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Diversity through three social change lenses

Posted by Philip on 22 August 2013, 6:18 pm in , , , , , , ,

The notion of diversity is still, in my opinion, hopelessly limited. In the last month I narrowly missed the launch of DiverseNZ (their website diversenz.org is still dead...I mean, not live). Then I watched Helen Clark speak, albeit eloquently, but so basically, about women in leadership at TEDx Auckland 2013.

Clark, like DiverseNZ, spoke about women in leadership like it was a new idea. I wondered what year it was. Actually, what century.

The consistent and continual confusion of categorisation and representation with diversity is something I bang on about all the time. This week I guest lectured at Unitec's "Community Development & Social Change" and "Mental Health & Disability programmes". This time I banged a slightly different beat, thanks to a framework created by friend and fellow social change practitioner, Gael Surgenor.

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Be careful how you shine

Posted by Philip on 3 July 2011, 12:44 pm in , , , , , ,

In my recent post How to create more rainbows, I talked about the relationship between lightness and darkness in terms of colour. In this post I want to talk about another aspect of this relationship that I learnt in the recent retreat I attended, run by Sue Davidoff and Allan Kaplan of the Proteus Initiative.

The other part of the connection between light and dark is that light creates darkness by casting shadow. The two go hand in hand – they are the equal and opposite reactions of each other. They are a manifestation of nature's perfect balance of positivity and negativity. We cannot have light without shadow; nor can we have shadow without light.

In the social setting of human endeavour, "doing good" can be equated with "creating light". It may be providing a human service, parenting a child, setting up an environmental organisation, even giving pleasure others through entertainment.

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