when it comes to their merchant agreements? I wouldn’t think so.
The two sides of the abortion debate in America literally face one another in this documentary from filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady.
In Fort Pierce, Florida, a women’s heath care center is located at the corner of 12th and Delaware. On the same corner, across the street, is another women’s heath care center.
However, the two centers are not in the same business; one provides abortions along with a variety of other health services, while the other primarily offers counseling to women considering abortion, urging them to keep their babies.
In 12th and Delaware, Ewing and Grady offer a look inside both offices, as pro-life counselors give women a mixture of concern and disinformation about terminating their pregnancies and the pro-choice medical staff struggles to work under the frequent threat of violence against them.
The film also examines the handful of protesters who stand outside the abortion clinic, confronting both patients and staff as they enter and exit. (via)
In Florida there are two street corners, both 12th & Delaware. An abortion clinic, run by a husband and wife, and an anti-abortion crisis pregnancy care center, run by Father Tom sit across the street from each other.
“We still get women coming in who think they’re going there [to the abortion clinic].”
Women aren’t sure which one they’re calling or visiting. The pregnancy care center does nothing to clarify that they don’t actually offer abortions. What they do offer is “counseling” to actively try to persuade women from choosing abortion, graphic photographs, free ultrasounds (with ‘HI DADDY!’ typed in the corner of the print out), models of fetuses, DVDs of anti-abortion propaganda playing in the waiting room, flip books of the abortion process, graphic DVDs of the procedure, and brochures stating that abortion causes breast cancer.
The abortion clinic claims the pregnancy care center gives incorrect information to women–among spreading myths about abortion and medical disinformation, they say the center tells women they are earlier in their pregnancy than they actually are, so if they think they have a few weeks to make a decision and then decide to have an abortion they either won’t be able to get an one or will have to travel to another state to get one.
Choice quotes from one of the crisis pregnancy center counselors
“She had an abortion in December. She might do it again.”
[to ultrasound technician (likely the only person in the building with any sort of medical training)] “Maybe we can get a heartbeat.”
”Yus, yus, yus, two [“saved”] in one day.”
The efforts the pregnancy counselors go to push their agenda have no bounds
A woman comes in. She already has two kids. She says she wants what is best for herself and the children she already has. Her position is entirely understandable.
The counselor goes to her office and sends an email out to a prayer mailing list: “Please pray for Victoria, she is in our counseling room at this very moment, and her only option is abortion…”
She buys McDonald’s for the woman, thinking that if the woman leaves before having an ultrasound that she might “lose her”. They eat together.
She tells the woman that her verbally abusive partner might change if she has this baby.
“I’m gonna step outside and make a phone call.”
“[on phone] Man this bitch is getting on my fucking nerve.”
The crew follow-up with a 15-year-old who was convinced she should continue with her pregnancy by the care center. She tells the crew that she tried to end the pregnancy herself. She hopes that everything will turn out alright.
The protestors and the doctors
The same counselor from above makes her way across the street to talk to the protesters. They’re friends. She shares news from an anti-abortion website.
She comes out a second time after the police are called and defends the protesters’ use of graphic signs.
The doctors who perform abortions are picked up by the clinic owner, and, with a sheet covering their heads, are taken into the clinic’s closed garage to protect their identities.
“I’ve discovered, thanks through God that I know where the owner of the abortion clinic meets the abortionists.”
One of the protesters from outside the abortion clinic leads the documentary crew to a Wal-Mart parking lot. He’s found where the doctors and clinic owner meet and swap cars. He, as well as others try to find out names and addresses of the abortion doctors. They want to out the doctors, using methods like displaying their photo on billboards; and visiting their homes, churches, and workplaces, to deter them from performing abortions.
The abortion clinic
“I just wanna make sure that this is definitely what you need to do, not want to do, nobody ever wants to do this… It’s your decision only.”
In strong contrast with the pregnancy care center, the abortion clinic is truly about choice.
“Yeah… they got a replacement and that doctor was killed too.”
The main fear is that they will lose their doctors. Their abortionists are in their 50s and 60s. “Where is the next doctor coming from” if a doctor retires or is outed?
Watch an interview with the co-directors of the documentary, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady.
Tom Hooper – CEO, Canterbury Development Corporation
The Kiwi mantra of ‘give it a go’ is far more valuable than we give it credit. Christchurch might not be attractive to the risk-adverse at the moment, but that’s alright. The job right now is to attract and retain young people, and make sure that talented young people are going to want to come here.
Vibeke Linde-Strandby – Architect
“Thinking like a designer can transform the way you develop products, services, processes and even strategy.” – Tim Brown
Arlanda Stad is a business park concept with a soul.
