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How could we...?

Posted by Philip on 31 March 2013, 12:39 pm in , , , , ,

Have you noticed things aren't working as well as they used to? What things? Bureacracies, governments, religions, financial and other institutions, phone companies, customer service, education...even families, friendships, relationships. Those things and more.

Have you also noticed how often people say, "If only we could go back to when things were (insert adjective: simpler, easier, safer, less busy, better...)?"

It's a funny mindset, I often muse, to wish things were like they used to. It's like saying, "I wish it were yesterday again." It's an impossible wish, even more impossible than saying, "I wish it would be tomorrow sooner." At least that can be simulated by distractions, drugs or other time-altering means.

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The week that was: 15-22 Feb 2013

Posted by Philip on 23 February 2013, 1:27 pm in , , , , , , ,

I haven't felt compelled to blog for a while so I thought I might try a new blogging format for a while and look back on the week in reflection and see what themes and insights emerge. I immediately feel slightly daunted by the task as I take a look at my calendar to jog my memory of the highlights.

Teenage guardianship

The most significant change of the week is that, last Saturday, I became the official guardian of a long-time friend's 14-year old daughter. This is quite an adjustment in both my default living arrangement and "parental" status. I have lived alone for as many years as I can remember and, apart from a few dogs and cats, have never been responsible for any other being but me.

The circumstances are that my friend's daughter, whom I've known since she was born in her parents' living room on Waiheke Island, chose last year to leave Ohakune, where her family has lived for about seven years, in order to attend Western Springs College, which is five minutes walk from where I live. She boarded with others of her Mum's friends last year and visited me each Tuesday after school. This year her boarding situation changed, due to the friends' living arrangements changing, so it was a bit of a no-brainer for her to come and live with me.

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Planning, doing and you

Posted by Philip on 23 December 2012, 6:29 pm in ,

As we enter the realm of New Year's resolutions, I wonder...which is you?

  1. Plan and do
  2. Plan and don't do
  3. Do without planning
  4. Do and use experience to do more

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For the 2012th time...

Posted by Philip on 14 December 2012, 12:49 pm in , , , ,

...Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I don't make a habit of talking up Christmas, which won't surprise those who know me well. I see it as such an unauthentic tradition, that I described to a friend yesterday as a clusterf**k of symbology, religion, capitalism and marketing, not to mention unreal expectations and awkward social situations.

You'd think we'd have gotten bored with it all after 2011 times but, no, the hype still goes on.

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Social media and its power to create social change @MrMikeMcRoberts

Posted by Philip on 11 December 2012, 7:18 pm in , , ,

Update: Here's the link to the story online.

Here's a twitter conversation I had with Mike McRoberts during 3News. He did a pre-intro to a story referring to someone being "wheelchair-bound":

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I'm not sure about gay red shirts

Posted by Philip on 14 November 2012, 4:46 pm in , , , ,

Today someone told me about Gay Red Shirt Day - it was last Friday 9 November and there's even a page on Facebook. It totally missed my radar and I'm not sure whether to click "Like" or not.

It all grew out of NZ PM John Key's statement on radio that the host's "red shirt looked gay". Gay Red Shirt Day was timed to coincide with Key's birthday.

So here's the thing: I've never found the so-called derogatory use of the word "gay" offensive. I've been known to say things are "gay" myself. 

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Random thoughts about starting stuff

Posted by Philip on 8 November 2012, 1:13 pm in , , ,

There's a lot said about how to start businesses, projects and processes of social change. In my experience, there is no "right" way, but it helps to do it "your" way.

Having said that, here are some things that I have found helpful when starting stuff.


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Blame, shame or take responsibility?

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

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.

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When careers collide

Posted by Philip on 8 October 2012, 2:22 pm in , , , ,

It's not often in life – well, let me speak for myself: my life – that I feel a real sense of the many strands of my chequered career coming together into something coherent, purposeful and truly unique.

Speaking at TEDxAuckland on Saturday was one such moment.

Being able, in 18 minutes, to combine my deep interest in people, society, nature, diversity, creativity, social change, humour and entertainment, was a great privilege. Suddenly, my roles of counsellor, social worker, activist, consultant, comedian, creative entrepreneur, social entrepreneur and leader – a veritable potpourri, mashup, sumetimes even car crash of seemingly disconnected skills and attributes – just seemed to collide and assemble themselves into something completely coherent, that I can't really describe.

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NZ Health Ministry consults on paying family for disability support

Posted by Philip on 20 September 2012, 8:02 am in , , , ,

The Ministry of Health has released the following consultation invitation about paying family members. Personally I think the "complexity", of which the notice speaks, is overstated (read my recent post). You'll also notice it refers only to the support of disabled adults, but not children.

If this affects you, or you are simply concerned, I encourage you to have your say, dispelling the complexity myth and adding the right of disabled to children to be supported by well-resourced parents.


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