Space – be it personal space, the figurative concept, or literal outer space where the stars and planets live – is not something we should take for granted.
This month’s DPSN theme is Space, and who better to talk about space than Dr. JJ Eldridge – Astrophysicist and Non-binary person studying exploding binary stars in NZ.
They chat with us about exploding binary start, and exploding the myth of the gender binary. They explore how science, and the study of space, can create more space for gender and sex diversity and fluidity.
April has been nominated as ‘space’ month on DPSN. We’ve asked our bloggers to let us know what they think of in relation to the concept of ‘space’ – whether it’s the literal, physical space around them, mental space, emotional space, space in relationships or the space out there in the universe! As always, we’re…
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.
Reverence may be paid to new rituals and customs. Changes may be made to environments to make them more accessible or representative. Language may be scrutinised and modified to create a more welcoming lexicon. Laws may change to increase rights and entitlements.
In themselves these acknowledgements are important and meaningful. They achieve their intent – to decrease exclusion and increase participation.
My birthday’s coming up soon. Looking in the mirror, I seem to notice a new wrinkle on my face almost every day, lately, although that might be just the thought of getting another year older making my imagination work overtime!
It’s strange how when we’re young, some of us can’t wait to be grown up. But when we become adults, people often talk about birthdays as if they are something to be afraid of. I heard someone the other day say, “I’ll be ‘the big 3-0’ soon!”, with a frightened look on her face. It made me take notice of her words, because when this birthday has passed, I’ll be ‘the big a-lot-more-than-that’.
Birthdays measure time passing; and with time, people get older. It’s just the way it is. But are those changes we go through as we age something to be frightened of?
This month we interviewed Julie Watson to talk to us about the change people go through when entering aged-care facilities, and how she works to change the sector to make it more friendly to the Rainbow Community with the Silver Rainbow programme.
As we continue to roll into 2017, we’ve decided to make March ‘change’ month on DPSN. We’ve asked our bloggers to let us know their thoughts on change – be it positive or negative experiences, how people cope with change in themselves or others, or how the world is changing around us. As always, we’re keen for you to be part of the conversation, so let us know your thoughts on change in the comments below, or jump over to our Facebook page to join the conversation.