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Navigating The World Network

The world network has changed, where once territorial boundaries existed, protected, independent territories were able to sustain themselves well enough, but the growth and adoption of Neoliberal principals fostered a paradigm shift towards efficiency, and a withdrawing of services and support by local governments

The rise of globalization and the Global Production Network (GPN)  means we don’t live in self-contained economies, or nation states, we are in a world of supply chains and networks that extend across the pre-war, and post war boundaries, the chain is vast, and it’s a combination of the material and the immaterial. The material is the interstate highways, land transport, sea transport; it is the new super fast fibre optic cabling, a magnanimous flow of information across the cyberspacial divide

The immaterial based on ideas, not physically viewable, the non-tangible class, the social networking dynamic, the change is constant a countries border does not change but the intangible networks do.  Today the stand-alone economy is usually reserved for the high fluting developed nations, the control of information is more managed, and if the most stringent of means is required, to keep an invasive element at bay, then it would be wiser to apply that means; more today, then it was in the past

Stability is the key and how informed we become in our thinking, those of us who labor in the fields of globalization our window and doors must be able to open wide enough in the world, and near enough that it can be easily closed again, the flow is intermittent; therefore open your door wide in times of plenty, turn it back in times of disaster, keep the intangible highway open but  manage it with dignity

Perhaps  global organizations could blend or merge services, if it works and has merit maybe the  step up should be looked at , for i.e. fire services with ambulance services, eco-planners with builders, build more in the green, lessen the field of the concrete and steel. Stay within your borders, because not much of the world is left for further conquest; and if something seeks to reach further then that,  the world will push back, settle for building up, not out, the world has no more room for arrogance or imperialism or bolding words. 

The Growth of Biophylic Approaches

Biophylic design is an emphasis on adaptations to the natural world that over time have proven to be instrumental in advancing a communities health, fitness, and wellbeing, it’s a more sustained exposure which engages with more of the
natural make –up of a space, place, or environment.

It is a measure of design applying a variety of natural or nature-like influences into a pathway, a structure, boardwalk, or even a cycle way. The overall objective is that in some form or another it achieves a measure of biological aesthetic that has benefit for its users, be it bio-centric, or human-centric

Adapting elements of the bio-centric world, if done well, can foster a level of emotional attachment to particular places, and spaces. An example would be a manmade pond or waterway that is built in a way that blends into its surrounding, much like a mill screening water treatment area, a reserve which connects to the main harbor has native bush, and timbered walkways that provide a nice catchment area for exercising or jogging along its boundary

Our capacity to connect with the bio-diverse world, the organisms that dwell within, and the optimal functioning of that balance gains greatly from the immersion of the self into such realms of habitat and the elements that merge and flow into its continuity. Biophylic approaches used in urban gentrification, abandoned cities and spaces, are being considered more and more in urban planning, environment management, and urbanized re-purposing the blending of man-made, natural, and nature-like developments fast-track further thinking into new ways of city design, urban growth, and environment consciousness 


Indigenous and Cultural Determinism 

From days past two types of world views have grown to new levels of prominence, the view of the Indigenous, and the view of the Colonial, is this a radical new order, or is it more a shift in conscious consensus, the lens provided in the indigenous view is founded in protection, enhancement, a parlaying of balance between a philosophy of a given quality of life, as opposed to a philosophy of Colonialism and how things should be.

The colonial proponents are numerous, and have foundations in imperialist principals supposedly afforded through a nations right of conquest, a vilifying of non-conformist culture, tragically drafted and ultimately driven by some such as the catholic church of old.  

The Baubles of discovery, a guiding document of the day for empire building nations that espoused the rights of first nation peoples. While much progress has been done, the document of discovery still exists in its raw form, such a document needs revision, and if such were to provide the guidelines for on-world and or off-world development, then it would need to be reframed entirely

To that end, founding documents of significance, which do more to recognize the indigenous and first nation’s people rights and quality of life have already laid the groundwork for the future; we are at our best, when we have equality and freedom to ascend to who we have always been, without retribution. Therein the indigenous, and the first nations, can level its philosophy from an instance of retribution, to one of reconciliation. The indigenous “lens” can be challenging, and some battles are hard-fought, the nature of one “lens”, over riding or deriding another, i.e. the natural, vs the man-made, the sentiment of the nobility, derailing or successively manipulating the common, or the different, the combination of the two, constant in opposition.

