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What does true diversity look like?

Posted on 26 April 2016, 10:43 am in , , , , , , , ,

Updated 7.45pm 26 April 2016: I have corrected the "assimilated" part of diagram. I also found out the original diagram is not Susie Sirman's (source unknown). 

The following tweet turned up in my feed this morning from Susie Sirman, from Alberta, Canada, a self-confessed "high school science and art teacher, learning coach, edtech enthusiast, busy mom and a terrible choice to follow on Twitter." So I followed her. But anyway, her tweet:

I like the model (further tweets between us revealed it isn't hers) and I agree with it to an extent. Simply putting different people in the same room isn't useful, but I think it is, unfortunately, what inclusion is about currently. It isn't, however, diversity.

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When everything goes wrong rightly

Posted by Philip on 24 May 2015, 11:25 am in , , , , , ,

"Incorrect" with "in" crossed outKathryn Shultz quotes Ira Glass in her excellent TED Talk, On Being Wrong. She does so to add another example of how we go through life in "a bubble of feeling right" when, in fact, we seldom are.

"I thought this one thing was going to happen and something else happened instead. And the thing is, we need this. We need these moments of surprise and reversal and wrongness to make [our] stories work." — Ira Glass, Host, This American Life.

Leadership, diversity, complexity and change, the spaces in which my work most often falls, are bastions of wrongness.

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Are you allowing yourself to be all you can be?

Posted by Philip on 16 October 2013, 10:21 am in , , , , , ,

Man and child sleeping"You are what you allow yourself to be." — Robert Waggoner

The interview below with author Robert Waggoner gives not only a fascinating insight into lucid dreaming, but also provides some useful commentary on how our mind can limit us through negative beliefs, unconscious habits and fear.

Well worth a watch.

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Self advocacy or selfless activism?

Posted by Philip on 14 September 2010, 6:45 pm in , , ,

This is my response to a forum on Facebook about self-advocacy…

Self advocacy – where to start? I guess I find it had to separate from activism, because every act of self-advocacy is an act of activism, as it paves the way to systemic change – hopefully.

Perhaps it’s because I live in a country of only 4.5 million (New Zealand) and I’ve had a high profile as an entertainer, but these days I expect to be treated with equality and respect – and mostly I do. Rules, policies and laws are arbitrary – they are true only in as much as we hold them to be so.

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Dog Days – reframing issues of mental health

Posted by Philip on 6 September 2010, 6:41 pm in , , , ,

Introducing guest blogger: Barbara Pike


Hi everyone. My name is Barbara and, officially, I’m Philip’s new Personal Assistant. What that translates to, is that I work part time at Diversity NZ supporting projects like DPSN. I am also studying towards a Graduate Diploma in Psychology at the University of Auckland with the intent to gain entry to the training programme to become a Clinical Psychologist (therapist). I have a vested interest in mental health issues, legislation, terminology, issues of discrimination, therapies, medication and anything else you can think of related to staying sane.

Why do I care about these issues? Why should anyone listen to what I have to say? What makes my commentary valid?

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To shush or not to shush

Posted by Philip on 2 September 2010, 6:30 pm in , , , , ,

This Blog was posted on Diversityworks Peer Support Network on behalf of Andrea Ford, CEO/Service Leader of Children’s Autism Foundation and mother of 3.

boy with finger on mouth going shush

In our family we have a No shushing rule. Many people wonder how we manage this and why I would set myself up in this situation. I would like to share the reasons for this in the interests of promoting the value of every child’s contribution, no matter how unique.

I have three sons. They are each unique individuals who I hope will grow up with self confidence, a positive self image, a sense of belonging and feel valued within their family, community and other roles. I intend to provide my parenting support with these goals in mind.

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Changing gear – it’s all about the clutch

Posted by Philip on 30 August 2010, 4:52 pm in , , , , ,

Diagram of a clutch

I’ve been going like the clappers for the last week, trying to complete an application to Creative New Zealand to record some music to add to my creative repertoire. Getting quotes and references, writing philosophies and budgets, creating plans and rationales. I have been writing and rewriting, questioning my motives for wanting to do this, feeling anxious that my 890 Facebook friends and 325 Twitter followers won’t like my stuff and wondering if what I do is good enough to be funded anyway.

Then I got an email from an arts advisor:

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[Updated] Apple box or fruit bowl - the future of special education

Posted by Philip Patston on 26 July 2010, 12:00 am in , , , , , ,

This is the address I made to a forum on the Review of Special Education. The first story is an old legend of the Sioux Nation; the continuation is my own, inspired by the first.

The Creator gathered all of Creation and said, “I want to hide something from the humans until they are ready for it. It is the realisation that they create their own reality.”

The eagle said, “Give it to me, I will take it to the moon.”

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For crying out loud, let's not get emotional

Posted by Philip Patston on 23 March 2010, 9:14 am in , ,

"What do you call an Irish Catholic priest? No better than the rest."

Written for 3news.co.nz | 23 March 2010

Catholic priests have been at it again, this time in Ireland, which of course begs for a joke:

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Diversity and intercultural competence – nature or nurture?

Posted by Philip Patston on 23 March 2010, 6:57 am in , ,

(This post is adapted from email correspondence.)

A Facebook friend contacted me recently about an essay he was writing at University about intercultural competence. He figured I was the local expert on diversity issues, so was wondering if he could get some help.

In his essay he was trying to show that, when a person finds themselves to be in a minority, (be it through race, sexual orientation, or ability level), they are better equipped to handle intercultural situations because they are more likely to understand the nature of diversity.

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