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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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Charlotte's Web: a tale of superb leadership

Posted by Philip on 24 September 2012, 12:57 pm in , , , , , ,

"Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen." (IMDb)

I read Charlotte's Web when I was just a kid, but it has always stuck in my mind as a great story. Watching the 2006 version of the movie, I realised why: it's a great story of leadership.

Charlotte, the retiring spider who seeks no recognition for her part in saving Wilbur from his fate, epiomises the architypical servant leader. "This term, coined by Robert Greenleaf in the 1970s, describes a leader who is often not formally recognized as such. [She] leads simply by virtue of meeting the needs of her team..." (VectorStudy.com)

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Take it from me: diversity, creativity, change and mental health

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

Here's the interview I did yesterday with Sheldon Brown on "Take It From Us", a radio show about mental health and wellness on Planet FM.

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Are we surprised about the Batman massacre?

Posted by Philip on 21 July 2012, 6:15 pm in , , , ,

The massacre at the release of the latest Batman movie is a tragedy to be sure, but why are we surprised?

Hollywood pumps out ever more violent movies, including one, the trailer of which shows a 1940s mob shoot out of a cinema and has been pulled from being shown before Batman.

Why do we gasp in horror when reality mirrors fantasy?

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As Love Draws Near

Posted by Philip on 12 July 2012, 6:31 pm in , , , , , , ,



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"As Love Draws Near" tells the story of how we all have the opportunity to move from fear to love by removing the labels that tie us down. The core message of this video is to encourage people to engage in social change and for individuals to accept diversity and who we really are.

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What is diversity? Ask a 7 year old

Posted by Philip on 8 May 2012, 10:25 am in , ,

Here's what my 7-year-old niece answered in a school project asking, "What is Diversity?"

In my opinion Diversity is when you go another country and you learn, National Anthem and eat new foods, see new flags, famous painting. You can learn different languages, see meet new people (friends), different shops, see a new prime minister. New Zealand isn't the same as other countries we might be better than them we might be worse than them but no one cares we are all different.

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Quitting isn't always giving up

Posted by Philip on 5 April 2012, 9:45 am in , , , ,

According to an article on Stuff, job resignations are steadily becoming more and more creative as evidenced by this viral video that's had over three million hits since it was posted last year.

Quitting anything generally gets a pretty bad rap in our society. Usually it's seen as weak, giving up, even cowardly.

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Creativity vs technology updates

Posted by Philip on 6 March 2012, 7:06 am in , ,

Yesterday was a bit of a  "mobility update" day for me. It also turned out to be a "creativity update" day.

First a new cushion and backrest on the old wheelchair (which, upon waking this morning virtually pain-free, may have sorted my lower back pain - fingers crossed).

After that, a trip to the engineers who designed the ramp and winch in my car. I'd been thinking that, if I got them to incline the platform my chair sits on, gravity would help it roll out. I was right.

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On being creative and organised

Posted by Philip on 2 March 2012, 7:00 am in , , ,

Many people I've talked to this year are in agreement: 2012 is busier than ever. It seems to have started at a pace faster than ever.

Certainly it's so for me. As many opportunities continue and more present themselves, I'm reflecting on the balance between being creative and organised. I don't want my creativity to overwhelm my organisation; but equally I don't want to be so organised that I forfeit my creative way of working.

So, how to maintain such a balance? Here's my thinking followed by a diagram I drew in my journal:

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Employment — get over it

Posted by Philip on 15 February 2012, 9:06 am in , , ,

If you believe the hype about finding jobs, the economy improving, tra la la la la, personally I think you need to think again. The economy has been poked for a long time, if you hadn't noticed, and is just about as poked as it could ever be right now.

I'm no economist, hence the technical terminology, but what I do know for sure is that jobs as we know them will just get harder and harder to find. I told the NZ Welfare Working Group that according to the Zeitgeist Movement, it's likely the US unemployment rate will be 62% by 2030. They didn't include that in their report.

Technology, that thing we've been investing millions of hours and trillions of dollars in improving (particularly in the last hundred years, but actually since we realised we could smash stuff with rocks), is taking our jobs. Machines and computers, articulated vehicles, 3D printers. These marvellous inventions that we've deliberately created to make our lives easier are making our lives easier. Now.

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