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The hypocrisy of private and public money

Posted by Philip on 26 August 2013, 8:00 am in , , , ,

I haven't written about it but I've often thought and talked about it. The unfairness and unethical difference in the way private money goes unmonitored while public money attracts such scrutiny continually disgusts me.

Profit-making individuals and companies can amass any level of financial wealth with no accountability. Non-profit or public money, however, is scrutinised beyond belief and no-one should get rich doing good.

Dan Pallotta makes the point far more eloquently than I ever could in this TEDTalk.

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Money's performance appraisal

Posted by Philip on 30 March 2012, 4:08 pm in , ,

Over breakfast this morning, my PA Wai and I mused, "What if money were an employee and had a performance appraisal?" We thought it may go something like this:

  • You're not performing very well lately.
  • You seem to be involved in some shadey dealings.
  • Sometimes we're left waiting around for you and you don't turn up until the last minute, or you're late.
  • Sometimes you don't turn up at all.
  • You need to learn to spread yourself more evenly between people.
  • In and of yourself, you're useless.
  • You take yourself far too seriously.
  • One minute you're up and then you're down.
  • You sit around doing nothing and then you seem to have a strange way of multiplying yourself.

And so on. I've forgotten a few. Add to them (and you, Wai, if you're reading!).

Have a good weekend.

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What dumpsters can teach us about life without money

Posted by Philip on 1 February 2012, 8:34 pm in , ,

The multi award-winning documentary DIVE! by filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends reveals three basic rules to dumpster diving, as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles' supermarkets:

  1. First one to the dumpster has first dibs.
  2. Never take more than you need.
  3. Leave it cleaner than you found it.

No money involved in dumpster diving.

Let's apply those rules to supermarkets:

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The transition begins – Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

Posted by Philip on 9 December 2010, 3:47 pm in , , ,



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Disability stuff up being fixed by those who stuffed up

Posted by Philip on 5 October 2010, 6:21 pm in , , ,

Disability support providers Idea Services and Timata Hou asked to be put under statutory management because they could not afford the potential $176 million liability of a court-ordered requirement to pay workers for the time they are asleep at their care houses, according to 3news.co.nz.

Service and Food Workers Union national Secretary John Ryall said, "The reason that IHC has been forced to put its trading companies into statutory management is because the Government, as the funder, has sat on its hands and refused to acknowledge that disability support workers have been ripped off for the last 20 years."

It would seem to me there's fault on both sides. The Ministry for failing to provide adequate funding and management for failing to respond early enough. Either way disabled people lose out.

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New Zeitgeist Movie imminent

Posted by Philip on 5 October 2010, 8:58 am in , , , , ,

Great to see this will be out in January!

SYNOPSIS - Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, by director Peter Joseph, is a feature length documentary work which will present a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject matter will transcend the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and move to relate the core, empirical "life ground" attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a "Resource-Based Economy".

THEATRICAL RELEASE - Zeitgeist: Moving Forward is planned to be released in 60+ countries and in 20+ languages starting January 15th 2011. This large scale release is not associated with any major distributor. 

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Changing gear – it’s all about the clutch

Posted by Philip on 30 August 2010, 4:52 pm in , , , , ,

Diagram of a clutch

I’ve been going like the clappers for the last week, trying to complete an application to Creative New Zealand to record some music to add to my creative repertoire. Getting quotes and references, writing philosophies and budgets, creating plans and rationales. I have been writing and rewriting, questioning my motives for wanting to do this, feeling anxious that my 890 Facebook friends and 325 Twitter followers won’t like my stuff and wondering if what I do is good enough to be funded anyway.

Then I got an email from an arts advisor:

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Putting a bit of fun into funding?

Posted by Philip Patston on 26 July 2010, 9:52 pm in , , ,

At Diversityworks Trust we take a wider view of "creativity" than just arts and culture. For example we are interested in how creativity can be used for benefit across several sectors, including the arts, education, business and social/community sectors, and our work at any given time may span more than one. Our issue is that funding streams are usually so narrow that any hint of a project crossing streams is seen by funders as a reason to say no, because it doesn't fit one particular stream's criteria.

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If society were an iPad

Posted by Philip Patston on 8 April 2010, 7:54 pm in , , , , , ,

"Society without money couldn't possibly work. How would we control things, how would we counter greed?"

Written for 3news.co.nz | 8 April 2010

One of the things I've always loved about Apple products – and the company itself – is how they rethink technology. They have the knack of continually introducing fundamentally new concepts to inspire people to change how they work, play and interact with each other.

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The cost of noteworthy difference

Posted by Philip Patston on 1 April 2010, 4:30 pm in , ,

"What dollar value do we put on comfort and communication for Margaret Page?"

Written for 3news.co.nz | 1 April 2010

There are some things that just have to be done, whether or not they make "good economic sense". Paying well people who support disabled people is one. Supplying disabled people with the equipment and resources they need to have a life worth living is another.

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