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Leadership and social change - the new questions

Posted by Philip on 3 June 2011, 11:45 am in , ,

My dear friend and colleague (frolleague) Lesley Slade shared the following recently...

Peter Block writes:

Our intention is to create the possibility of an alternative future by creating a public conversation based on communal accountability and commitment. This is the essence of what restores community. Restoration and its new possibility is what can make a difference in those places where history and the past seem over-ridingly restraining.

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Social change and a civil society

Posted by Philip on 10 April 2011, 5:34 pm in , , , ,

Image of an ink stamp saying "Who are you?"Transcript of my presentation to Be. Leadership programme - retreat #2 on Sat 9 April 2011

I want to start by taking you back 15 years ago, when I was sitting backstage before my very first comedy gig. We had just had our 5 minute call and it had been decided that I would go on first. I had this moment where I thought, “What the … have I done?!! Why on earth did I ever think it would be a good idea to get up on stage in a wheelchair and do comedy?” And yet 6 months before when I had decided to do it, it seemed like a really good idea.

When I reflect on that situation I reckon it must have been very similar to when I was born. I would have been sitting in my mothers womb with my brother and I had decided to come out first. I would have thought, “Why on earth have I decided to come into this life?” At that point I think I would have known it was going to be "interesting".

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Heroes are scapegoats

Posted by Philip on 17 February 2011, 4:26 pm in , , , ,

In response to my earlier blog post, the idea that people are heroes for surviving adverse conditions has been discussed quite voraciously.

Well, over the course of the day I have realised: I have a problem with heroism.

What if we considered that heroes are scapegoats for bad social behaviour? By calling people heroes for surviving homophobic societies and wars, among other unnecessary circumstances, we create a bit of relief from responsibility for our reality, don't we?

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Well isn't this shiny?

Posted by Philip on 30 September 2010, 1:09 pm in , , ,

Welcome to my shiny, spanking new home on the interbone! Hope you like it as much as I do. I won't go on and on, but needless to say, I'm very proud of this blog, along with the new DiversityNZ.com hub and Diversityworks Trust site.

Thanks to Dylan Bland and Simon Garner for the awesome design.

It's all part of branding and positioning myself in the crazy old market of creative and social entrepreneurship. It also cements the major shift for me away from the comedian mantle to combine the humour and entertainment with the social change work I am passionate about.

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[Updated] Apple box or fruit bowl - the future of special education

Posted by Philip Patston on 26 July 2010, 12:00 am in , , , , , ,

This is the address I made to a forum on the Review of Special Education. The first story is an old legend of the Sioux Nation; the continuation is my own, inspired by the first.

The Creator gathered all of Creation and said, “I want to hide something from the humans until they are ready for it. It is the realisation that they create their own reality.”

The eagle said, “Give it to me, I will take it to the moon.”

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Rights versus competence - two very different things

Posted by Philip Patston on 16 July 2010, 1:07 pm in , , , , ,

Freelance journalist Karl du Fresne's recent blog post continues a theme he began in a column in The Dominion Post in February 2008, where he wrote that "a law change requiring intellectually disabled workers to be paid the legal minimum wage was a triumph of human rights ideology over common sense."

So, what's his latest blog about – the inappropriateness of an ideological and statutory change, or the incompetence of one of NZ's largest service providers to competently and progressively respond to that change? I think he is confusing the two and I'm not sure whether he's intentionally doing that – in order to try and argue the point – or not.

His argument as it stands could be like saying we shouldn't allow women to vote because some choose not to; or we shouldn't allow same-sex marriages because some will end in divorce. Based on the democratic capitalistic system we are all beholden to, the repeal of the DPEP Act was consistent with the notion of a fair and just society.

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BP's gush wreaks human havoc

Posted by Philip Patston on 24 June 2010, 10:07 am in , ,

As I watch BP's oil gush into the Gulf, I can't help but feel slightly impotent. I'm not usually one to confuse my manhood with world events.

There's something paralysing about watching the reckless, ravishing waste in my living room each night. It makes me want to stride into somewhere with manly authority, sort it all out and make it stop.

But I can't and that makes me feel limp with inadequacy.

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Do the big thinking first

Posted by Philip Patston on 25 May 2010, 10:15 pm in , ,

From my experience of seeding initiatives over the past 20 years, here are what I think are key to creating a solid foundation to a new entity or strategy:

  • A clear vision, mission and aim – what change in society is envisioned and how will that be achieved?

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I need your help get to New York to change the world!

Posted by Philip Patston on 3 May 2010, 8:14 pm in , , , ,

On 1 May my proposal for Performing the World 2010: Can Performance Change the World? (PTW 2010) was accepted. The conference received over 200 proposals and I have been picked to be part of the diversity and passion of social change and performance from all over the world. I need to raise about $12000 for the trip to New York.

The sixth Performing the World conference will be held in New York City from Thursday, September 30 through Sunday, October 3, 2010. My presentation will be a talk and workshop punctuated by performance with Tony Lewis, aiming to demonstrate a more dynamic and constructive social paradigm and recognise diversity as more than characteristics like gender, race, disability and sexuality. Participants will leave with a new understanding of our natural synergy of similarity and difference, uniqueness and commonality that exists in all people, in all places, at all times.

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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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