When the University of Canterbury decided they wanted some promotional material, they produced this, a profile of alumna Joanna Nicholls-Parker. It’s really all highlights, but I’ve produced a very short highlights package for you.
One important insight:
This is the environment in which I…come to terms with the fact that political transparency can counter commercial enterprise.
Sage words — we can count ourselves lucky that transparency hasn’t got too much in the way of commercial enterprise in Christchurch recently.
I truly wish, too, I could have made it to the Fast Track ‘Meetings with Remarkable Men’, featuring Bob Parker. The image she reproduces — there are 64 more of them out there somewhere! — shows the kind of deep and powerful thinking I missed out on:
Truly, read the whole article, keep coming back to it, come across it when you are least prepared: you’ll learn something. Consider this the beginning of a journey deep into human consciousness.
After reading this article, I am truly looking forward to the completion of her MA thesis, provisionally entitled “Philosophy by ‘Setting the Stage for Heroes’”. I’m actually not joking, either.
Hey — this may seem like an incidental point — but should we be worried that the mayoress is promoting some sort of cult of personality centring upon her apparently omnicompetent husband? Or is that totally normal?