I was invited to present the keynote plenary session on the first morning the Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination Association (NASCA) national forum, providing a client’s perspective.
PHILIP’S BLOG: How the forces of the arts, media and culture influence and shape our thinking and our national identity
Our thinking and national identity is pretty much defined by a big blob of white middle-class culture surrounded by a few odd bits.
But we know that most people in prisons made bad decisions, broke stupid rules, were struggling to survive and were hurt as much if not more than the people they hurt. For our Government to value their lives at $150 grand? That, in my mind, is a crime far, far worse.
If the world’s idea of employment were an ostrich, its entirety is well buried in sand, not just its head. To meet the huge diversity, complexity and change that is ‘careering’ towards us in the next 15 years, we need to be leading new conversations.
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.