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A life of paradox, power and privilege

Posted by Philip on 17 January 2015, 11:01 am in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

arrow pointing left and rightFollowing on from my last post about rebranding, I’ve also changed how I describe myself or, more accurately, my experience. I talk about "my paradoxical experience as a queer, caucasian, cisgender man with unique function (disability).”

Even doing this is paradoxical, given I argued the point in 2012 at TEDxAuckland that we need to decay labels to reveal diversity. But I’m doing it to explain a phenomenon of power, privilege and paradox, rather than to label myself.

Power and privilege have long been part of the politics of diversity and discrimination. Recently I heard another diversity expert, Leslie Hawthorne, encourage those with privilege to raise awareness of it by, for example, not using the word “lame" to describe something that is bad or stupid, because you are implying that people who can’t walk are bad or stupid*.

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Adding complexity to the mix

Posted by Philip on 13 January 2015, 3:56 pm in , , , , , , , ,

red and yellow squiggles on a black backgroundMost Januaries I do a little bit of rebranding. I reflect on the previous year’s work, on the changes I’ve faced personally and professionally and on the kind of work I want to do over the next year.

It’s not a big, fancy process. Mostly it’s intuitive. Mine is not a big business — hell, it’s hardly even small! It’s me essentially — along with a small team and a few associates — offering my unique life and professional experience to help others in a variety of ways.

This year, I’ve made two changes to my brand. Firstly, I’ve de-emphasised diversity. It’s still in the mix, but it sits equally alongside other elements. Secondly, I’ve changed creativity to complexity. That’s not to say I’m not creative or that creativity is not complex; quite the opposite. 

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I had restricted access to voting booth then was treated like a second-class citizen by election officials because I use a wheelchair

Posted by Philip on 5 September 2014, 3:29 pm in , , , , , ,

orange elections mascotUPDATE 09 September 2014: I'm pleased to say I have been contacted by the Electoral Commission and the Grey Lynn Returning Officer since writing this email/post.

Email to the Electoral Commission

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

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Rebel to Leader: Interview with Bryan Crump, Radio NZ National Nights

Posted by Philip on 14 August 2014, 7:52 am in , , , , , ,

Last night I spoke with Bryan Crump on Radio NZ National Nights.

Listen here »

More music »

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The most offensive part of this meme is its spelling!

Posted by Philip on 13 August 2014, 11:24 am in , , , , , , ,

George Takei, Star Trek's inimitable Mr Sulu, has been chastised by disability rights activists for posting a Facebook meme.

Said meme depicts, from behind, a woman standing from her wheelchair to reach a bottle of (presumably) wine, with the words, "There has been a miracle in the alcohol isle [sic]."

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The sport of coming out

Posted by Philip on 15 July 2014, 6:56 am in , , , , , , , ,

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe is the latest in a long line of sports "stars" to come out as gay in an interview with celebrity interviewer Sir Michael Parkinson. It seems to be a sport in itself these days: to play professional sport and reveal that you're gay.

Or perhaps a better sport might be to place bets on who will be next. David Beckham? Too good to be true.

But the real question — or the bigger conversation we're not having — is about the "casual homophobia", as Kath and Kim actor and out lesbian comedian Magda Szubanski puts it, in sport that stops people like Thorpe coming out — or never having to "go in" in the first place.

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Changing direction

Posted by Philip on 6 July 2014, 12:50 pm in , , , , , , , , , ,

As of tomorrow, 7 July, I'll be employed for the first time in twelve years. In early May I applied for the 0.6FTE role of Communications Officer at the NZ AIDS Foundation, was offered, to my surprise, an interview in early June and, to my greater surprise, the job in mid-June.

My surprise was two-fold. Firstly, while I've had heaps of experience in communications I've had no formal training. Secondly, I'm fairly long in the tooth to be taking up an entry-level position. So while I felt confident to fulfil the role, I didn't think I'd fit the role profile.

I obviously did though. And that leads to another aspect of my surprise, which is strongly linked to trust. At the beginning of the year I decided to let myself be guided towards where I was needed. I thought it would come in the form of a new client, but it manifested in a completely unexpected way. Not only a completely different content area, but a different role (employment not consultant) and, actually, a whole different lifestyle (I'll be working at the Foundation's offices).

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On being single, not quite polyamorous, but definitely non-monogamous

Posted by Philip on 14 May 2014, 4:01 pm in , , , , , , ,

puzzle piecesI've never been good with relationships. It seems I have a low tolerance for engulfment and, even after being single for years, if I get it together with someone then suddenly, somebody else turns up within days or weeks.

I used to think I had commitmentphobia. But I realise I commit to lots of things — work, friendships, appointments, drinking regularly, you name it. I may even have committed to exercising daily, but I won't promise — it's only been two weeks (and I missed three days because I was working and had to get up early).

See, I told you I'm committed to work.

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Soul work

Posted by Philip on 8 May 2014, 1:36 pm in , , , , , , , ,

flower eyeYesterday I ran a session on diversity with a group of facilitators. My aim was to work with them around their understanding of diversity but also to highlight the power of facilitation to elicit diversity.

I described the session in this way:

Diversity beyond labels

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Biocentric humanism — are you ready for it?

Posted by Philip on 27 March 2014, 1:07 pm in , , , , ,

Man lying with blue glow around himIn the last week I've come across two new (to me) socio-scientific theories: biocentrism and humanism. I like them both, because they fill gaps in some pretty big scientific and social dilemmas that I grapple with, that many others do and even more should, in my humble opinion.

Let me defer to good ol’ Wikipedia to define each, for a start:

Biocentric universe — also known as biocentrism — is a concept proposed in 2007 by American doctor of medicine Robert Lanza, a scientist in the fields of regenerative medicine and biology, which sees biology as the central driving science in the universe, and an understanding of the other sciences as reliant on a deeper understanding of biology. Biocentrism states that life and biology are central to being, reality, and the cosmos — life creates the universe rather than the other way around. It asserts that current theories of the physical world do not work, and can never be made to work, until they fully account for life and consciousness.

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