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Posted by Philip on 10 October 2012, 7:28 pm in , , , , , ,

Blame, shame or take responsibility?

The Mike Tyson and Gerald Shirtcliff headlines raise interesting issues about blaming, shaming and taking responsibility.

Both challenge us, collectively, to consider where individual responsibility ends and systemic responsibility begins.

I've already been anonymously crucified for challenging Tyson's suitability as a South Auckland role model in Facebook.

I also think Shirtcliff needs to take personal responsibility for his actions.

But, as Brene Brown points out in her TED Talk below, blaming and shaming these two individuals won't change anything.

Society taking responsibility, for systems that allow them to be dishonest and harmful, just might.

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