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With privilege comes context

Posted by Philip on 9 April 2017, 4:11 pm in , , ,

I've been reflecting on privilege over the last week since it came up during the last session of Be. Leadership. The questions I've been grappling with are: Should you use your privilege for your own benefit? And how do you use your privilege for the benefit of others and the betterment of society, even humanity. Having just watched I, Daniel Blake, I have some answers.


The movie is a testament to privilege — particularly its contextual complexity. It's raw and British-made — the story of a middle aged carpenter who is denied state welfare after having a heart attack and who supports a single mother in a similar scenario. Notably, it critiques a cruel, unfeeling bureaucracy that is designed to create enough resistance to make people give up fighting and go without welfare assistance. It also presents an older man, Daniel Blake, who is unwell and a younger solo mum, Katie, both of whom have different forms of privilege, as well as a lack of it.

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21st Century communication clues

Posted by Philip on 24 April 2013, 2:20 pm in , , , , , , , , , ,

I've said it before, I'm sure, how ironic it is that, in an age of so many means of contacting people, how difficult it is to efficiently communicate. Not only is it difficult to know which medium is best to use to initiate contact in different situations, it's also incredibly difficult to know if the person has received the communication.

Today I had two situations where I was waiting for replies to communication. In one situation I'd left a voicemail yesterday morning and had sent an email last night. A call this morning revealed the person had been unwell yesterday. 

In the other situation, an unanswered email I sent on Monday, and had to follow up this morning, turned out to be the result of somebody else not responding to my original email, which had been forwarded on.

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Paul Henry: so why all the fuss now?

Posted by Philip on 9 October 2010, 8:40 am in , , ,

I don't really want to give Paul Henry any more attention — I'm sure he is absolutely reveling in the media and dining-room hysteria he has created, in the same way a naughty, pubescent boy would.

But I think it is worth pointing out the fact that it was not until Henry insulted one privileged New Zealander (Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand) to another (Prime Minister John Key) that the nation finally said, enough.

When Henry unleashed on people experiencing intellectual disability — arguably the least valued and powerful group of citizens in our society — hardly a squeak was heard from Jo and Joe Public. It was chiefly the disability community and sector that raised concerns and fought in self-defense.

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