Volunteering & A post to Laurie

Question of the Day April 14, 2011 ~ beyond-local service volunteer

Are you an unpaid volunteer in any kind of service which goes beyond your local community? Tell us about it.

I resigned last year from my position on the NZ Recreational Fishing Council (due to the cancer), but still get emails most days, and still put in quite a bit of time. Also put a fair amount of time into option 4 (www.option4.co.nz).
Here of course.
Also a councilor on the Seafood Industry Policy Council, and the Fishing Industry Association (neither of which take a lot of time).

Have been active in politics in the past, and have stood for parliament 5 times (lost each time) and have put a lot of time into various committees at regional and national level.

Was the regional webmaster for Lions 202E region, but resigned last year when I got the cancer diagnosis.

Have done a lot of volunteering with Landmark Education, which has taken me all over NZ in various roles.

Currently making contributions to the http://ineteconomics.org and http://www.capitalinstitute.org on a semi regular basis.

A few others, but that will do for now.

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Hi Andrew

There is a great deal that happens “beyond our local community” that has impact on our local community.

Most of us have to deal with the impact of various governance structures at various levels.

Usually we have our local community of our street or group of streets, or village.
Then we have a wider community of town or local district.
Then we have a wider community of region or state.
Then we have a wider community of nation.
Then we often have a wider community of a region of nations.
Then we have the whole human community of planet earth.
Then we have the wider community of life on earth.
Then we have a wider community of sentient life in this galaxy and beyond into the wider universe.

There are linkages at all levels, and some people choose to engage in those levels, to build networks of cooperation and understanding.

For me, these networks of communication and understanding are crucial to our survival and future development, and are extremely significant for humanity as a whole (as well as being a lot of fun).

Personally I have actual involvement in all except the last of those communities, and I would be more than happy to accept an invitation to join such a group.

Write On! (part 2)

Great work – thanks Laurie/Paden.

All really powerful stuff, well summarised.

Glad the motor’s running on all chambers Sandi – long may it stay so.

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Hi Sandi

Glad you’re flying free.

I suspect (as I said in my last post) that the phenomenon stems from the tendency of some people to build up large static electricity charges on their skin.

I tend that way, but mostly walk around bare foot, and so discharge myself.

I have killed a few computers by touching their innards with shoes on – but that isn’t that unusual, many people can do it. It just annoys me that I sometimes forget to take my shoes off before working on a machine.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) with reasonable security, tools, resources and degrees of freedom, and reasonable examples of the natural environment; and that is going to demand responsibility from all of us - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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