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It is a hot summers day in Cape Town with a light berg wind occasionally straightening the flags that sway at half-mast. The news of Nelson Mandela’s passing is still fresh, and this weight is felt by everyone from people vacationing to beggars, from the critics of Africa to the optimists of what lies ahead. In the back of everyone’s mind is the question, what’s going to happen now?

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

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After a stay in Los Angeles for the GOOD Global Exchange Fellowship, I am back in Christchurch amongst the dusty, grey, empty sites where buildings once stood, amongst building sites full of cranes and diggers, and amongst a maddening number of road works (interesting fact: there are as many at 80,000 orange traffic cones out on the streets here at present as horizontal infrastructure and roads are repaired). I cycle from place to place most days across potholes and uneven surfaces. Sometimes I get disorientated and don’t know where I am as all identifying landmarks are no more. Demolitions of almost entire city blocks make for new, compressed views. The whole place is a mess and small things like the opening of one new restaurant mean a lot.

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