Extrinsic vs intrinsic

There is a deep divide between what our economy provides and what makes people well. This division is caused by the difference between what is intrinsic and what is extrinsic – and which one of […]

It’s time to vote

The election in New Zealand is a week away. Who are you going to vote for? It is hard for many people to choose because the choices are so underwhelming. There is not enough real substance […]

Slow Design for Cultural Sustainability

by Michael Lockhart | 7 August, 2017

I was honoured to give a talk today at the International Cultural Sustainability Symposium run by Victoria University of Wellington. Thanks to the organisers, speakers and those who attended. The […]

Craft technology for the future

When we think of technology we usually think of high-tech and big-tech, like robots and automated factories. However, hand tools and craft processes are technologies too. In a lower energy future there will be more use of […]

The best things in life

Money, where it comes from and what it can buy, is not everything. In our society, the economy gets way too much attention – in policy-making and political rhetoric, in the media, even in the education system. This […]

Handmade for good

My partner Anna is a contemporary jeweller. Everything she makes is handmade. Apart from a few power tools and a gas torch Anna only uses hand tools. What she lacks in precision is made up for with […]

Creative consumption

The ‘consumption’ of creative goods and activities is more sustainable than the consumption of purely material material goods. A creative economy is where production and consumption involves the processing of ideas, symbols, and emotional experiences rather than […]

Seven of the worst inventions

The following ‘inventions’ provide seven good reasons why society needs to use the precautionary principle. Invention throughout human history has been a process of trial and error. When an error was made it impacted very […]

Should there be an automation tax?

An article entitled “Robots could threaten up to half New Zealand’s jobs in next 20 years” highlights yet another problem with our economies. The problem is that workers are losing the ability to find jobs because […]

A biofuel future?

Can we have a biofuel future?

There are three main issues that opponents to biofuels have:

They are made from food crops or grown on land that would otherwise be used for food crops
Using food crops and land […]