PHILIP’S BLOG: Fringe leadership – what are the alternatives?

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When it comes to leading change and creating social movements, particularly when it involves people on the margins of society, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming success means “widening” the mainstream to accept a new group of previously excluded citizens. What I would call fringe leadership is the commitment to doing things the other way around. It’s about bringing the mainstream to the marginalised minority with the intention of disrupting the dominant culture.

I had restricted access to voting booth then was treated like a second-class citizen…

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I have just been to Grey Lynn Community Centre to cast a special vote. As I use a wheelchair I checked elections.org.nz to ensure access — the site listed it as fully wheelchair accessible. When I arrived the door being used had a step. I entered through the centre’s main door and went to the inside door of the Oval Room. My PA went to open the door and it was blocked by a table. He was told to use the inaccessible entrance. He then had to argue with staff to convince them to move the table to allow me access. Neither of us received any apology.