So, what’s next?

This post is just to let you know that today we have been in touch with everyone who indicated they would like to contribute to the Forum’s work, setting out next steps.

We had so many enthusiastic responses that it is quite possible that we missed one or two of you (if so, we are sorry!). We also got a couple of bounces saying that emails could not be delivered. So, if you sent us a message saying you wished to be involved, but have not received an email from us at BFF, please email us again at info@bff.org.nz with your details.

And for those who are just interested to know what we are planning next? We are forming working groups in each of the key areas listed on the Our mission page, plus Energy and Mātauranga Māori/Te Tiriti. We will then bring together this work as one integrated whole, forming the basis of our proposition for a “New New Zealand“.

It is going to be a huge task, but we think we are up for it!

4 thoughts on “So, what’s next?

  1. I have been an artist, a film maker and a bricoleur since 1977.

    My work spans making the heartlaNZ documentary with Jacques Cousteau, David Lange, Whina Cooper, Barry Crump and many more.

    As an artist I believe that market forces esp neo liberal have delivered me and our culture no end of harm… As a direct result I have focussed much if my output not to entertain and cajole but to question and provoke… Eg… the Vacant lot of cabbages, the Want Mart (which Kennedy Warne called “your personal eye in the hurricane of greed”) and much more.

    I fear your mission statement appears to be missing two interrelated and essential elements which I might be able to help plug in our post C19 needs…

    1. Art, artists, creativity… And if you know anything relatively deep about art… The connections between Marcel Duchamp, his visions on tastes machinery, politics, vested interests and work like mine, banksy, etc intervention arts. Political art.

    2. The modern world seems addicted to vested interests. Artists are probably the only non vested interest individuals with the pedigree and will to have unjaundiced vision.

    Artists of this Calibre need to regain a seat at the top table… Heralding the need to fill the gap that is demonstrably vacant MORALITY… There is nothing remotely moral IMHO about the market forced myopic world that has delivered our planet rapid superhighways for C19 to spread and ecological harm on another pandemic scale… Let alone overpopulation…

    Non vested interest voices need to be heard. You can say this is the voice of logic, the voiceless planet…

    So… Art and ethics… I can speak to them if and when you are able and willing.

    Barry Thomas

    Artist, film maker, bricoleur.

    http://eco-publicart.org/vacant-lot-of-cabbages/

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_intervention

    On Fri, Apr 17, 2020, 13:14 Better Futures Forum wrote:

    > BFF editorial team posted: ” This post is just to let you know that today > we have been in touch with everyone who indicated they would like to > contribute to the Forum’s work, setting out next steps. We had so many > enthusiastic responses that it is quite possible that we missed ” >

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