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Why I've changed my mind about entering local body politics

Posted by Philip on 13 November 2017, 6:26 pm in , , , , , , ,

People have been telling me for 20 years I should be in politics. For 20 years I've recoiled in horror, saying I wouldn't be seen dead in politics — in fact, I remember saying at a comedy gig once to shoot me if I did.

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I was just joking.

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Follow me on Bloglovin'

Posted by Philip on 29 June 2013, 4:05 pm in , , ,

Those who wish to follow my blog via email can now do so via Bloglovin', a place where you can "add all the blogs you want to follow, and then you’ll get notified every time one of your favorite blogs has written a new blog post."

Until now I've been using Google's Feedburner, but it's a bit old and antiquated. Bloglovin' gives me membership to a community of great blogs from around the world and it's easy for my readers to use. You can sign in via Facebook and there are no confirmation emails to get lost in your spam folder.

You'll see the follow button at the top and bottom of all my new posts from now on. Of course, once you've clicked it to follow me you don't need to again (unless you want to unfollow me, which you can also do by clicking the button).

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A big shout out to @PledgeMe supporters

Posted by Philip on 8 March 2013, 9:45 am in , , ,

Back in January, the National Youth Drama School asked me to speak at their opening on 20 April. I was really keen to do this as the students are 14-18 year olds and I knew it would be a unique opportunity for me to share my message of diversity, creativity and social change with them.

The school is a non-profit organisation and could not cover all my travel and expenses. So I set up a PledgeMe campaign to raise $1200. Thanks to the generosity of the following people, and others, we reached the campaign goal, so I'll be able to attend the opening.

Thank you to:

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A value-based community

Posted by Philip Patston on 22 October 2012, 6:45 pm in , , ,

In my last blog post I critiqued capitalism, which I redefined. I alluded to an alternative. Here it is.

Imagine for a moment, if you will, a value-based community, which is created around the members’ desire to move from a capitalist economy to a value-based economy. The community has one key commonality: the willingness to believe we don't need money to live well. This community understands that there are certain types of intrinsic value that cannot be measured in monetary terms.

It offers an opportunity for all members to receive equal resource in exchange for an equitable expression of value. In this respect, the people and things often forgotten, neglected and left unattended in today’s world – because they cost too much – are remembered, considered important and attended to, simply because they can be.

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Still proud after 24 years

Posted by Philip on 17 May 2012, 7:55 pm in ,

I've changed my look and language over the years but I was struck by the similarity of my philosophy captured by the Crippled (sic) Children's Society (now CCS Disability Action) Access magazine in 1987. 

Thanks to Alex Smith for the nostalgia...the actual clipping appears below.

"We must be proud...”

Pride in one’s disability is an important aspect in Philip Patston’s philosophy of what is required for people with disabilities to succeed in achieving their goals in life.

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Diversity helps creative thinking

Posted by Philip Patston on 30 June 2010, 11:22 am in , , , , , ,

DIVINQ stands for Diversity Inquiry. It is an online and offline process, designed by Philip Patston, for young people and open-minded adults, who want to create space for a light-hearted and fun yet meaningful and exploratory conversation. The conversation aims to generate empowerment, understanding and self-acceptance by encouraging creative thinking about values, beliefs, assumptions, diversity, human rights and a myriad of other things. No DIVINQ is ever the same.

We are looking for schools, youth organisations, businesses, government departments and community groups who are interested in doing DIVINQ - watch the video and get in touch.


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Inclusion alone is not enough

Posted by Philip Patston on 18 June 2010, 1:36 pm in , , , , ,

Creating inclusive environments is a key part of allowing diversity to add richness and value to everything we do in our organisations and businesses. But inclusion - or ensuring equal opportunities for people to access environments, services and  networks - alone is not enough.

Yes it's important to notice when people are not present on our boards and staff, in our audiences and programmes. And we must identify and address barriers that disadvantage, marginalise or exclude people.

But, according to "Social Inclusion and Participation: A Guide for Policy and Planning" published by the NZ Ministry of Social Development in 2007 (download it as a Word doc), there are four other key dimensions of social inclusion: belonging, participation, recognition and legitimacy.

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The Venus Project World Tour - New Zealand

Posted by Philip Patston on 15 March 2010, 9:10 am in , , , ,

Thursday, April 15, 2010 from 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (GMT+1200)

Hopetoun Alpha, 19 Beresford Sq, Auckland, New Zealand


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Position available: Strategic Projects and Policy Leader (Wellington, NZ)

Posted by Philip Patston on 4 August 2009, 4:30 pm in , , , ,

CCS Disability Action is advertising a position for Strategic Projects and Policy Leader.

  • Disability Rights Sector
  • Wellington Based/National Focus

CCS Disability Action is a national community organisation, with an enduring passion to strengthen communities and provide support so people with disabilities are included in the life of their family and community.

The Strategic Projects and Policy Leader will drive policy and political change projects toward better outcomes for disabled people.

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