change

Changing direction

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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.

Soul work

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When we stop wishing to harm each other through shame and blame. When we realise that, as someone said yesterday, diversity is life and life is diversity. When we realise there’s nothing to fear and everything to love.

That’s when change will happen. That’s everybody’s soul work.

Watching culture emerge

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There’s a lot of talk about creating and changing culture in groups and organisations. The assumption is that culture can be manipulated by design and somehow a desire for a certain “shape” of culture can be transposed onto a group of people at will.

I’m not sure that’s possible.

Let’s have some new gender stories please

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The stories we tell as humans are what sets us apart from every other species on the planet. Yet we fear changing our stories. We mindlessly ignore the influence of nurture on our social and intellectual development. We conservatively defer to nature as being statically right, rather than embracing the wonder of human nature: that we can change what nature creates for us because we have the awareness, understanding, technology and will to do so.

Changing our stories is what allows us to evolve. Our gender stories are the most basic and fundamental of all. Until we can change those, how on earth will we change the more complex stories of our diversity?

Diversity through three social change lenses

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The space in between, I would suggest, is where diversity truly lies. It exists neither within us nor within others, but between us. It is manifest in how we communicate, interact, respect, trust, support and love one another. It manifests in our relationships, our beliefs, our assumptions and our discovery of each other — not once and forever, but in a continual, ever-changing and ever-wonderous discovery of who we are.

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