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Religion won't help kids with diversity...but fluidity might

Posted by Philip Patston on 16 March 2010, 4:11 pm in , , , , ,

"If we want children to know more about understanding, tolerance and diversity, teach them that, for God's sake."

Written for 3news.co.nz | 16 March 2010

A Victoria University academic believes teaching primary school children about the world's main religions will promote understanding and tolerance, and prepare kids for an increasingly diverse 21st century.

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The Venus Project World Tour - New Zealand

Posted by Philip Patston on 15 March 2010, 9:10 am in , , , ,

Thursday, April 15, 2010 from 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (GMT+1200)

Hopetoun Alpha, 19 Beresford Sq, Auckland, New Zealand


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A typewritten blog?

Posted by Philip Patston on 14 March 2010, 10:00 am in , , ,

Creative Collide

Originally published on The Big Idea | 10 March 2010

Education. It's been in the news a lot lately. In New Zealand we've been talking about fining parents for truancy. In the US they've been talking about firing teachers for poor student performance. The NZ Government has just announced it will stop funding universities and university students when they fail and will no longer give interest-free loans. Not very creative. read more...

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There but for the grace of gays go I

Posted by Philip Patston on 9 March 2010, 9:15 am in , , , ,

"Actually, I blame religion for my sexual orientation."

Originally published on 3news.co.nz | 9 March 2010

One of the great things about hitting 40 was the realisation that I no longer had to do stuff young people do. So it was with great relief that I found out that Shaun and Anna, members of our Peer Support Network, had decided to go to Mardi Gras. Far better they wave the gay disabled flag than me, because mine’s a little thread bare.

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Is homework taxing your Whanau Ora?

Posted by Philip Patston on 23 February 2010, 9:58 pm in , ,

Originally published on 3news.co.nz | 19 Feb 2010

Just when I was scared I'd have to write 400 words about why the Government might have thought it was an act of economic brilliance to put GST up and income tax down in the same breath, John Key went head to head with Tariana Turia over "Whanau Ora" and Karori Normal School banned homework.

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Unique pair to fly pink to Mardi Gras

Posted by Philip Patston on 21 February 2010, 11:37 am in , , ,

Shaun and Anna

Sometimes all it takes is a common experience to realise that you are not as unique as you think.

Shaun McKinney and Anna Nelson met in April 2009, at the first design forum to establish Diversityworks Trust's Peer Support Network. Both share the experience of disability, though they prefer to think of it as unique function.

Shaun (24), a member of Rainbow Youth, is openly gay and Anna (30) is exploring her sexual preference. She also co-ordinates the Peer Support Network. read more...

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Negative slogan gives negative outcome?

Posted by Philip Patston on 6 February 2010, 8:24 am in , , , ,

The slogan, "Nothing about us without us" has been bandied around the international "disability" community for years and it has just been heralded, at the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament and the European Disability Forum (EDF) in Brussels, as "the motto ... calling for a full participation of disabled people in all policies." It was described by the President of the EDF as "an historic day for the 65 million persons with disabilities" where inclusion "is becoming a reality."

Really? I think the only reality this motto is creating is exclusion. In terms of genuine participation in political change, disabled people still get "nothing" about us, and that nothing happens "without" us.

When are disabled people going to get it? Why do we keep putting negative ideas into the quantum field by using negative language? When we think "disabled", we get disabled. When we think, "nothing" and "without", bingo! We get it.

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Speaking of "beyond boxes"...

Posted by Philip Patston on 5 February 2010, 9:42 am in , , , ,

I like this film by Joseph Pelling. Winner of the Digital Artist Awards 2009 animation category