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Philip Patston is a well-known social and creative entrepreneur, a former award-winning comedian and a specialist in leadership, diversity, creativity and social change.
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Digitally native or colonised?

Cartoon baby with iPhone

The phrase “digital native” has evolved pretty effortlessly into the common lexicon in the last five years. But is it accurate or a misnomer? What we need to keep reviewing, I think, is how early we allow children to adopt technology. The idea of digitally colonising our kids may make us think again about how old they are before we let their minds be gobbled up by our smartphone interfaces.

Will David Cunliffe’s male shame change domestic violence?

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There’s been a lot of talk, both for and against, David Cunliffe’s recent public confession that he is sorry to be a man. While I admire his intent, I think his choice of words let him down and weakened his message, for several reasons.

Good on David for trying to take on the Goliathian issue of male violence against women. Unfortunately, by misrepresenting the issue’s complexity, he may have had less of an impact than he could have.

Changing direction

Two safes copulating

As of tomorrow, 7 July, I’ll be employed for the first time in twelve years. In early May I applied for the 0.6FTE role of Communications Officer at the NZ AIDS Foundation, was offered, to my surprise, an interview in early June and, to my greater surprise, the job in mid-June.

Should kids have to keep themselves safe?

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We must finally admit we can no longer trust ourselves and each other to fulfil one of the most important roles of adults — child protection. The countless and growing statistics and news reports attest to it: we’ve got so bad at looking after kids, the least we can do is help them look after themselves.

Child criminals are victims — twice over

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The arrest of 12 and 13 year old boys for aggravated robbery and murder respectively in West Auckland a couple of weeks ago highlights a growing malaise in society. The incident itself is a tragedy for the victim and his family, but what is alarming to me is that the two offending boys are victims too — of whatever circumstances led them to offend and now, potentially, of the justice system as well.

The water hoarder — a capitalist fable

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Once upon a time there was a man. The man liked water — you may even say he loved it. The man grew up in a family of water lovers. The family didn’t have a lot of water, but they had enough to not be thirsty. He finished school and went to university. At university, he learnt how to acquire water.

Training versus experiential learning

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In a world that is requiring people to hold far more breadth than depth of knowledge and competence, it’s useful to take stock of those secondary skills you pick up along the way. They may pave the way to fascinating new careers, without the cost and time needed to formally retrain.

5 songs with great lyrics

Young guy in car with father. Captions: Stop singing. Stop singing. Stop singing.

“Everybody hurts sometimes, so hold on.”
“I tried so hard and got so far, but in the end it doesn’t even matter.”
“When life leaves us blind, love keeps us kind.”
“I’m not sure how it feels to handle everyday, like the one that just past, in the crowds with all the people.”
“Silence is not the way — we need to talk about it.”

Hesitantly weighing in on cyber-security

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I’m no cyber-security expert but I’m geeky enough to know that the recent eBay security breach and, before that, Heartbleed, are showing that passwords are fast becoming obsolete. Many real cyber-experts are advocating biometrics as the way forward — finger, eye or even face scanning.

But I like this solution posed by Justin Balthrop on Medium.

The road toll is stupid!

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Since watching and tweeting about a news report on a fatal car crash in the weekend, where alcohol and speed (180km/h) were factors, I haven’t been able to stop thinking how stupid and unnecessary the road toll is. In fact, I’d argue it could be almost eradicated quite easily.

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