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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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NASC from a client’s perspective

Posted by Philip on 3 September 2015, 6:06 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This week the Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination Association (NASCA) held its national forum. According to its website, "NASCA provides leadership, assistance and peer support to NASC agencies throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand. NASC services are contracted by the Ministry of Health or District Health Boards to serve people with disabilities, people with mental health issues and older people needing age-related support."

I was invited to present the keynote plenary session on the first morning, providing a client's perspective. This, I explained in my introduction, was interesting given my well-known disdain for the NASC process. I assumed therefore, that I hadn't been invited to give a pep talk  — instead, I offered some critical analysis, drawing on the following model:

  • curiosity  — an eagerness to gather information and be open-minded
  • skepticism  — the comitment to question the information gathered
  • humility  — the willingness to change one's view

I asked my audience to embrace this mindset, as well as promising to do the same.

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Quitting isn't always giving up

Posted by Philip on 5 April 2012, 9:45 am in , , , ,

According to an article on Stuff, job resignations are steadily becoming more and more creative as evidenced by this viral video that's had over three million hits since it was posted last year.

Quitting anything generally gets a pretty bad rap in our society. Usually it's seen as weak, giving up, even cowardly.

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Trees in the distance

Posted by Philip on 27 March 2012, 6:11 pm in , , ,

On Sunday I sat out on my deck and noticed, in the distance, a gap in the landscape. A tree had disappeared.

Whoever decided to chop down the tree didn't realise they would change my view.

How many times, when we act, do we unknowingly change another's outlook, opinion, ideas? Might we even impact more tangibly on their lives?

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