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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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To choose the life I want to lead: submission to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into More Effective Social Services

Posted by Philip on 19 July 2015, 1:51 pm in , , , , , , , ,

This is the submission I made recently to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into More Effective Social Services, in response to Chapter 11: Client choice and empowerment. Submissions closed in June. 

I am Managing Director of Diversity New Zealand Ltd. I am recognised in New Zealand and overseas as a social and creative entrepreneur with fifteen years’ experience as a professional, award-winning comedian. My company works to develop capacity in individuals, teams, organisations and communities in the areas of leadership, diversity, complexity and change.

I use Individualised Funding (IF) to manage my support.

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NEW! Kickstarter campaign launched

Posted by Philip on 14 March 2015, 12:30 pm in , , , ,

On Friday 13 March we launched a new campaign on Kickstarter, which will enable the production of a short, short film called “Who We Are”. Based on an original poem I wrote in the 90s set to music, it will explore stereotypes that people place on others and themselves and question the human condition, both individually and collectively.

This is a link to the campaign » 

It runs until 12 April. Just wanted to let you know — and if you could let others know I'd be very grateful.

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A big shout out to @PledgeMe supporters

Posted by Philip on 8 March 2013, 9:45 am in , , ,

Back in January, the National Youth Drama School asked me to speak at their opening on 20 April. I was really keen to do this as the students are 14-18 year olds and I knew it would be a unique opportunity for me to share my message of diversity, creativity and social change with them.

The school is a non-profit organisation and could not cover all my travel and expenses. So I set up a PledgeMe campaign to raise $1200. Thanks to the generosity of the following people, and others, we reached the campaign goal, so I'll be able to attend the opening.

Thank you to:

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The week that was: 15-22 Feb 2013

Posted by Philip on 23 February 2013, 1:27 pm in , , , , , , ,

I haven't felt compelled to blog for a while so I thought I might try a new blogging format for a while and look back on the week in reflection and see what themes and insights emerge. I immediately feel slightly daunted by the task as I take a look at my calendar to jog my memory of the highlights.

Teenage guardianship

The most significant change of the week is that, last Saturday, I became the official guardian of a long-time friend's 14-year old daughter. This is quite an adjustment in both my default living arrangement and "parental" status. I have lived alone for as many years as I can remember and, apart from a few dogs and cats, have never been responsible for any other being but me.

The circumstances are that my friend's daughter, whom I've known since she was born in her parents' living room on Waiheke Island, chose last year to leave Ohakune, where her family has lived for about seven years, in order to attend Western Springs College, which is five minutes walk from where I live. She boarded with others of her Mum's friends last year and visited me each Tuesday after school. This year her boarding situation changed, due to the friends' living arrangements changing, so it was a bit of a no-brainer for her to come and live with me.

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Talking Individualised Funding on Radio New Zealand

Posted by Philip on 6 August 2012, 3:56 pm in , , ,

I spoke recently to Carol Stiles, from Radio New Zealand's One In Five programme, for her episode on Individualised Funding.

You can listen on the player below or visit the programme's page on Radio New Zealand's website.

From 00:13:44, I talk about the difference between employment systems and relationships, as well as the need for constructive, rather than punitive, auditing.

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IF only: reflections on individualised funding

Posted by Philip on 7 July 2012, 3:23 pm in , ,

My intentions to blog each day from the Individualised Funding conference I attended a couple of weeks ago were somewhat thwarted by memory and access to technology. It's always harder to type away from the old desk.

But, after a week to digest my thoughts, I will hopefully have created a more distilled reflection on this minefield of change happening on a global level in the paternalistic quagmire of disability support.

A change in the business model

At the heart of Individualised Funding (IF), called different things around the world (Direct Payments in the UK, Individual Budgets in the US and 'self-managed' and individualised services in Australia), is a change in the business model of funding disability support.

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Putting a bit of fun into funding?

Posted by Philip Patston on 26 July 2010, 9:52 pm in , , ,

At Diversityworks Trust we take a wider view of "creativity" than just arts and culture. For example we are interested in how creativity can be used for benefit across several sectors, including the arts, education, business and social/community sectors, and our work at any given time may span more than one. Our issue is that funding streams are usually so narrow that any hint of a project crossing streams is seen by funders as a reason to say no, because it doesn't fit one particular stream's criteria.

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