“This is the first time I’ve tried to explain architectural concepts without slides.”
John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4’x5′ plywood board — and lets his 4th-graders solve them. At TED2011, he explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches — spontaneous, and always surprising — go further than classroom lectures can.
John was put in charge of a gifted education programme. His first question was “What do I do?” the response was “What do you want to do?”.
The answer was the World Peace Game that features the UN, arms dealers, saboteurs and weather goddesses.
John admits to his students “I don’t know the answers.”
The documentary film John talks about is showing at the Hollywood Cinema in Christchurch, details will be up on the TEDxEQChCh website.
Jamie Fitzgerald – Adventurer, presenter on First Crossings
“For 42 hours we did not move anywhere.”
“So we haven’t moved anywhere and we’re winning the race.”
Sometimes when you think you’re making the least progress you’re actually making the most.
“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” – Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland
They asked what are the insights from other people’s success that we can apply tomorrow?
We only ever focussed on that next milestone and we celebrated it.
“Why do I push my boundaries? If I let an opportunity pass I might be letting myself down.”
Ryan Reynolds – Chief Evangelist, Life In Vacant Spaces
We live in a culture of permits.
Anything a bit out of the ordinary is forbidden unless we get special permission.
We internalize this and close ourselves off.
There is a brief time in adolescence where we act as if anything is allowed unless strictly specified as forbidden.
Approach any rule asking what does it allow?
The Book Exchange Fridge Gapfiller project: people asked “Who’s going to be locking the fridge every night?”
A permanent solution might have been too daunting.
If people will not try things without permission, you have to make it easy to get a permit, Life in Vacant Spaces deals with barriers.
It’s easy to try something when it’s temporary.
What if you could try out an idea for free for 30 days?
Festival of Transitional Architecture.
“We’re totally unresourced and in over our heads, but everyone should get in over their heads right now.”
The caption of one of the projects featured in Ryan’s slides: “Needs funding – let’s talk :)”
The opposite of a permit is an invitation.
We want to foster a creative culture of creators and doers.
Kiel Johnson – Artist
A good idea only comes when working on a bad idea.
Lots of slides with awesome projects Kiel has worked on.
Made a printing press: “I am the press, I have the power.”
Made a survival vest for an emergency “I’m living in Los Angeles so when we fall into the ocean…”
“Get started on whatever you do… and good things will happen.”
“I do outreach… which is basically making more people like me.”
Two words: robot party.
Jane Henley – CEO, World Building Council
Green in a generation.
What we’ve created now is a set of disconnects and it’s difficult to realize visions in this environment.
“I wonder how long their drive to work is everyday.” Jane on a photo of a suburban cul-de-sac.
Market uptake is increasing in speed with each new technology.
We use labels to understand the plethora of information available to us. Performance ratings – energy, water, fuel efficiency ratings on appliances and vehicles.
Growing vegetables, community involvement, walking, closeness to family – valuable things from the past that need to be brought back.
Consumption to co-sumption
Good ideas: walking school bus, AirBNB – renting a room in your house out, carpooling (10 weddings have happened because of connections made through carpooling.com).
Community collaboration Say a neighbourhood wants green energy – these community collaborators think up a solution.
We can look at Skype and the NZ Insulation Programme and see values becoming easier to achieve and becoming more important – connecting with friends overseas, having a warm home…
“When I was at school working together was called cheating.”
What’s the key to using alternative energy, like solar and wind? Storage — so we can have power on tap even when the sun’s not out and the wind’s not blowing. In this accessible, inspiring talk, Donald Sadoway takes to the blackboard to show us the future of large-scale batteries that store renewable energy. As he says: “We need to think about the problem differently. We need to think big. We need to think cheap.”
Making a liquid battery to solve the strain on power sources.
“If you want to make something dirt cheap, make it out of dirt.”
“One of the greatest benefits of being a professor? Coloured chalk.”
“David’s young, smart, and wants a PhD.”
Abbas Nazari – Student, Former Afghan Refugee
Don’t think I could do his talk justice. Watch the video when it’s posted.
Wil McLellan – Founder, EPIC
Disruptive collaboration, the journey of getting EPIC built.
“Not feeling super positive.” – Wil on the day after the earthquake.
“We we got no money, we got no land, we got no property development experience.” But that didn’t hold them back.
“You’re pretty good at art… cough Lord Of The Rings” Wil to one of the most creative businesses in New Zealand, WETA.
Challenge convention, think outside the box.
Jed, Hera with Happiness Stan – Music
Jade Temepara – Founder, Hand Over A Hundy
Think about food differently.
