Harv's Blog

‘To observe without evaluation is the highest form of Intelligence’
– Jiddu Krishnamurti –

One of the wonderful benefits of my vocation is being able to hang out with any number of the cool people that represent the 75 industries and professions that is the CQ community. This exposes me to a huge range of opinions and ideas that stimulate my imagination and thinking.

The purpose of this Blog is to take some of that thinking, refine it, and put it out there to stimulate dialogue on topics that I care about. I’m not precious so if you do not agree, or have differing views, I want to hear them.

I will be inviting other writers to contribute, so if you want to join me, let me know please at harv@c-q.co.nz

Recent Posts

Getting Curious about Curiosity – Part 1

June 24, 2018

I initially thought this was a one off Blog on the subject – but it’s a biggie and a growing interest of mine – hence the part 1. About five years ago we worked out the four Collective Intelligence attributes, by analysing why some people got more out of our process than others, and then […]


It’s surprising what gets tucked away in your thinkeree over time

May 29, 2018

Currently we are undergoing a rebranding exercise which has been lots of fun, due to the fact we have survived 10 years in business, and working with the talented and creative team at phd3 www.phd3.co.nz who have been guiding us through the process. What strikes me is the amount of knowledge I tucked away as […]


The Learnings of a Recovering Transphobic Ignorant Bastard

April 27, 2018

This Blog has a confession or two. My views pre Eva And my views post meeting Eva First confession: I used to think transgender people were just weird and screwed up. Really. Doesn’t feel any better confessing that even. I thought why would a male or female want to change their bits, and become the […]


Beware the Barrenness of a Busy Life

March 27, 2018

Firstly I’m going to fess up to the title of this Blog – I didn’t think it up okay. Some fella Socrates did, like over a hundred years ago.


Gaining Clarity on our Collective Intelligence process

February 27, 2018

After 10 years of working with Collective Intelligence I thought it was time to get down on paper some key learnings from my experience. When I started this journey, I didn’t fully understand what was being created or, for that matter, what could be achieved. It was a very simple concept, and still is really, but the complexities are intriguing.


In Memory of Pat Booth

February 4, 2018

Last week New Zealand lost an iconic New Zealander, Pat Booth. There was nothing flash about Pat, he was a down to earth low ego investigative journalist, who absolutely fought for the underdog, and had a burning desire to get to the truth of the matter, often being a complete pain in the arse to police and the justice system.


Learnings from Malcolm Gladwell

January 27, 2018

I first discovered Malcolm Gladwell 10 years ago when I discovered his book Blink, and have been a fan of his ever since, reading all of his books, and often searching for whatever he is thinking and posting online. What I have always enjoyed about Gladwell is his in-depth research and ability to connect ideas and events and put them together in fascinating stories.


Should we talk about this or not?

December 20, 2017

There are some who believe we should and others say no. I’ve chosen to talk about it, because there is a heroine, Amelia, who made an impact and we can learn from her actions. Recently life turned up while I was enjoying a glass of wine on a Sunday afternoon with the CQ team on our Christmas get together.


The world of the traditional dominant is a changing

November 29, 2017

I’ve often been asked what is my biggest learning since setting up CQ and I never really had a decent answer for that. Well, I worked it out recently when having a conversation with the multi-talented Ali and Sarah Tocker of Tocker and Associates.


When you are born on the wrong side of the tracks

October 29, 2017

In this Blog I would like to tell a story that is dear to my heart, and one I am very passionate about. It is a true story, and one that is common across our country. It is of national importance and topical right now, as we have a Prime Minister who has put herself in charge of child poverty.


Why Outward Bound is relevant for Old Bastards too

September 29, 2017

I was asked recently why I would have participated at CQ’s recent Outward-Bound excursion – what could someone of my mature years (ahhhh) get out of it?


Sad but (un)true?

August 29, 2017

Who is perpetuating the idea that high numbers of Farmers are regularly killing themselves in this country? This troubles me.




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