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Posted by Philip Patston on 3 May 2010, 8:14 pm in , , , ,

I need your help get to New York to change the world!

On 1 May my proposal for Performing the World 2010: Can Performance Change the World? (PTW 2010) was accepted. The conference received over 200 proposals and I have been picked to be part of the diversity and passion of social change and performance from all over the world. I need to raise about $12000 for the trip to New York.

The sixth Performing the World conference will be held in New York City from Thursday, September 30 through Sunday, October 3, 2010. My presentation will be a talk and workshop punctuated by performance with Tony Lewis, aiming to demonstrate a more dynamic and constructive social paradigm and recognise diversity as more than characteristics like gender, race, disability and sexuality. Participants will leave with a new understanding of our natural synergy of similarity and difference, uniqueness and commonality that exists in all people, in all places, at all times.

In a one and a half our session I will introduce my work on Functional and Experiential Diversity, run a practical session about putting Functional & Experiential Diversity into action (creating a Wise Species), and perform my poetry with Tony on harmonica.

I'm pretty stoked and proud to have the opportunity to represent New Zealand, disabled people, queer people and social entrepreneurs at this prestigious event. But I need to raise about $12,000 to cover flights, accessible accommodation, conference fees and living expenses for ten days for Tony and me.

Could you help?

If you'd like to help out, please consider one or more of the following:

  • Donate any amount, large or small, over at the campaign page on Givealittle ┬╗
  • Offer to help organise a fundraising gig
  • Offer a free venue for a gig
  • Introduce me to other people who may be able to help
  • Suggest quick-turnaround funding options

Thank you in anticipation. To contact me, please use the form below or visit the contact page.