Food has changed through generations ending up with things with no nutritional value.
A few days after the February quake there was no food in a supermarket near Jade and there wasn’t going to be for a week. “What am I going to do to make sure I have enough to sustain my own family” if food wasn’t available anywhere for a period of time?
Start a food revolution.
Hand Over A Hundy gifts $100 to families to start a vegetable garden.
Handing down skills and knowledge through generations – most of the mentors assigned to families are older people.
Do you have your own food system? Are you passing down valuable skills to your kids? Are you teaching your children where real food comes from?
What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.
“We did not write a report, we did not ask for permission.”
Food is a common language.
“And we’ve done it all without a flipping strategy document.”
“I’ve seen the power of small actions and it’s awesome.”
“And for some reason I can’t comprehend it’s surrounded by prickly plants.”
“And there’s some people who don’t know what a vegetable looks like if it’s not in plastic with a label.”
“If you eat, you’re in.”
Ernesto Sirolli – Founder, Sirolli Institute
“We paid them to come… and sometimes they showed up.”
“Instead of asking ‘why aren’t you growing anything?’ we just said ‘thank God we’re here’.”
“If people don’t want to be helped, leave them alone.” It’s about respect.
“Let me tell you a secret. There is a problem with community meetings. Entrepreneurs don’t come.”
“How do you do that?” “I do something very, very difficult. I shut up.”
Entrepreneurs want confidentiality, dedication and for you to realize that a successful business needs:
A fantastic product, marketing and financial management.
None of the successful companies started with one. Study Richard Branson’s book – the first two pages. He doesn’t mention I. He says We 32 times.
George Parker – Actor
George talked about a performance he was involved in about the Canterbury earthquakes.
“We were used to working in unconventional spaces.”
Joshua Iosefo – Poet
An amazing live performance on invisible borders and being brown.
Ian Taylor – Managing Director, Animation Research Ltd
Ian wowed everyone with his animations.
“While everything was turning to crap here, people of that calibre were thinking about you.” Ian on getting help from big companies for his earthquake auction.
“Don’t see why not” attitude gets his staff around the world.
“Something special happened in Christchurch, grasp it.”
Sam Johnson – Founder, Student Volunteer Army
When we’re young we’re taught to value money, time, skills. Contribution is more important.
“Do you have any skills?” – A business to Sam after he asked how he could help after the earthquake.
“Why humans exist is to interact with each other.”
“In real life, strategy is actually very straightforward. Pick a general direction and implement like hell.”*
The only way to get there is by doing four hours of volunteer work.
In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.
“There is power in identity.”
1/3 young black men in USA are in jail, prison, on probation or parole.
34% of black male population in Alabama have lost the right to vote permanently.
Rich and guilty are treated better than poor and innocent.
The death penalty question is really: “do we deserve to kill?”
1/9 on death row are innocent. In aviation we would never let an airline fly if one plane out of nine went down.
11 times more likely to get the death penalty if the victim is white opposed to black.
22 times more likely to get the death penalty if the defendant is black opposed to white.
Germany would never institute the death penalty – it would be impossible with their history to endorse the systematic killing of its citizens. But in the USA it’s fine to kill more black people than white on death row.
“That’s going to make you tired, tired, tired… that’s why you gotta be brave, brave, brave.” To Bryan on his justice initiatives.
The opposite of poverty is justice.
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on.
Alexandros Washburn – Urban Designer
“When you meet one kiwi, you meet 100.”
On seeing one of the towers on fire on 9/11: “And we were interested in this from a technical standpoint as architects because no one had died in a high-rise building that had sprinklers.” He thought that the plane close by was some sort of firefighting plane. It wasn’t.
9/11 was the first day of school for a lot of students (something I’d never heard before).
So many similarities to Christchurch: cellphones and most landlines weren’t working immediately afterwards, portable toilets, military stationed around the city, a no go zone, a mayoral election.
Improve the quality of public life by improving the quality of public space.
The smallest units matter.
If it’s worth remembering, it’s worth drawing.
How do you judge an effective public space? By the perspective of a pedestrian.
Alexandros drew an awesome diagram of a street with dimensions.
When you’re walking down the street, something should catch your attention every 10m.
Sewer catch basins can’t be moved when placed – it’s too expensive.
The fire department want specific things in specific places.
“We had to think clearly, when there was high emotion.” After 9/11.
You have to hope for something greater tomorrow and you have to accept the fear that generates.
My hope for Christchurch video
Created by Becca MacGeorge.
Great day. Watch the talks when they get posted on the interwebs.