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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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Malcolm Gladwell on diversity, happiness and spaghetti sauce

Posted by Philip Patston on 23 August 2009, 8:55 am in ,

If we thought about people like the food industry now thinks about spaghetti sauce and coffee, imagine how the world would be...


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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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Australian Education Revolution Charter promising

Posted by Philip Patston on 11 August 2009, 7:48 am in , , ,

Looks like the Ozzies are out-doing us when it comes to good thinking and strategy for education reform. Parent contacts are being sought to drive a movement for change away from institution-based to parent-directed education funding. This from  the National Federation of Parents, Families and Carers via the Centre for Civil Society:

Next week, we are looking to establish a parent contact in every school in Australia as the basis for a broad parent-driven movement for real change in education.

The following is the latest draft of our Charter for a Real Education Revolution for consideration at forums in Sydney and Melbourne on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 August. Your comments are invited.

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Does so-called "special" education DESERVE to lose funding?

Posted by Philip Patston on 7 August 2009, 8:07 am in , , , ,

NZ Herald, 5 August 2009: "The principal of Wilson School, which is to lose $260,000 in the Government's cuts to school therapists, is concerned that the decision to strip special-needs children of therapy hours cannot be backed by research."

The recent uproar about cuts in funding for therapists is a red herring as far as I'm concerned. When I look at the overal achievement rates of students with "special needs", a term I find abhorrent and patronising, it leaves me absolutely exasperated as to the impact of education on disabled kids. I think therapy is part of an obsession with "common function" and it totally negates the uniqueness of our kids.

As an adult and professional with unique experience I see no evidence that the "special education" system does anything to learn from my wisdom - in fact, I think the system does everything it can to exclude disabled adults from having any input into the  education of our kids.

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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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HIV tango takes two – let's toughen up on responsibility and prevention

Posted by Philip Patston on 24 June 2009, 6:20 pm in , , , , , , ,

The question I'm asking myself, as I read that another 13 people have come forward saying they had unsafe sex with Glenn Richard Albert Mills, accused of deliberately infecting young men and at least one young woman with HIV, is: Why the hell are people still having unsafe sex with strangers?

Without in any way condoning Mills' actions, lesser still his intent, I can't get it out of my head that, somehow, anyone who is naive enough to have unprotected sex with someone they hardly know these days has denial problems. Either that or kids are leaving school never having heard of HIV and AIDS, in which case, schools need a severe bollocking.

AIDS is coming up for its 30th anniversary – that's nearly two generations. No one should even be thinking "sex" without "potential death if unprotected" anymore. Should they? Everyone should know by now that you can't trust even the most trust-worthy of tricks because they themselves might not know they're infected. Shouldn't they?

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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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