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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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The greatest obstacle to diversity and inclusion

Posted by Philip on 18 October 2017, 4:43 pm in , ,

I recently received a request from a graduate student at Purdue University in the U.S.A. They are currently researching inclusion and diversity and wanted to interview me. Here are my responses...

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What was your “why” for entering diversity as a career?

Because I wanted to deepen awareness of diversity in creative, fun, non-threatening ways. My passion is leading change that embraces curiosity and inquiry into diversity, complexity and uncertainty. My vision is a society where all people freely share and celebrate identity and self-expression.

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Casual racism? Er, no

Posted by Philip on 28 September 2017, 10:38 am in , , , , , , ,

Long time no blog. My wrist is slowly healing, however, typing is still arduous. I was recently asked to contribute to an article on casual racism for an Australian publisher, so I thought I'd make the most of it and paste my responses. Hopefully I'll be back to blogging regularly in a few weeks.

Do you think casual racism still exists in many Kiwi workplaces?

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The metaphor of an on-screen keyboard

Posted by Philip on 19 August 2017, 12:42 pm in , , ,

Although my vlog got a fair bit of engagement (57 views — not exactly viral), I actually miss writing. So I'm using my mouse with an on-screen keyboard to write this. It's a bit slower than typing with my right hand, but a little more accurate I think. So all in all, it probably averages out around the same.

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Today marks the beginning of the sixth week without the proper/usual use of my right hand. I've had a diagnosis of radial nerve dysfunction and a prognosis of 6-12 weeks for it to heal (although some bastard on Facebook said he had it for 5 years — thanks for sharing, it made my day).

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On Metiria, Jacinda and the state of NZ politics

Posted by Philip on 6 August 2017, 12:30 pm in , , ,

As I still can't type properly I'm experimenting with vlogging. Apologies Deaf followers, I'll add subtitles asap.


Why is Jacinda dissing her Greens sis?

 

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Limp wrist

Posted by Philip on 17 July 2017, 3:15 pm in , , , ,

I woke up on Saturday morning to find I couldn't lift my hand up with my when my palm was facing downwards. No pain, no numbness, just intermittent pins and needles or tingling and no power in the upper side of my wrist.

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I can move my fingers and grip, though not as powerfully as usual. If I put my palm facing upwards I can lift my hand up. My coordination is not as good as normal, which isn't saying much.

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An interesting time

Posted by Philip on 10 July 2017, 11:31 am in , , ,

I recently read three very different takes on the world as it is now and how it compares to the past. One was this article in the Guardian, "The age of anger", another Margaret Wheatley's new book, "Who Do We Choose To Be?: Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity" and the third, a book by Magenta Pixie, "Masters of the Matrix: Becoming the Architect of Your Reality and Activating the Original Human Template".

world map overlaid with clocks

All used very different lenses — political, historical, leadership, spiritual and more — but all had a similar theme. The world, at this time, is in a state of flux.

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Have we got mental health wrong?

Posted by Philip on 30 June 2017, 4:48 pm in , , , , ,

Last week I started taking anti-anxiety medication. After six years, starting with the neighbours in 2011-2012 and culminating in the car saga earlier this year, I decided I needed help. I was sick of feeling like shit most of time.

So I went to my GP last week and asked for help. He assessed me on the Kessler (K10) scale for depression and anxiety — I scored 30 out of 50, qualifying me for treatment with SRRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) and psychological therapy.

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Living on the edge

Posted by Philip on 18 June 2017, 11:23 am in , , , , , ,

On Sunday my PA was sick and didn't arrive at 9.30 as planned. I called and texted and finally received a reply at 10.45am. Meanwhile I texted a couple of my other PAs — one was in West Auckland and couldn't make it for an hour, another didn't reply and another was on a yoga retreat.

A silouetted person stands looking over a cliff

I eventually texted a friend who lives nearby. I began writing this while I waited for her, to help me put my shoes and socks on, take my pills and then go out to brunch.

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Diversity is hard work

Posted by Philip on 16 June 2017, 3:17 pm in , , , , , , , , ,

When I began working for myself in 1998 I read a book — I can't remember which — that made an important distinction between hard work and difficult work. I've never forgotten it.

Hard work is about being persistent, disciplined, committed and, sometimes, working long hours (especially in the case of starting a business). Difficult work is complicated, confusing or highly technical — it takes a certain level of intellectual or specialist "grunt" to achieve the desired outcome.

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