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Ironic cynicism trumps inspirational autism

Posted by Philip Patston on 15 August 2009, 2:25 pm in , , ,

I just found this great post on Facebook, expounding the positive qualities of autism. Read through, it's very inspirational, but check out the ironic comment at the end. One definition of cynicism is repressed passion – it may well be, but it can also be  very funny...

AUTISM POSITIVES : are what also distinguishes us, just a few words that come to mind in my opinion, which of course vary as we do: Honesty, genuine, dependable, integrity, reliable, loyal, trustworthy, non judgmental, free of many prejudices, sensitive, very accepting of other differences. We pay attention to detail and often notice things others may miss, will stick to the facts if feel others are wrong, principles. We can be a little over enthusiasm and have a great need for knowledge which often may seem to outsiders obsessive research. Of course this can lead to all sorts of talents when encouraged, as often interesting, complex and intelligent, creative in our own differencing ways and for some of us at times feel we are ahead of our years in some respects! Autism never boring, as autism spectrum disorders are illusive because they are not identifiable by a common trait or behavior and no one strategy works for all of them. We have ability to love totally, unconditionally, live in a moment, less materialistic. We can be in our own company for hours and not feel lonely and have great conversations with ourselves.We were born to think "outside of the box" open new doors for none autistic individuals, and even though the characteristic traits of autism can make life difficult and uncomfortable at times, they have been responsible for some of the world's greatest achievements throughout history - intense focus and potential to become leaders rather than followers.

ADD positives thoughts only please…

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Peer Support Design progresses

Posted by Philip Patston on 3 August 2009, 2:40 pm in , , ,

Diversityworks is working with disabled people, young people and family/whanau to explore how they can better use community-based relationships, virtual communication and socially innovative methods in their lives. Generously supported by the Todd Foundation.

Download PSDP Progress Report 3 Aug 2009 »

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This is drag, Jim...but not as you know it

Posted by Philip Patston on 2 August 2009, 4:38 pm in , , , , , ,

Here for the first time – Julie McNamara and I introduce "Derby and Joan" at Adelaide's Feast Festival, Nov 2008. Enjoy!

Warm thanks to PJ Rose and "No Strings Attached", Adelaide, for the footage and post-production.

Full version

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Request for Services — Virtual Community Development

Posted by Philip Patston on 30 June 2009, 12:16 pm in , , , ,

Diversityworks Trust is looking for a dynamic individual or company to  provide Virtual Community Development services, including administering, managing and developing our websites, social networks and online communication tools.

The successful applicant will have the following:

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Comedy break up

Posted by Philip Patston on 5 June 2009, 2:34 pm in , , , ,

With the NZ International Comedy Festival nearly two weeks behind me I think it's high time I debrief the experience, if not for whoever might be reading, at least for my own clarity and peace of mind. I'm at the end of a week's holiday where I've managed to stay clear enough of the computer to read Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (which was well worth it, by the way), so I'm feeling well-rested and ready to get back into work.

I've also had enough time to come to the realisation that, after nearly 15 years of struggling to find my place in the comedy industry, I should stop. At the end of last year, when I set the goal of doing a show in the festival, I set myself two objectives:

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The Creative Collide: Hats off to the bees

Posted by Philip Patston on 17 May 2009, 11:52 am in , , , ,

Hats off to the beesUsually I wear a lot of hats, all at once. Luckily they are metaphorical, otherwise I'd look a bit odd. But it takes a bit of doing and I often need to change the order in which they are piled on my head mid-way through an event. It's an art in itself really, changing hats in a fluid, discreet way: part modelling, part juggling, part brain gym. Vaguely discombobulating but strangely gratifying. Try it. Read more over at The Big Idea »

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The Diverse Art of Comedy

Posted by Philip Patston on 30 April 2009, 7:42 am in , ,

[caption id="attachment_1753" align="alignleft" width="121" caption="Janette Cervin “Tragic”"]Janette Cervin “Tragic”[/caption]

As part of his show, A Bit of What He’s Got, in the 2009 NZ International Comedy Festival, comedian and social entrepreneur Philip Patston has launched the Diverse Perspectives Portrait Project (D3P) to explore the interaction of attitude and perception using portraiture. Unitec Fine Arts students have contributed over a dozen portraits of the gay, disabled comic informed by different attitudes, which will be hung in the foyer of the Herald Theatre today.

Media Release...

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Self-invention

Posted by Philip Patston on 25 April 2009, 5:23 pm in , , , ,

Renee Liang from The Lumiere Reader spoke to Philip recently about his upcoming show and how he invents himself.

RENEE: You call yourself a comedian, change consultant and social entrepreneur... how do those things all tie together? Can you be all of them at the same time?

PHILIP: Well it’s interesting you should ask because it’s one of the things I’m trying to do with this show. read more...

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The Creative Collide

Posted by Philip Patston on 19 April 2009, 7:28 pm in , , , ,

Philip Patston - The Creative CollideKiwi comedian and creative entrepreneur Philip Patston will explore ‘what happens when creativity and diversity collide’ in a new blog on The Big Idea called The Creative Collide. "I am fascinated to foster a dialogue that generates exploration and greater awareness of the similarity, difference, variety and range of creative experiences and expression." Read more over at The Big Idea »

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D3P launched

Posted by Philip Patston on 16 April 2009, 9:12 pm in , , , ,

As part of his show in the 2009 NZ International Comedy Festival, comedian and social entrepreneur Philip Patston has launched the Diverse Perspectives Portrait Project (D3P) to explore the interaction of attitude and perception using portraiture. Unitec Fine Arts students will create portraits of the gay, disabled comic informed by different attitudes.

“We hope to see how different attitudes projected by the subject impact on the perspectives of the artists,” says Patston, “proving that diversity is not only in the eye of the beholder, but also in the eye of the person being beheld.”

Patston will pose using what he believes are a number of commonly held attitudes about marginalised people, that he calls the four T’s. These are trauma, tragedy, tricky (difficult), and triumphant.

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