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Why I've changed my mind about entering local body politics

Posted by Philip on 13 November 2017, 6:26 pm in , , , , , , ,

People have been telling me for 20 years I should be in politics. For 20 years I've recoiled in horror, saying I wouldn't be seen dead in politics — in fact, I remember saying at a comedy gig once to shoot me if I did.

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I was just joking.

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Avoiding filling the void — an epiphany in the making

Posted by Philip on 30 May 2016, 3:48 pm in , , , ,

Sorry for being quiet on the blogging front lately. It's been a weird time, lurching from busyness to idleness in three or four day cycles.

Image: Len Jingco via Metservice

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5 ways to avoid assumptions

Posted by Philip on 18 April 2015, 9:14 am in , , , , , , , , , , , ,

We all do it. See someone new and, within seconds, our brains start making up stories about them. Or we meet them, exchange a few words and before we know it, we're filling in the gaps with our imaginations. The result? Assumptions.

I did it recently, ironically right after running a workshop on accessibility and confidence for health staff. My colleagues Kylie, Sam and I were about to get into the car when an elderly gentleman approached us.

"As always happens in hospitals," he said, "I'm lost."

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Soul work

Posted by Philip on 8 May 2014, 1:36 pm in , , , , , , , ,

flower eyeYesterday I ran a session on diversity with a group of facilitators. My aim was to work with them around their understanding of diversity but also to highlight the power of facilitation to elicit diversity.

I described the session in this way:

Diversity beyond labels

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The strange death of a stranger

Posted by Philip on 24 February 2014, 3:59 pm in , , , , ,

It's always something of a shock when well-known strangers like Charlotte Dawson kill themselves. I felt the same when Greg King suicided in November 2012.

They feel familiar and yet they're not. You feel sad but there's no relationship to mourn. Life goes on with nothing missing.

Perhaps there's even a subconscious, yet obviously false, belief that someone so well-known would have something to live for. Everything even.

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Why me?

Posted by Philip on 13 March 2012, 5:52 pm in , , , ,

When something bad happens to them, people ask, "Why me?" They never ask that when something good happens.

The answer to, "Why me?" is, "Because otherwise it would be someone else." And, if it's so bad, why would you wish it on someone else?

It seems to me a better question could be, "Why not me?" Because this question is also the answer to the first.

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