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A strange time of year

Posted by Philip on 8 December 2015, 10:33 am in , , , , , , , , , ,

If there was ever a good example of "the space in-between", it would be now, during the months of December and January. There's a strange, almost contradictory, feel of winding down and finishing up, yet beginning anew and preparing to wind up again.

And, even deeper, there's a space in-between the space in-between: a time of rest, restoration, renewal and revival — time to take stock, reflect, make changes and adapt.

Dare I say, it's a space and time for growth and decay.

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Reflections on leadership development

Posted by Philip on 9 November 2015, 1:10 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The following is what I shared on Saturday night, added to by my co-director Lesley Slade, with the 2015 graduates of the Be. Leadership programme:

Leadership is a tough gig. Leadership development is even tougher. 

It requires the acumen of leadership while sitting with discomfort, confusion and a reconstruction of self. It also requires staying in a process while wanting to run away; and leaving behind attitudes and behaviours you may hold dear.

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When success becomes excess

Posted by Philip on 15 March 2015, 12:48 pm in , , , , , , ,

People at PasifikaSaturday 14 March's NZ Herald editorial questions the future of the Pasifika Festival, dubbed the "biggest celebration of Pacific Island culture and heritage in the world". A short-notice move from its Western Springs Park home, because of the Queensland fruit-fly quarantine in the area, has been eclipsed by allegations of inauthenticity, over-commercialisation and anti-competitive sales restrictions by major sponsor Tip Top.

Amid threats of boycotts by Pasifika founders, Ateed, the Auckland Council's tourism, events and economic development agency, insisists that the Festival’s “uniqueness and charm” will remain intact. This despite “palagi” (non-Pacific) PR company Orange Productions scooping the contract to stage the event this year and allegations of non-consultation.

Pasifika turns 23 this year. It’s had a pretty good innings as far as events go, particularly spawning from cultural and community roots. I can’t think of another running as long in New Zealand.

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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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TEDxAuckland 2012: The Label Libel, A New Look at Diversity

Posted by Philip on 8 December 2012, 11:16 am in , , , , ,

Saturday 6 October 2012

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My new tattoo [video]

Posted by Philip on 16 December 2011, 11:01 pm in , , , , ,

Here's a video of me getting my first tattoo.

The design starts with my sun sign Capricorn which merges into the lemniscate or symbol of infinity.  Growing leaves sprout from paths that lead around my wrist. Decaying leaves and shadow paths feature on the underside. The design encapsulates my birth, the potential of my life, the processes of growth and decay and paths I have taken and those I could have taken. It also depicts spaces in between which give rise to possibility.

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The passion - compassion - pity - contempt chain

Posted by Philip on 11 November 2011, 6:04 pm in , , , , , ,

Most close relationships — be they parental, friendships, intimate or professional — begin with passion. We see all the good things — the cuteness, the interesting ideas, the good looks, the skills, the strengths.

As the relationship matures and develops, we need to bring in compassion. This allows us to understand and excuse the naughtiness, the lateness, the strange habits, the occasional inflexibility, the weaknesses.

Relationships based on passion and compassion are healthy, useful, balanced. We are human.

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