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This sent wee shivers down my spine...

Posted by Philip Patston on 25 November 2009, 9:23 pm in , , ,


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We're changing in 2010...

Posted by Philip Patston on 6 November 2009, 7:49 pm in , , , ,


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Music video embraces diversity

Posted by Philip Patston on 5 November 2009, 8:44 am in , , ,

Kiwi Band Minuit has included over a thousand photos sent in by New Zealanders in their new single's video.

"Aotearoa", with the catchy chorus, "You and Me, we are a New Zealand", also features footage from NZ's national libraries and film archives.

I sent in a snap of me on the beach in Ahipara and it features at 3:16 on the YouTube clip. Click the pic to see the whole video.

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Sketched from behind

Posted by Philip Patston on 14 October 2009, 10:46 am in ,

Last night I went to the The Thirsty Dog where I'll be performing live next Tuesday. As I left a woman, who had been sitting behind me, handed me these two sketches she'd made of me. How cool is that!?

See <http://diversity.co.nz/2009/10/13/poetry-jive-live/> for details about the gig and <http://web.me.com/philip.p/> for some demo recordings.

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Sweetness - Joe Gerstandt | Our Time To Act

Posted by Philip Patston on 7 October 2009, 6:51 am in , ,

Via ourtimetoact.com

Diversity, sugar and Twitter - a sweet mix. Interesting article:

Want to know what my work is really all about?  Sweetness.  With a little help from one of my favorite authors, I will share an example of what I am talking about.

Carbon, hydrogen and oxygen walk into a bar…

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Is it a blog? Is it a tweet? No it's a bleet.

Posted by Philip Patston on 2 October 2009, 7:18 am in ,

Ok I'm coining a new virtual term and calling it a "bleet". A bleet is a blog post made up of Twitter posts (tweets) about a certain topic or event.

This bleet is on the TEDxAuckland event I attended yesterday. In the next few days I'll write an "extended bleet", which will be a more considered reflection - but I'll use the tweets as structure.

Here we go: think of it as poetry:

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Dear Journalist...

Posted by Philip Patston on 7 September 2009, 10:28 am in , , , , ,

Thanks for your email and for taking the time to engage in this discussion about language and disability. I take the view that language and words are symbols of thought - as and of themselves, they mean nothing. But, wonderful as we are as human beings, we bring alive these strings of letters by assigning sound and - more importantly - meaning. I am proposing new language because I think the meaning we attach to words like "disabled" and "disability" is, at worst, inaccurately negative and comparative and, at best, out-of-date.

The new terms I am proposing may, as you say, sound woolly, I agree. In some contexts they sound downright strange and, as I say in my post, I'm not saying they are the right terms. But I think changing these words is no different to changing words like "negro" to "African American" or "homosexual" to "gay" (I mean, how woolly is "gay"?!) These changes reflected a change in consciousness driven by the civil and gay rights movements and indeed, changes in the self-perception of the people described/symbolised by the words. I think this change is happening for disabled people.

Change feels uncomfortable until it becomes usual. I'm sure there were many in the media who resisted the change of pronunciation and more liberal usage of Maori words, saying they were difficult to pronounce and even that people would not understand. But media people and their audiences learned to pronounce and understand the new language and now it is hard to remember otherwise. In no way am I advocating coyness, but I am questioning the emotive melodrama the media like to associate with unique function and experience. I am happy with words like Deaf and blind, and describing people's use of hearing aids or wheelchairs. But I would contest words like "problem", suffering", "afflicted" – they are judgements. I'm happy to say I use a wheelchair – because I do – but I'm not confined, bound or otherwise limited by it. I just use it.

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Snapshot of my office

Posted by Philip Patston on 4 September 2009, 11:00 pm in , ,

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="442" caption="Snapshot of my office – click to enlarge"]Snapshot of my office[/caption]

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Do we have what it takes to ship social change?

Posted by Philip Patston on 25 August 2009, 9:46 am in , , ,

In this talk, "The Dip" guy, Seth Godin, talks to a shipping conference about the importance of following through on creativity and ideas to the point of shipping the product. Seems to me we fail to do this often with diversity and social change. We have the "idea" of inclusion and acceptance, but do we have the commitment to do what it takes to "ship" it?

The reason that we don't "ship" diversity well is that we don't get past the first two puffs of blowing up the balloon (watch the clip and it'll all make sense!). We do the training, we write the policy, but we stop  short of continuously building a culture of relationships that celebrate the exploration, understanding and acceptance of similarity and uniqueness.

That's what it takes to ship social change. Now watch Seth...

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Perception - what are we missing?

Posted by Philip Patston on 20 August 2009, 5:44 pm in , , ,

This was sent to me by email today. Very profound.

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