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A creative learning vision

Posted by Philip Patston on 25 March 2010, 5:47 am in , , , ,

Creative Collide

Written for The Big Idea | 25 March 2010

It's the year 2150. Two generations have passed since a time in New Zealand history where politicians and bureaucrats tried to control the education of children and young adults by making them go to school, imposing fines if they don't, and insisting they learn certain things.

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Sir Ken Robinson on creativity in schools

Posted by Philip Patston on 19 February 2010, 8:34 am in , , , , ,

Sir Ken vid snap

>From ICP The National Professional Body for Creative Practitioners

"Creative Practitioners Darina Garland and Claudia Barwell met with Ken and his wife Maritherese in New York in December 2009 and recorded this interview especially for ICP. This is a rare opportunity to see Ken and Maritherese interviewed together, talking about creativity, schools, The Element ( Ken’s latest book) and life in general…" 

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Interview with Zeitgeist creator Peter Joseph

Posted by Philip Patston on 1 February 2010, 12:24 pm in , , , , , ,

Zeitgeist creator Peter Joseph talks about myth, money and a wiser future.


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We're changing in 2010...

Posted by Philip Patston on 6 November 2009, 7:49 pm in , , , ,


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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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Peer Support Design progresses

Posted by Philip Patston on 3 August 2009, 2:40 pm in , , ,

Diversityworks is working with disabled people, young people and family/whanau to explore how they can better use community-based relationships, virtual communication and socially innovative methods in their lives. Generously supported by the Todd Foundation.

Download PSDP Progress Report 3 Aug 2009 »

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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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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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Posted by Philip Patston on 25 April 2009, 5:23 pm in , , , ,

Renee Liang from The Lumiere Reader spoke to Philip recently about his upcoming show and how he invents himself.

RENEE: You call yourself a comedian, change consultant and social entrepreneur... how do those things all tie together? Can you be all of them at the same time?

PHILIP: Well it’s interesting you should ask because it’s one of the things I’m trying to do with this show. read more...

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