But the lens need not drastically change an existing approach that gleans benefit for the many, or the individual, the lens of the indigenous, works and balances with the same over-arching qualities of the colonial in terms of protection and enhancement of the family, the resources, recreational pursuits, environment, and commoditized supremacy (language, culture, native song, dance, and art) only the priorities are more non-tangible, and the enhancing qualities are more in the immaterial


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Soil Leaching  why  the affects are so drastic in NZ

To explain soil leaching or nitrogen leaching, it is what happens when rain or water soaks into the soil area where the nitrates sit around the plant root system and due to the added weight and flow, inertia pulls the nitrate down with its flow (as water soaks down further) to below the area where the plant has its root system. It’s quite different from a soil run-off scenario. 

The nitrate soaks into the soil and then into natural waterways, rivers, and streams, this affects that bio system through increasing the growth of algal blooms, toxicity, and robbing the underwater organisms of much needed oxygen and nutrients then need to survive.  Many NZ rivers and waterways are badly affected by this kind of behaviour, although government, councils and local authorities continue to address this, the level of commitment needed by all parties concerned pre-dominantly in the intensive farming sector, still remain embattled in a rivalry that
spans generations. 

The scope of farming process is constantly under review, however the side- affects are formidable, and much of the NZ riverscape and land management value is being reformed, and reshaped to help better reduce this practice.  Industry practices in areas of unethical de-forestation, man-made erosive processes, and generally poor management of water and irrigation conservation has led to wetland reduction, lower river and water levels, and the advent of climate change.  These need to be firmly regulated and transformed to enable positive change however such things will only work with a greater commitment to the cause, and or building up the appreciation of better farming and industrial methodology. / Perspective

Internet Ethics and The Vatican

For most part the Church seems to offer good support for the internet as a whole, but it carefully acknowledges that as it can be used in many good things, it can also be used in many not so good situations.

The ethics of concern stem for more of the internet’s propensity to express anti societal anecdotes, radicalism, and expressions of hate-speech. Whilst it is supportive of freedom of expression, and free exchange of information, the church is very aware that the same mechanisms that inherently grow and support the internet, can also be used in very negative way, the church sees its potential and sees its benefits in the globalization cognitive, but also commends care and the realism of the fact that it will be used in a way that it was not intended too.

The idealism presented in the internet’s foundation is praise-worthy, its capacity ushered in a “... exaggerated individualism… (Journal of Interdisciplinary studies; Pontifical Council, The Vatican, 2002) from one of the councils documents, though it emphasizes that the recipients of its expression would most likely be one of individual liberty to do as one pleased, it notions that such are as radicals as opposed to entrepreneurs, however acknowledged that there is a great deal of difference between the two groups.

There are those who would wish the internet to be a place for nearly every kind expression no matter how vile, or defamatory it may be, and those who cantankerously tinker, tailor, and trade in its commercial entirety. The latter being the most defining component to foster the neo-liberal globalization machine. The free flow of information, imagery, has and does, break down divisions, broadens educational and cultural horizons, and promotes human development in many ways.

The level of expansion and shared instances for making a stand, leveraging a cause, and the social connection are warrant enough to proclaim the common good. To this the church embodies it as supportive, temper it though it does, it condones ill-use in terms of ethics, and wearily cautions in the same regard 


Years of Neo Liberal Reform

Globalisation has led to more spread out populations, more diverse interconnections

 12% global trade affected by Ever Given incident on the Suez Canal, Suez canal is an important part of global commodity supply, i.e. the commercially structured movement of goods and value across networks

Maxing Out the Digital Divide

Put simply, the digital divide is an economic and social inequality with regard to access to, use of, or impact of information and communication technologies. It is the divide that exists between those who have access to internet technology, thereby enabling them to fully engage with modern information and global business, and those who do not, whether it is due to different socio-economic levels, education, and or household income levels.

Most of society has access to the technology, and this is reflected in many developed countries, yet, at the same time, the “gap” between those who have and those who do not is growing. Some areas are urban, some are suburban, and the interaction between computers and internet technology are fast becoming the necessary, and if there are parts of the population that are still struggling to gain connectivity, or have not got, at most, minimum access, this could see them actually becoming unable to fully engage with the greater community.

Documents from the mid to late 2000 outlined that computer, and internet access, will be how the world communicates, it will be how information is managed and passed down the chain, the mediums of print, radio, and mostly, forms of communication that don’t involve paper, will become transitioned to a fully interactive online format. As the world is now, much of this has come to pass indeed, and whilst there are many more diverse communities, aged and engendered classes of people who now easily navigate through the World Wide Web, and have access to computers or iPad and Smartphone technology, the divide it seems still has not completely disappeared.

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