Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe is the latest in a long line of sports “stars” to come out as gay in an interview with celebrity interviewer Sir Michael Parkinson. It seems to be […]
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.
Originally posted on DIV:INQ — Diversity Inquiry:
Once upon a time there was an ice cream shop. Now, everyone loves ice-cream (at least in this story) it is part of life from…
Originally posted on melt your mind:
Meet Baxter, the robot you don’t program — you just show ‘him’ what to do. Baxter is an adaptive, collaborative manufacturing robot. It contains cameras, sensors and…
I used to think I had commitment-phobia, but now, I realise, I commit to lots of things — work, friendships, appointments, drinking regularly, you name it. I may even have committed to exercising everyday, but I won’t promise — it’s only been two weeks (and I missed three days because I was working and had to get up early).
See, I told you I’m committed to work.
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.
None of the problems we face these days — climate change, poverty, violence, suicide, inequality, you name it — need to exist. They are simply the result of our greed, irresponsibility and unwillingness to accept that we lie in the bed that we make.
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.
Last night, 3 News anchor Mike McRoberts quoted Peter Loft, the head of the Achilles Foundation, which has been sending disabled athletes to the New York marathon for 20 years: “They come here with […]
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?
Attitude is everything, they say. What if I said, I don’t think so?.
Consider that, as long as it remains inside my head, my attitude means nothing. It’s only when I speak it, or act on it, that it begins to matter.
To truly explore and embrace the wonder of human diversity has little to do with finding answers about other people. What it requires of all of us is the willingness to realise we’ve been wrong about ourselves and be ok with that.
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.
Organisations that “do” diversity: Have policies, strategies and plans to manage it Get trained in different aspects of diversity – gender, culture, sexuality, disability Have “ethnic” days, lunches, etc Count staff categories… […]
The More Diversity on Screen campaign set out to begin a new conversation with the public and media industry in New Zealand about disability and diversity on screen. The campaign was an […]