“The World needs an enormous number of new innovators. Change agents
and transformers, all dedicated to turning Development in the
direction of sustainability. People like you.”
“Believing Cassandra: An Optimist Looks At A Pessimist’s World”
A TIME TO REFLECT
Deciding to spend two weeks in the Philippines for some much needed RnR instead of going to Cali-fornia was a decision worth making. People who have been to the Land of the Morning where the Durian fruit thrives; best mango shakes on the planet; wonderful scuba diving spots; and, the best barbecue tuna to hit your palette, would un-derstand my enthusiasm.
The two weeks allowed me the opportunity to gather the hurried thoughts, catch my breath, reconnect with friends and make new ones. One of those thoughts was related to exciting developments for Faith in Families.
THE TASKS AHEAD
Growing a new organisation from the ground up is an arduous task with a slew of many intricate details including piles of paper work, meetings and applications to fill out. However, a moment of pain whilst anticipating great gains is worth the efforts forged.
A huge part of what Faith in Families will actively be involved with, both here in New Zealand and overseas, is assisting other organisations, key networks and partners in growing the capabilities of the communities they serve and work for.
In the coming weeks and months, after working on registering Faith in Families with the New Zealand Charities Commission including the establishment of the Faith in Families board of governance. We will also be ﬁnalising our marketing strategies, new business models, developing new digital and web-based tools, implementing our own ﬁnancial and recruitment strategies, as well as continue growing our online capabilities, communications and a global base.
ADDRESSING PEOPLE’S NEEDS
A great aspect of what we in Faith in Families will be active in too is ﬁelding articles from a wide range of contributors from around the globe who are involved and have a passion for the arts, medicine and healthcare, education, leadership and management, business, politics, the environment, science and technology, Māori and Paciﬁc Island development and so on. Our interest is mainly on the human element – addressing their needs and how their lives are or can be positively affected using new approaches to societal issues.
Stories that are easy to gravitate towards are about people – who through years of research and experience have developed new ideas, approaches, in-sights and theories not only to address old and complex issues but also chal-lenge and thereby enhance how we view the world and everything that is in it.
Whether it’s looking into the world of poverty, living with a disability, exploring the complexities of the brain, new e-learning approaches or research into how individuals from various communities around the world are living past the 100-year mark, we ﬁnd ourselves perhaps like you, wanting to know more.
Two such examples to look out for on this website in the coming weeks include delving into the ﬁeld of environmental microbiology with Dr. Vidya Washington, a classically trained mi-crobiologist; sharing aspects of her research and thus helping us all better understand the paradigms that exist within human relationships. Also of great interest are articles by Jerome Bringas, Director of the Davao Philippines School of Design, giving further insight into how the arts affects the community-at-large and how we can play an important role.
FOCUSING ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
In conclusion, the recent meetings I’ve conducted while in the Philippines and upon return here in New Zealand has conﬁrmed to me again that community development the world over is generally the same – the same community issues and concerns; the same community dreams and aspirations; the same needs for resources and quality planning; similar demographic focus areas; and, similar challenges and pursuits.
The question is: when a vision arises such as those that Faith in Families has to develop communities are realized, how then does it progress towards organ-izing people and securing the financial logistics? In other words how do we make the vision a reality?
Faith in Families views this as a huge challenge but also as an exciting op-portunity to being creative, innovative and consequently, a very active part of a wide range of solutions. We look forward to updating you or better still, have you join us on this exciting new journey ahead!
Co-Founder-Faith in Families