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Diversity and the ability to give and accept an apology

Posted by Philip on 26 January 2016, 11:00 am in , , ,

Diversity is diverse, infinitely diverse. As I wrote recently, "Self-awareness is more useful than having some form of "textbook knowledge" of other people. Because there are no rules of thumb for engaging respectfully and meaningfully with people if you want to acknowledge the true nature of diversity."

Part of this approach to diversity requires the willingness to be wrong and the humility to apologise. To heal the mistake, the generosity of the wronged party to forgive, is also necessary.

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When too many rights make a wrong

Posted by Philip on 29 July 2015, 10:01 am in , , , , , , , ,

'Right' is an interesting word. It can refer to the state of being correct, a (legal) entitlement, a conservative political stance, the opposite direction to left, among other things.

But the belief that one is right about, or has a right to, a certain thing, with no willingness to change stance, can lead to a varying number of undesirable outcomes. It also ignores the diversity and complexity involved in a lot of decision-making processes.

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When everything goes wrong rightly

Posted by Philip on 24 May 2015, 11:25 am in , , , , , ,

"Incorrect" with "in" crossed outKathryn Shultz quotes Ira Glass in her excellent TED Talk, On Being Wrong. She does so to add another example of how we go through life in "a bubble of feeling right" when, in fact, we seldom are.

"I thought this one thing was going to happen and something else happened instead. And the thing is, we need this. We need these moments of surprise and reversal and wrongness to make [our] stories work." — Ira Glass, Host, This American Life.

Leadership, diversity, complexity and change, the spaces in which my work most often falls, are bastions of wrongness.

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Rethinking for scrutiny, not to be right

Posted by Philip on 17 May 2014, 11:27 am in , , , , , , , ,

it's a new ideaFor about seven years I've guest lectured in the Concepts of Rehabilitation paper at AUT University. The students come from a wide range of disciplines including physiotherapy, chiropractics, nursing and occupational therapy.

I ask that students prepare by reading my journal article, Constructive Functional Diversity (CFD), which quite radically challenges the binary notion of disability and non-disability, and suggests new language for the mainly medicalised ideas behind rehab. It also challenges the focus of functional improvement in favour of considering functional value instead.

Then we have a 90-minute conversation.

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What's wrong with education?

Posted by Philip on 19 November 2013, 2:06 pm in , , , ,

Quite simply, it's not ok to be wrong in education.

In life, being wrong, or making mistakes, means learning.

In education — at secondary and tertiary level, at least — being wrong most often means failing.

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Is the wonder of diversity getting lost in fear of being wrong?

Posted by Philip on 23 September 2013, 9:58 am in , , , ,

Young male looks scared

In my twenties, I used to run disability awareness workshops, mainly for people working in disability services. I had an assumption and an agenda — they were wrong and I was there to show them that and tell them how to be right.

Over the years, I've met people who had been in those workshops. They've told me they'd never forgotten the workshop and how scared of me they were.

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National Youth Drama School visit

Posted by Philip on 22 April 2013, 12:06 pm in , , , , , ,

Saturday 20 April 2013 saw me wing my way to Havelock North via Napier to speak at the opening of the National Youth Drama School.

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